Obituary of Francis J. Green
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Franny “Banjo Man” Green
Francis “Franny” Green, age 74, passed peacefully surrounded by his family in Egg Harbor Township, NJ on December 16, 2021. Born in Philadelphia on January 16, 1947, he worked for 32 years as a longshoreman on the docks of Philadelphia and Camden. Franny owned Franny Green’s Restaurant and Pub in Juniata, Philadelphia, and later owned Salad Chef in Pleasantville. Franny was best known for his remarkable talent for singing and playing the banjo, which he taught himself to play. He played in the Fralinger, Quaker City, and South Philly string bands, and entertained many years at Franny Green’s Banjo Room in Avalon, the Showboat Casino, and countless other bars and restaurants. Franny was a fixture on the shore music scene, even playing for then California Governor Ronald Reagan at Wildwood Convention Hall. He was particularly proud that he entertained in Cuba as a very young man during the Cuban Revolution. Franny was a very well-liked band leader who had great compassion for his many friends and family. Survivors include sons Richard and his partner Chad of EHT, Jeffrey of Brigantine, a sister Pat Romero of Deptford, grandchildren Roman, Bella, and Geoffrey, nieces and nephew Kellie, Beth, Trish, and John, as well as several great nieces and nephews.
Franny was preceded in death by his wife Catherine Green and brothers Thomas and Richard.
A Celebration of Life service is planned in the near future. For condolences to the family, visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com