The limo industry lost a familiar face in a tragic accident this past weekend. I lost a friend.
When I first got into the limo industry as a marketing person, one of the first people I struck up a friendship with was John M. Greene. When I heard his voice for the very first time, I was greeted by not only a very strong Boston accent, but his honest and infectious laugh.
We became friends immediately over our love for hockey and sports in general. Myself and Brian O’Neill went for a visit and had the most amazing time hanging out in Johnny’s limo and at the Red Sox game, amongst other stops to watch his beloved Bruins play the Philadelphia Flyers in a playoff game. He was so proud of his city—and even though Brian and myself were Philly fans, we all still connected as only Northeast sports fans can. His face lit up as our limo dropped us off on Yawkey Way just outside Fenway Park. It goes without saying that Johnny was in his element, entertaining guests and enjoying life.Up until a month ago, we still kept in touch every now and then.
I was as shocked as anyone when I awoke Sunday morning and saw Johnny Greene’s obituary being shared on Facebook. Even after reading the links to the Cape Cod Times, I still couldn’t believe what I read. As stated on the website:”Falmouth police have identified the pedestrian killed Saturday near the Cape Cod Fairgrounds as John M. Greene, a 57-year-old Braintree resident.”
For those of you who did not know Johnny, he and his brother Peter ran ETS International, a global provider of chauffeur-driven transportation services based in the Boston area. Peter did the business side and Johnny did what he did best: marketing and sales. But Johnny was, to use an old but battle-tested cliche, “larger than life”. When he wasn’t working, Johnny was skydiving, traveling, around his family and making other people laugh. If you have ever attended any of the shows (including Chauffeur Driven and the LCT Show, as well as ours), it wasn’t hard to find Johnny. He was also in the middle of all the action. For those of you who did know Johnny, it was truly a gift to have had him in your life.
John M. Greene was a frequent writer for the Limo Digest magazine and many of his articles can be found on this website. Full disclosure: I ghost-wrote his blog for him for many years. He couldn’t be bothered with it and loved what I wrote about. He respected me and trusted me… like family.
He treated his own workers and his friends like family. When I met his staff at his office, I was struck by something his controller Anne Musinskas relayed to me. “Everyone is family to him,” said Anne Mucinskas, controller, HR director and one of those loyal-colleagues turned-honorary-family-members. He takes care of everybody, and he doesn’t have to demand respect—you just give it to him because of the great person he is. He is ETS.”
He will be always be ETS… and a whole lot more. God bless you, Johnny Greene. Those of us who knew you will never forget your love for life. /LD