63-Year Veteran Coast Guard Auxiliarist Passes Away

Lakewood, OHIO – Mr. Charles Greanoff, former National Commodore of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Ninth District Commodore of the Auxiliary in the Great Lakes region passed away on Tuesday.

Greanoff had a 63-year career with the Auxiliary, starting in 1943 after he was discharged from the U.S. Army. In 1993, Greanoff was appointed the Ninth Coast Guard District ombudsman coordinator in Cleveland, the first such position created in the Coast Guard. He held that role until 2005, training more than 150 district ombudsmen in the Great Lakes region.

The Coast Guard created the Commodore Charles S. Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award in 2006 to recognize the most distinguished auxiliary flotilla commander in the country each year. The first award will be presented April 17 in Washington, D.C., with Greanoff’s son, Charles II, representing his father.

“Commodore Greanoff exemplified the Coast Guard ethos of service and volunteerism,” said Rear Adm. John E. Crowley, Jr., Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District. “He contributed immensely to the future of the Coast Guard Auxiliary by selflessly training and mentoring others who carry out their missions today. The Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award will ensure his legacy will continue to impact our organization for years to come.”

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is an organization of civilian volunteers who support most Coast Guard mission areas, with direct support to maritime search and rescue and marine environmental protection.

The 91-year-old Greanoff died in Lakewood Hospital. Services will be 1 p.m., Saturday at the Zeis-McGreevey Funeral Home, 16105 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. Memorial contributions can be made to The Baldwin-Wallace College Honor and Memorial Fund, 275 Eastland Road, Berea, OH 44017-9989

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