Gardening columnist loses fight with cancer
By ZOE SATHERLEY
GEORGE GREEN would have turned 76 next week, but last Saturday the Northern Star's gardening columnist lost his long battle with prostate cancer.
A man who wore many hats, Mr Green's long career spanned horticulture, journalism, advertising, public relations, soccer coaching, and many years running the family's Sydney hand-made chocolate factory.
He lived to see his beloved favourite flowers ? roses and camelias ? in a full flush of colour, before passing away at St Vincent's Hospital palliative care unit.
Funeral arrangements are yet to be announced.
He is survived by his wife, Helen, three children and five grandchildren.
The Green family moved from Sydney to Wollongbar four years ago.
His daughter, Leanne, said her father was passionate about gardening, his family and soccer.
"He turned this absolutely bare block into a beautiful garden. There was nothing here when we came," she said.
"It is amazing to see how he has transformed it within such a short time.
"He planted the rose garden for Mum, and it was very special to them both."
Mr Green was also respected for his work as a committee member with Soccer Far North Coast.