Paul Greening

paul greening

September 18, 1961 ~ September 12, 2021

Born in: Amityville, NY
Resided in: Smithtown, NY

Paul R. Greening of Smithtown, New York, passed away on September 12, 2021, just days shy of his 60th birthday. He was the loving husband of Samantha Xiaochun, and the devoted and proud father of Katie Mei. Paul was the youngest child of Robert and Doris (both deceased), dear brother of Carol (John), Barbara (Paige), Jim (predeceased), and Peg, and beloved uncle of Lauren, John, and Michelle.
Paul was a proud veteran, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1980 to 1984. He was an outdoor adventurist and enjoyed many activities with family and friends, including hiking, camping, kayaking, and years of double black diamond skiing until he broke his collar bone and six ribs on a bunny hill. Paul had a passion for woodworking and created in his home shop many beautiful, finely detailed and exquisite wood projects. He enjoyed entertaining family and friends, and his famous smoked ribs, deep fried turkeys, and organic garden vegetables will be truly missed by many.
In addition to his many hobbies, Paul enjoyed immensely his full-time job as a stay-home dad. He introduced Katie to hiking at just two months old (in a backpack), camping at ten months old, skiing at the age of two, and kayaking at the age of five. Even though he had sworn he would never be a “soccer mom”, he ended up being an assistant coach on Katie’s soccer team. His best Father’s Day was a recent trip to Pennsylvania – driving back and forth for NINE HOURS – for a THREE MINUTE figure skating competition routine. As he PROUDLY watched Katie grow and achieve many accomplishments, he never forgot to remind her to pursue what makes her happy in life.
Paul met Samantha in a ski club, and their shared passion for skiing and outdoor exploration took them (and Katie) on many wonderful trips together: Vail (Colorado), Park City (Utah), Aleyeska (Alaska), Whistler Blackcomb (British Columbia), Zion National Park (Utah), Banff National Park (Canada), Paris, and just two weeks ago, Iceland. The beautiful memories created from these trips will be cherished forever.
“Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.” Paul will be missed dearly and will be forever in our hearts.

At the request of Paul’s family masks are optional.


Visitation: September 14, 2021 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

Second Visitation: September 14, 2021 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

Private Cremation:

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  1. candleDear Samantha, Katie Mei, and family,
    You are in our hearts and prayers. Paul was a great friend and will be greatly missed.
    Wishing you peace during this difficult time.
    Love, Rob, Joy & Zoey

  2. To my dear brother Paul. You left this world way too soon. Losing you this way is so hard to comprehend for all of us. You are missed now and always. Love ya, Peg

    • Peg, I just googled Paul with the hope of making contact with him the next time I’m in N.Y.. I’m am truly sorry for your loss. I spent the last 2 days thinking about all the good times we had on Eagle Ln. What great memories!!! I hope those memories help you find some comfort.

  3. To all the family of Paul, we are so sad and surprised to hear of Paul’s passing. Everything mentioned in this obituary will hopefully bring happy memories to all. With our sincere sympathy, Nancy and Bill Koch

  4. What a wonderful life he led! And what fun memories you all must have. Sincerest condolences to all who knew and loved him.
    Carol Petraeus Morton

  5. candleDear Samantha, my deepest condolences to you, Katie and the entire family. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time, he will be greatly missed. May he R.I.P.

  6. Dearest Samantha,
    My heart breaks for you and Katie. I am so sad for your great loss of your dear husband Paul . Praying that in time you will be able to smile with your beautiful memories. 🙏🏻💝😘

  7. candleDear Samantha and Katie my heart goes out to you during this difficult time. Paul was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met and I’m so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of him from camping and hanging out at Mike and Sue’s.

  8. candleEven though we haven’t seen him in years we all have fond memories from childhood, he lived an amazing life, gone much to soon. May he Rest In Peace.

  9. You were more than a friend – you were part of our extended family. We shared so many good times and great memories and you left us too early. Rest in Peace. (I love you man)

  10. So sorry for your loss. Charlie & I remember when Paul & Sam met in skidaddlers..
    Prayers for all the family.
    Ruth & Charlie Quevedo

  11. Hey Paul
    Too soon to let you go from this world. It was your time to go and we weren’t ready to say goodbye.
    You will always be in our hearts Forever!! Love you Man

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