Brooklyn born and bred skier; motorcycle rider heads off into the sunset. \n\nDonald Green passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday October 30, 2022. The 20-year Gaston County resident was an avid skier and motorcycle rider who was President of both the BMW Charlotte Motorcycle Club and the Ramapo Motorcycle Club in New York’s Rockland County where he previously lived. \n\nBorn July 23, 1938, in Brooklyn to Anna and Saul Green, he was raised by his mother in a tight knit Flatbush community with a slew of cousins. He fell in love with cars in his teenage years, racing classic cars on Ocean Parkway – once claiming a first place NASCAR trophy which marked the height of his racing career. He set his sights next on skiing, a self-taught alpine enthusiast, a passion he passed onto his beloved wife Beverly and his ski racer sons Evan and Geoff. \n\nHe served in the Army in the early 1960s during the height of The Cuban Missile Crisis. After an honorable discharge he hopped on a military transport plane to Europe where he explored Italy, France, and Spain by train, trading American cigarettes for baguettes and cheese. He met his wife of 55-years, Beverly Jane Green (Gordon) of Lynbrook, NY on a waterskiing excursion. Six months later they were honeymooning slope side in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. \n\nAfter living in Brooklyn they moved to Spring Valley in Rockland County, NY where they lived with their sons Evan, Geoff, 2 ducks, a cat, and Grapes their Newfoundland. A charismatic charmer who felt he missed his calling as a stand-up comic, Don was a contestant on both Sale of the Century and Musical Chairs game shows. He won household appliances and gear, including a rider lawnmower which Evan eventually dropped the transmission on (Don fixed it). A gifted craftsman, builder, and mechanic he performed all the maintenance on his numerous motorcycles; often accompanied by foul language emanating from the garage. \n\nHe attended storied Erasmus High School in Brooklyn where he was President of the Photography Club. Later, while working full-time he received his degree in Economics from Pace University where he attended night school. A natural born salesman, he built a successful business as an entrepreneurial sales executive in the textile industry. He never stopped learning, he was a WWII history buff who enjoyed visiting Presidential museums and even once flew in a USAF Series T-69 military plane. \n\nHe served on the Ski Patrol for 50-years at Bromley Mountain, in Peru, Vermont where he and his family were part of the Bromley skiing community. Heading up every weekend in the winter season from their home, now in Montebello, NY to ski; his children grew up ski racing around the state with the Bromley Outing Club. He and his wife eventually built their own home there in 1994, a cherished ski house in Winhall, Vermont. They celebrated holidays with their family and friends there, Duke the family dog in tow. \n\nDon and Bev moved to Gaston County, North Carolina in 1999 for a job opportunity, soon thereafter Don retired, but he never stopped moving. He loved riding his motorcycle along the country roads, and he crisscrossed the country on his bike many times, stopping at historical sites along the way. He was a member of the Iron Butt Association, earning membership by riding a certified route of at least 1,000 miles in 24 hours or less. He and his sons embarked on several bike trips together, through the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, in the rolling hills of Texas and on country roads in California. \n\nOne of his most cherished accomplishments came in 2011, when he successfully petitioned the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to create specialty plates for motorcycles. He was awarded plate #0001 after getting 300 paid applications from motorcycle clubs all over the state. \n\nHe and his wife traveled around the world – to Israel, Russia, England, Scotland, Peru, and cruised down the River Danube through Hungary and Germany – meeting new friends along the way. He maintained life-long friendships from his motorcycle clubs and Bromley’s ski patrol, speaking to his friend Allen Goldschmidt and others weekly. He loved hiking, country music, theater, and corned beef sandwiches, preferably from Katz’s in NYC’s Lower East Side or long-gone Adelman’s Deli in Brooklyn. Later in life he took up his childhood hobby of model railroad building; he was a proud veteran who volunteered at the local VA. \n\nHe loved to get first tracks, being one of the first on the ski mountain in the morning and share après ski beers with his fellow patrol members at the end of the day. He worked to live, and truly embraced life – he lived a life full of adventure and exploration. \n\nHe leaves behind his wife Beverly, his two sons Evan and Geoff, their spouses Jennifer Green and Danna Shapiro and the family dog Bromley. An open house to celebrate his life will be held Sunday November 6 from 2-4pm at his home in Gaston County. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.