Lester L. Greevy

In The Court Of Common Pleas Of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania No: 85-00345

In The Matter Of The Death Of Lester L. Greevy Esquire



The Committee appointed by your Honorable Court to prepare Resolutions concerning the death of Lester L. Greevy, Esquire, reports as follows:

Lester LeRoy Greevy was born January 6, 1920 at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Charles Fritcher Greevy and Clara Tepel Greevy. His father had served as District Attorney of Lycoming County from 1916 to 1919.

Lester L. Greevy attended Williamsport public schools. While at Williamsport High School he was a letter man on the varsity football team. He was graduated from Williamsport High School in 1937. He attended Dickinson College where he was a member of the freshman football team and a member of the Pi Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity. He was graduated from Dickinson College with a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1941.

Lester L. Greevy was married on November 1, 1941 to Clara Virginia Kinkade. They have three sons, Lester L. Greevy, Jr., who was a law partner of his father at the time of his death, Richard K. Greevy an engineer, and Michael S. Greevy a psychologist. He has five grandchildren.

He attended the Dickinson School of Law where he was a member of the Corpus Juris Society and of the Law Review. He had excellent academic grades in law school. He was graduated from Dickinson School of Law on October 6, 1943 with a Bachelor of Laws degree which later became a Juris Doctor degree.

Following his graduation from law school he entered the service as an apprentice seaman in the United States Navy in the Aleutian Islands during World War IT. He was commissioned an Ensign in 1945, and was first in his class at Officer Training School.

He was then assigned as a Navigation Officer on an LST in the Pacific Theatre.

He was admitted to practice before the several courts of Lycoming County on September 13, 1946. He entered law practice with his brother Charles F. Greevy, from that time until his brother became a judge of Lycoming County in 1952.

Many lawyers learned their skills from Lester L. Greevy. His partners over the years were Daniel F. Knittle, Dean R. Fisher, Walter R. Rice, Jr., J. Neafie Mitchell, and at the time of his death, his son, Lester L. Greevy, Jr., and his nephew, Charles F. Greevy III. He also had in his office as associates Henry P. Perciballi, Richard J. Callahan, C. Edward S. Mitchell, and JoAnne Mitchell.

He was solicitor for Loyalsock Township for thirty-three years and for the Loyalsock Township School District for seventeen years. He served as Hearing Examiner for the Pennsylvania State Tax Board from 1957 to 1961, was Lycoming County Solicitor from 1968 to 1972 and from 1976 to 1980. He had been admitted to legal practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the Commonwealth, Superior, and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania. His law practice covered a wide spectrum from criminal law (in his early years) to civil law, real estate law, estate planning and estate administration. Despite his weakened condition due to his last illness he tried a case in Lycoming County Court within three weeks of his death. He had also served as one of the three court appointed divorce masters until a short time before his death. He was a member of the Lycoming Law Association, having served as President in 1964. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, having served as a member of its Public Relations Committee from 1964 to 1974, and was a member of the American Bar Association.

He was a lifelong member of New Covenant United Church of Christ, He was also a member of John F. Laedlein Lodge 707, F&AM, the Williamsport Consistory, Irem Temple Shrine, and the Williamsport Shrine Club. He was past president of the Williamsport Exchange Club and a life member of the Wheel Club. He was a member of the Williamsport Country Club, and an active golfer there. He was a member of the Howard W. Kahler Post 844, Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a life member of Williamsport Elks Lodge 173. He was a member of the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Grays Run Club, had been president of that club for two terms and was vice president at the time of his death. He liked to hunt and fish. He had served on the Harry Plankenhorn Foundation for thirty-nine years and was serving his seventeenth consecutive term as president at the time of his death.

Lester L. Greevy died at 3:42 P.M. on February 17, 1985 in Divine Providence Hospital where he had been admitted as a medical patient two weeks earlier. He is survived by his wife, Clara, sons, Lester Jr., Richard and Michael and five grandchildren and by his sister, Mrs. Evelyn C. Hand and his brother Senior Judge Charles F. Greevy.

Lester L. Greevy had a keen analytical mind. He was a respected member of the Bar of Lycoming County. He enjoyed life.

He was courageous in his last illness often months and an inspiration to all who knew him. As the result of his death, his family has lost a loved and loving member. His clients have lost a skillful advocate. The Courts have lost a learned officer; and society an effective servant and contributing member.

Your Committee recommends the adoption of the following Resolutions:

BE IT RESOLVED that in the passing of Lester L. Greevy, there has been a loss to the Bar of Lycoming County of an able and conscientious member who upheld the highest traditions of the legal profession, to the community, of a useful and valued citizen, to his family of a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, and to his friends and acquaintances, of a fine gentleman.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that a copy of these Resolutions be spread upon the records of this Court and that copies of the same be sent to his widow his sons, his sister and his brother.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that this Court and its Bar do hereby extend to his widow, his children, his grandchildren his brother and his sister a deep and heartfelt expression of sympathy by this Resolution.


AND NOW, this 21st day of February, 1985, in consideration of the Resolution presented by the Committee appointed to draft Resolutions in the death of Lester L. Greevy Sr., Esquire, the said Resolution is adopted and it is hereby ORDERED and DECREED that the Resolution herewith submitted and attached be adopted as an official expression of the Lycoming County Bar Association and this Court, and that the same be spread upon the records of the Court; and that copies of this Resolution be delivered to the wife and sons of Lester L. Greevy Sr.; and it is further ORDERED and DECREED that said Resolution be entered at large upon the record of the Court, and that it be printed in the Lycoming Reporter.

Thomas C. Raup, P.J.
Clinton W. Smith, J.
Robert J. Wollet, J.
Charles F. Greevy, S.J