Dr. Robert Michael Green

  • Died: October 7, 2021
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

William Slater II Funeral Service

1650 Greentree Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Tel. (412) 563-2800

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dr. Robert Green, who practiced medicine in Pittsburgh for more than three decades, died peacefully on October 7, surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren, and friends. He was 71.

Dr. Green was born in Buffalo, New York in 1949. He remained close with his childhood friends from School 22 and Bennett High School throughout his life. They knew him as Sunny. "Everybody doesn't like something," they would say, "but nobody doesn't like Sunny Green."

He graduated from the University of Rochester and the State University of New York at Syracuse. After completing his residency at Saint Margaret Memorial Hospital, Dr. Green began his practice at Saint Clair Hospital, where he eventually served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Department of Family Practice and as Chairman of the Quality Improvement Team. Dr. Green also spent many years in private practice. He co-founded Preferred Primary Care Physicians in 1995. Throughout his tenure, Dr. Green practiced at the highest standards of service, earning the appreciation and affection of his colleagues and, especially, his patients.

Dr. Green loved baseball. In addition to being a decades-long Pirates season ticket holder and regular presence at Three Rivers Stadium and PNC Park, Dr. Green served for several years as a team doctor for the Pirates. He was also an enthusiastic collector of baseball memorabilia. Unlike other private collectors, Dr. Green insisted that guests try on antique jerseys and play catch with the gloves of baseball legends when they visited. A natural storyteller, he shared his love of the game not only with his friends and family but also with students of his adult education baseball history class.

He was also a great lover of music. What began as deep appreciation for the music of the Beatles and other rock music of his youth, transformed later in life into a new identity as a rock musician. Dr. Green learned to drum and played in several local rock bands, including The Basements. He also dazzled guests at his children's weddings by taking off his jacket to sit in with the band.

Dr. Green was loved deeply by his family. He and his wife Joan, with whom he was set up on a blind date, shared 43 memorable years of marriage together. They enjoyed attending Pirates and Pitt basketball games, traveling to New Zealand, Russia, and the American Southwest, and participating in the life of their synagogue, Beth El Congregation. He was a loving father to his children, Rachel and Daniel, and their spouses, David and Carolyn. He was a source of deep humor and adoration to his grandsons, Nathaniel, Oscar, Asher, and Ari.

He was a little man with a big and generous heart.

A funeral service will be held outdoors on Sunday October 10 at 10am at Mount Lebanon Cemetery, 509 Washington Road.

The family requests that those who wish to express sympathy consider making a donation online to the Dr. Robert Green Fund at St. Jude's Children's Hospital or to the ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 416 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15209.

Service will also be available on Zoom - https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81569156861?pwd=ZVZtSnpQMnMyeDNVb2NmVWx1Unp6QT09

Arrangements entrusted to WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Rd., Scott Twp. 15220. www.slaterfuneral.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Joan, Rachel, and David and family - I was so sorry to hear about Bob's (Cousin Bobby always to me!) passing. We got together many times as kids. I remember my first plane ride was to Bobby's bar mitzvah (he was just ahead my brother Mike). This was in the days of prop planes! It was very exciting and my first real grown-up (I thought) event, where I recall the party, learning about doing "The Twist" and hearing "Red Sails in the Sunset" and even eating pizza for the very first time (can you imagine--ha!).

We always had a great time visiting the cousins in Buffalo and even from an early age we could see that Bobby had tons of friends and was well loved by everyone. I know that sunny personality of his carried on through his life. He was a great comfort to me when my mom, Dorie, passed away and I called him to let him know.

His smile reminds me so very much of Aunt Mickey - a real spitfire and go-getter! My mom always looked up to her older sister for advice and direction.

Sending love to you all.

BTW - can you post a direct link to donating for Bob's St. Jude's fund? I was not able to find a direct way to donate when I went to St. Jude's site.

Love - Cousin Annie (Anniebeth, as I'm sure Bobby thought of me)

Posted by Annie Ernst - Novato, CA - Family   October 11, 2021

Joan and Family,
I was very sorry to here about Dr. Green. He was an excellent physician. His Healthcare changed my life. I would see him on TV at Pirate games. This year they acknowledged him and showed him sitting in upper box area. I smiled. Contributing to St.Jude to his fund

Clete Smith

Posted by Clete Smith - Pittsburgh, PA - Friend   October 11, 2021

A wonderful person and a wonderful friend with memories dating back 50 years to Rochester with shared experiences that include many meals at off campus diners, visiting Buffalo, hitchhiking to Cleveland, going to Pirates camp in Bradenton and reunions among college friends in Delaware and upstate N.Y. (see pic). Condolences to the family on a great loss.

Posted by Robert Sattin - Friend   October 10, 2021

Dr. Green has been in my life since I was 8-yrs-old. He was the best pediatrician and later PCP; and then one of my best friends. I love him & miss him not being in this world. Rob was always a beautiful soul & a beautiful person. My sincere condolences to his beautiful wife, Joan & his wonderful children. God bless the Green family.

Posted by Brian Washington - Dormont, PA - Friend   October 09, 2021

Bob was a classmate of mine from Bennett High School in Buffalo, NY. One of the nicest human beings I have ever known. Always smiling; always positive and always friendly. We shared a lot of the same teachers back then, and both had an interest in biology/medicine. I reconnected with him in the 90s when I was lecturing in Pittsburgh and recall having dinner with him at a fine Italian restaurant on a hill overlooking downtown Pittsburgh and the rivers. Also got to see him at Bennett High School reunions in Buffalo. So cool that he was the team physician for a sports team. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and I am sure patients. Please accept my deepest condolences. Bob Kloner.

Posted by Robert Kloner - Pasadena, CA - Friend   October 08, 2021

My condolences to the Green family. Rob was such a wonderful person. I enjoyed our time together playing in the Basements and the time we spent teaching Brian to appreciate the Beatles. He was a warm and caring person and I always admired his drive and enthusiasm for everything he cared about whether it was music, baseball, medicine or his friends. When you entered Rob Green's world you were all in. I consider an honor to have known him and share the stage with him. Rest In Peace my good friend, we'll all miss you.

Posted by Ray Margiotta - Canonsburg, PA - Friend   October 08, 2021

I have known Rob'Sonny, 'Pumpsie' since we went to grade school. He was one of my schoolmates that I felt very close with. We reconnected during our 50th Bennett H.S. reunion. He generously invited me to many Pirates games. His treat. Last time I saw Bob was after a game and he invited me to see his memorabilia collection. He was 1 of a kind. I will miss him.

Posted by Michael Pulka - Williamsville, NY - Friend   October 08, 2021

I was Bob's fraternity roommate sophomore year. A great guy and fun to be with a true Pirates fan and none too many of them! I live near Bradenton FL and even met him there for Pirates spring training. The world is a little less kind now.

Posted by Greg Diehl - Sun City Center, FL - Friend   October 08, 2021

We are saddened by the passing of Dr. Robert Green. Please accept our heartfelt condolences on your loss. Dr. Green and your family will be in our prayers.

Donna & Zen Piotrowski

Posted by Donna & Zen Piotrowski - Upper St. Clair, PA - Friend   October 08, 2021