John Green

John Green

GREEN, JOHN “Johnny”, age 72, left us peacefully after a brief illness on Saturday, June 2, 2018 to join  those he loved so deeply who have passed before him.

Born May 29, 1946 in Philadelphia, PA, he moved south with his parents at a young age, eventually settling in St. Petersburg where he began  his entrepreneurial career selling the Evening Independent after school at age 11. After attending Boca Ciega High School, St. Petersburg Junior College and serving in the US Navy, he returned home to become a regular on the car and boat racing circuits before finding his true passion in the music industry where he first created Back Bay Busing Co.  and later Magic Promotions and Entertainment. From orchestrating 3 day events on the St. Pete waterfront showcasing national headliners to matching a variety of Tampa Bay area businesses with the perfect local talent to enhance their patron’s experience, he did it all. Along the way, his unique skill set aided in the rebirth of the Historic Gulfport Casino, development of new talent at Big 3 Productions and event coordination for Madeira Beach’s ROC Park. He also worked tirelessly on yearly events such as The Grand Prix, Taste of Pinellas, John’s Pass Seafood Festival, Blues Fest, Rib Fest and Tall Ships, to name a few. As a great supporter of local charities, he contributed countless hours organizing musical fundraisers to aid their good work.

A colorful character from his earliest years, his wild Irish soul always required that he mourn life’s losses just as impressively as he celebrate its victories. His fierce loyalty and sincere interest in others built a lifetime of close friendships that included many of Rock & Roll’s biggest names but all held equal standing in his heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Elizabeth Green and wife, Cathy Hansen Green. Survivors include his daughter, Tiani Schifano, Durham, NC, siblings: Michael (Bonnie) Green  and Jimmy (Babs) Green,  Bokeelia, FL, Peggy (Bob) Albury and Sally (Vic) Loshniowsky, St. Petersburg, FL, Bobby (Sheila) Green, South Pasadena, FL, Elizabeth (Michael) Walker, Woodland Park, CO and Rosemary Porter, Hohentengen, Germany and many deeply loved nieces and  nephews, and dearly loved friends.

A private service will take place at Bay Pines Memorial Park.

A Catholic Mass will be held July 13, 9:30 a.m. at St. Jude Cathedral, 5815 5th Avenue N., St. Petersburg, FL and Life Celebration on July 17th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater, 401 1st Street S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701

It is requested that in lieu of flowers, charitable donations be made to The Edwards Family Foundation or Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation, St. Petersburg, FL




  • Pam (Ackerson) Barden Posted June 14, 2018 7:47 pm

    We’re so sorry for your loss. The Greens and the Ackersons are like family…we love you all and are always in our prayers. Rest easy, Johnny.

  • Sherry Dye Posted June 15, 2018 7:32 am

    A true and humble friend who loved life, will be missed Rest In Peace my dear friend. Till we meet again Into the Mystic.

  • Don Bremner Posted June 15, 2018 5:59 pm

    The “Music Man” Johnny was always enjoyable I met Cathy and Johnny at Harry’s he was absolutely a wonderful person we all lived in TIerra Verde
    from all his friends in CANADA we loved johnnie and miss him and Cathy

  • Kelly Posted June 16, 2018 2:05 pm

    Miss you so much already.

  • Jo Brower Posted June 16, 2018 5:06 pm

    Rest In Peace Greenbean.. you be missed by so many. Rock on.. Forever in our hearts, Love , jo ❤️🦋

  • Barbra Breslauer Posted June 22, 2018 9:33 am

    This can’t be true. Rest in peace Johnny. You are a music legion.

  • Janet Ahern Posted June 23, 2018 9:15 am

    I met Johnny back in the mid 60’s. He went to school with my sister Sheri. They became very good friends and he spent a lot of time at our home in Lakewood shooting pool, eating biff burgers and just hanging out. . Johnny was a great guy and even though I didn’t see him much in later years he always went out of his way to come and give me a huge hug and say hello. Last time I saw him was at Dani’s celebration of life. Johnny, you will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  • Charles Ross Posted June 24, 2018 10:38 pm

    Johnny was a great friend to local music and a wonderful supporter of the the Tampa Bay Blues Festival . We love and miss him . He was a truly kind and caring soul . A true friend forever!!

  • Rob Douglas Posted June 24, 2018 10:41 pm

    Godspeed old friend. You’ll be missed by all who knew you.

  • Patti Petow Posted June 24, 2018 11:04 pm

    Johnny, I will miss Sunday afternoons listening to Gale Trippsmith at Harry’s. I know how much you adored her music. I will also miss phone conversations that we had over the years and assisting you in a few concert promotions. You were the best, Johnny and I will miss you.

  • Lori w Posted June 25, 2018 2:41 am

    Johnny will be missed .loved his kindness..spirit..great friend

  • Amber and Marc Posted June 25, 2018 8:56 am

    We love you Johnny Green and you are missed.

  • Dan Gallagher (cousin) Posted June 28, 2018 4:41 pm

    “Long may our memories of you, run”

  • Brandi Winans Posted July 6, 2018 11:52 am

    There was and never will be again another Johnny Green. His impact in our community will live on forever we love you Johnny. Prayers to his family members and other dear friends we will look forward to celebrating your life July 17th. Goodbye old friend until we meet again.

  • Gene Gammon Posted July 8, 2018 12:18 pm

    I will miss you Johnny. You made the most out of life and made people smile.

  • Sally L Armendinger Posted July 10, 2018 11:25 pm

    Johnny- I just heard from you a few months ago-can’t believe you are gone–just a person who loved people and partying -I will miss seeing you!! You were a real gentlemen and sweetheart- part of my past will always be with you on Tierra Verde! XXOOXX

  • Chuck Olson & Son Posted July 15, 2018 1:44 pm

    Johnny, To one of the original Happy Day’s Good Guy’s !. He has graduated this lifetime with Honors, May my friend Rest in Peace with “The Eternal Father” from, the classic Navy Hymn.

  • Mindy Sink Posted July 17, 2018 1:01 pm

    I have the fondest memories of my longtime friend Johnny. Sadly I am not able to attend his celebration but I will be smiling and thinking of him. Knowing how much he would have loved it all. Deepest condolences to his family who I know will miss him.
    Much Love

  • Dr. Chuck Stevens Posted July 17, 2018 11:09 pm

    One of the greatest. You will be missed. RIP

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