ray greco, m..d.
Dr. Ray Silvio Greco of Weirton WV passed away peacefully on October 16, 2017 surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Dr. Greco was renowned for his devotion and passion for his beloved wife, his family, his love of medicine, and the Weirton community. Dr. Greco was born Silvio Guilio Greco on December 26, 1924, in Fairmont, West Virginia, to Francesco and Angela Maria Greco. He was raised in a four-room apartment above a grocery store in the Italian enclave of East Fairmont and adopted the name “Ray” early in his life. As a young man he was known for his pool shooting skills and his smooth dancing. A 1941 graduate of East Fairmont High School, Dr. Greco accelerated through the war-time education programs of West Virginia University and the two-year West Virginia School of Medicine before graduating from the Medical College of Virginia in 1947 at the age of 22. He was introduced to the love of his life, Madeline Elaine Romino at a Saturday night dance in Fairmont. On May 29, 1943, at the age of 18, Dr. and Mrs. Greco were wed and began seventy years of marriage that continued until her passing in 2014. They had six children, fifteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Dr. Greco was widely known and respected for his passion for the art and practice of medicine. After a medical internship at Ohio Valley Hospital in Wheeling, he worked for the Weirton Steel Occupational Medicine Department before opening his family practice on Main Street in Weirton in 1949. A physician for nearly seventy years, Dr. Greco was convinced that medicine was an art not simply a science. He was known for his careful listening and connecting with his patients and believed that making a house call was a fundamental part of every family doctor’s practice. He often counseled young physicians that a doctor could learn more in the first five minutes of a house call than an entire thirty-minute office visit. In 1957, Dr. Greco accepted a Fellowship in Psychiatric and Family Medicine at Western Psychiatric Institute at the University of Pittsburgh and in 1961, Dr. Greco was awarded a Fellowship at the International Balint Society of England and Belgium. He was so inspired by his work with Dr. Balint that he authored the book, “One Man’s Practice”, published in 1965, that argued that a family doctor’s primary responsibility was to determine the patient’s “Actual Reason for Coming”, “ARC”, before deciding the course of treatment. Throughout his career, Dr. Greco devoted himself to identifying the health needs of his patients and the Weirton community. He particularly enjoyed delivering babies and delivered three generations of families. He was instrumental in motivating his medical colleagues to provide Weirton with the highest level of medical care. He founded the Brancazio Free Clinic for the Working Uninsured in honor of his close friend and colleague Dr. Dominic Brancazio. Dr. Greco also co-founded the Hancock-Brooke Mental Health Clinic and convinced the Weirton Rotary Club of Weirton to sponsor the radio show “Let’s Talk Health” on WEIR Radio and then moderated the program for over 15 years. Along with his beloved wife Madeline, Dr. Greco kept an active social calendar of weddings, showers, graduations and community events that reflected their devotion to friends, family, patients and the town of Weirton. Their kitchen on Riverview Drive was a hub of never ending activity where one meal blended seamlessly into another. It was not uncommon for patients to stop by for a quick consult or to drop off some extra vegetables or a bottle of wine. Dr. and Mrs. Greco opened their home to numerous Rotary Exchange students many who are still close family friends. “And no matter what time of day or night, my Dad always answered the phone, even in the middle of dinner”, remarked his daughter Deborah Catton, “he was that devoted to his patients”. For all his professional accomplishments, Dr. Greco’s most lasting legacy will be his love for his wife, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed playing tennis and chess, walking to the river, discussing politics, reading and working in his yard, all of which he insisted on sharing with his family. He constantly challenged his family to critically think and ask questions, whether it was about a medical issue or a current event. “He wanted us to think about what we were doing and where we were going but at the same time he was also very supportive. He and Mom were always there for us, no matter what adventure we were taking” explained his daughter Donne Paine. Dr. Greco and his wife Madeline rarely missed attending a recital, game, graduation, birthday party or just a simple family dinner, no matter how far they needed to travel. “I remember calling home one day and my Mom explained that they were on their way to a patient’s grand daughter’s kindergarden graduation from St. Paul’s. I just remember thinking what a rich and incredible life my parents are living” recalled their son, Sam Hens-Greco. When their home on Riverview Drive was lost to a fire in 2010, Dr. and Mrs. Greco shifted the location of family events to Grandview Terrace where they continued to pack family and friends into their modest apartment. In a 2015 speech to the Hancock Medical Society, Dr. Greco reminded those in attendance, “ I don’t feel like I have ever worked a day in my life and I do not plan on retiring while there are people who still need medical care.” On March 17, 2016, Dr. Greco made his final rounds at the Weirton Medical Center. The next day Dr. Greco suffered a stroke. He had seven patients scheduled in his office that morning. Even after his stroke and despite largely losing the ability to speak, Dr. Greco still managed to inquire about the health of his patients when they came to visit. Dr. Greco held many leadership roles in the professional and community organizations including serving as the President of the Medical-Dental staff of Weirton General Hospital from 1979-1987, President of the Medical Staff of the Fort Steuben Academy of Medicine and the Hancock County Medical Society. He was a member of Weirton Rotary for 61 years and served as President from 1967-68. He received Rotary’s Edward R. Hartman Award for Meritorious Service in 1975 and in 1995, and was honored with Rotary’s Man of the Year twice. He was a charter member of the Elks, a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Paul Catholic Church. In 2013, Dr. Greco was inducted into the Weirton Hall of Fame and in 2016 the Weirton Medical Center Staff honored Dr. Greco by renaming the doctors lounge in his honor. In 1967, he participated in polio immunization program in Costa Rica through Brothers-Brothers Foundation with his daughters Donne and Diane. In 2009, Dr. Greco persuaded the Weirton Heritage Museum to sponsor the “Robert Haworth Memorial Art Show” to highlight the numerous Weirton area artists that were inspired by the Weir High School art teacher, Robert Haworth. As a supporter of Madonna High School, he was their Team Physician for many years. Throughout his life he and his wife Madeline to traveled widely across the United State and abroad. In 1937, as a young boy he visited his parent’s Italian hometown, Bagnoli del Trigno and would return on numerous occasions. He was an avid fan of West Virginia University football. In 1960, he was at Forbes Field for Bill Mazaroski’s Game 7 winning home run, albeit, he had made the mistake of ill-timing his trip to the men’s room for the first batter in the ninth inning. Dr. Greco was preceded in death by his loving wife, Madeline Elaine Romino, and his two brothers, Tony Greco and Carl Greco. He is survived by his children, Donne Greco Paine, Diane Greco Fornari and her husband Dr. Gabe Fornari, Deborah Greco Catton, Dr. Ray "Korky" S. Greco II and wife Kathy Greco, Sam Hens-Greco and wife Judge Kathryn Hens-Greco, Dr. Rick Greco and wife Dr. Carol Antonelli Greco. Grandchildren include: Dr. Gabriel Fornari , Jr., Dr. Luke Fornari (Alison), Melissa Paine Ketty (Sanjay), Seth Paine, Pia Catton, Grant Catton, Ray Silvio Greco, III, (Kristi) ,Meradith Greco Capps (Brad), Kaitlin Hens- Greco, Eliza Hens- Greco, Pasquale Greco, Dr. Christian Greco, Maria Grace Greco, Sophia Greco Venderlic (Logan), and Gabriella Greco Gahreeb (Paul). Great Grandchildren: Pierce and Ethan Fornari, Stella, Silvio, Diego and Enzo Fornari, Apolonia and Konstantine Ketty, Charlotte Paine, Crews and Madeline Capps, and Ray Silvio Greco IV ( Tucker). He was a devoted member of St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. Visitation will be at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV on Thursday, October 19, from 6-8pm, Friday, Oct. 20, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. On Friday Oct 20 at 7 pm there will be a time for sharing of memories. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated Saturday, Oct. 21, 10am, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church on Main Street, Weirton. Condolences to the family can be sent to the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV 26062. Our family would like to thank the staff of Serra Village for their many years of exceptional and loving care of our mother and father, Ray and Madeline Greco. Memorial contributions may be made to the Employee Scholarship Fund of Serra Foundation at the Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave, Weirton, WV, 26062, or St. Paul Catholic Church. Share tributes and memories at www.grecohertnick.com

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  1. Dr Greco was my doctor for 68 years. He cared for my parents, our children and sometimes even our grand children. He was more than a doctor, he was a family friend.
    The last time I saw him in the office, he talked to me about his beloved Madeline and how much he missed her. I know without a doubt that they are together again and they are happy.
    We extend our sympathy to the family and may God bring peace and comfort to all his family who are grieving. What a tremendous legacy he has left behind.
    RIP Dr Greco and Madeline. We love you.
    Barbara and Mark Trushel.

  2. I will always cherish every memory, every visit, every story and all the words of wisdom Dr. Greco bestowed upon me. Dr. and Mrs. Greco were my Godparents in every sense of the word. I loved them so much as I love the entire family. They both meant so much to me growing up and I am a better person today just by knowing Dr. Greco. He was my father’s dear friend. Dr. Greco even told me the story of how he was the one who suggested to my dad about a certain nurse that Dr. Greco knew.
    I will miss him .. as I miss Mrs. Greco ..and they are dancing together again.

    With love and honor,
    Sarah Brancazio

  3. My mother was a Nurses’Aide in the old Weirton Hospital on Weircrest and would often mention DrGrevo, especially his love and use of the name,”Sam!” Staff teased him that he had to name his next baby “Sam” and so he did! RIP.

  4. Truly one of a kind, we were so lucky to have him in Weirton, thank you Dr. Greco,, may God’s face shine on you.

  5. My thoughts and prayers to all of the Greco family members. I am forever grateful to Dr. Ray and Madeline for welcoming me into their home as I worked on our family tree. So many people in the Ohio Valley have been touched by his professionalism and caring heart throughout his career. Heaven just inherited a very special doctor to look out for all the angels.

  6. Deepest sympathies for the family.
    I wouldn’t even know where to start telling how much this man has helped my family.
    I admired him so much!! He delivered me (also both my sisters and brother) He and Mrs Greco even came to my wedding.
    RIP Dr Greco.. The world was definitely a better place because of you! :'( ♥

  7. We are truly saddened that such a wonderful man has passed away. We became next door neighbors 15 yrs ago and he and Madeleine were the first to greet us with a pie and a smile! My side of the family has known Dr. Greco for many decades just like so many others. He will be greatly missed by all he has touched through his compassion and genuine concern to help everyone he met. Our prayers and sympathy go out to his family and we know he and Madeleine are together again in Heaven.

  8. My heart and deepest symphaty for all his families. He was my obygn when my son was born in 19i83. He will sadly be missed by alot . He was a fantastic doctor. Mechele Barnhart.

  9. Weirton has lost a great man! May his legacy inspire many others to provide selfless care for others. To his family, please know that I extend my heartfelt sympathy and prayerful support as you grieve your loss. Certainly, he is now counted among the saints in Heaven. With love and prayers, Stan Tuchalski – Kissimmee, Florida

  10. Greco Family – Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your father. Dr. Greco was a kind and wise man and a trusted physician. Dr. Greco was also a dear friend to my family who shared our joys and guided us through our tears. We were blessed to have known him. John and Debby Molino and Family

  11. Our sincere sympathy to the entire Greco Family! We are saddened to learn of Dr, Greco’s passing. We were all blessed to have known him all these years. In fact, he delivered John over 60 years ago! He helped so much during Katherine Mattioli’s battle with cancer and always made the time to ease the families fears. Weirton has lost a wonderful man and physician!!

    John and Jo Ann Mattioli

  12. Dear Donne and family. Words can not express the sorrow we feel at the passing of you father. He was a great and honorable man. Everyone who had the honor of meeting him will feel a loss. I know he will leave a void in your lives. Please accept our condolences.
    Rick, Cindy, Jody & Ryan Parker

  13. Dr.Rick we are so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Larry and Debbie Cumberledge

  14. Loving thoughts and prayers to all members of the Greco family. I taught in Weirton for 12 years and Dr. Greco was always available – no matter the day or time. Sr. Gail DeMaria

  15. Like many others, Dr. Greco delivered me and my two siblings. He was a fixture in Weirton. Rest in Peace . From the Horvath’s – Norma, David, Danny & Diane.

  16. Dear Greco family,
    Dr. Greco leaves a beautiful legacy. My most sincere sympathy.
    With love,
    Jennifer Coffield Tobin

  17. Most recently Mother Chris Dorich moved into the enchanted garden. One of the first persons to be apart of the welcoming committee was your father Dr. Greco. The spontaneous outstretched hands of them both with the warm smile of days remembered long ago shining on their faces was finished with a strong as was possible shake and your father kissing my moms hand lent testimony to the dedication of public respect and service they once held. Without a word being said and slight giggle heard, your fathers’ gestures seemed to profess “nice to see you Chris it’s been a long time, you will be cared well for here.” You could hear a pin drop…. Dr. Greco always, as far back as I can remember has always had the ability to take the edge off the fears one may have of the unknown. Strength, respect and admiration to the entire family. The years of dedication from family far and near ensuring Dr Greco did not have a day go by without a family’s hand to hold, voice to hear, face to see is Something you will never regret. Gods blessings and May you be granted peace.

  18. Dr. Greco was one of the finest men I’ve ever known. He was a pillar of the Weirton community and, he kept a very busy schedule, he was never in such a hurry that he couldn’t spare a few minutes to chat and ask how I was doing..
    He and Madeline kept a warm and loving household, and I count myself as fortunate to have had the opportunity to have been a visitor to their home many times.
    Although his passing is a great sorrow for the entire community, I know that their wonderful children will continue to uphold and cherish their parents’ memories and ideals.
    Kathleen Cullinan

  19. To the entire Greco family. I am so sad to hear of Ray’passing. His advise was always spot on. He took such good care of my family. Best listener. I have fond memories of our Christmas brunches, celebrating our birthdays together, Easter egg hunts in his back yard, tailgating before the actual Super Bowl party.
    I always saw such love between he and Madeline. Don’t see that often. It was so special. My prayers go out to all of you, which he was so proud of. Again my condolencences to your large family
    Cindy DeCaria

  20. To the Greco Family,
    Our deepest, heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Your father & grandfather was a remarkable man who is leaving a wonderful, indelible mark of love & service on all of you and on the community of Weirton that will continue to be everlasting. May you find peace and comfort in your memories. He will be missed.
    Kathi & Butch Fleming

  21. To the Greco Family, sorry I could not attend the services for Ray as I have been out of town since Thursday. I have very fond memories of your father, I remember him visiting my father’s when I was a child. ,trips to Stoney Lake, picnics in his back yard and up my father’s farm in Chester. When I used to rent office space from him and we would chat after work. He was a very special person and a dedicated doctor and family man. My condolences to your family , God Bless

  22. Dear Family of Dr. Greco, I’ve been thinking of you all as you lay you beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather to rest and what a wonderful life it has been ~~~ I loved looking at your video tribute to your Dad, so many of the best memories that will comfort you till we will all meet again ~~~ Be comforted knowing that he and his beloved Madeline are rejoicing today ~~ May God Bless you all & Dr. Greco, R.I.P. with the Lord ~~~ with love, Janice Nichols Petrovich

  23. To the Greco Family,

    Your Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather was a great doctor. He took care of my mother, Innocenza Bruno when she came over from Italy not speeking a word of English. He also took care of my whole family. We were sorry to hear about his passing and will be greatly missed. Our prayers ate with you and your family. God Bless You All.
    (Teresa Bruno McCombs and Frank Bruno )

  24. Our Condolences to our friend Debbie and her family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers
    Mike and Lynn Payne

  25. To Sam, Rick and your entire extended family,

    Nikki and I grieve the loss of your Dad and have fond memories of him. His passing is indeed a loss for the entire Weirton community. His memory will live on for years in the thousands of lives whom he touched and through his legacy, you, his children and grand-children. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his Holy Spirit provide peace and comfort in this your time of loss.

    Warm regards,
    Randy and Nikki Fenske
    Cary, North Carolina

  26. “Uncle Ray”, as I came to know him first through Johnny & Doris’ children, was a patriarch in the truest sense of the word. May the love he and your mother shared with all of you be multiplied many times over as you seek to keep their memories alive. Jenny Zatezalo Morris, in Charleston, WV

  27. To the entire Greco family;
    I am so sorry I missed the services for Dr. Greco, I just learned of his passing today. There are so many wonderful things I can say about him, but the most important thing I want to say is thank you! He helped my parents adopt me when i was first born, which was a wish come true for them. I couldn’t have asked for a better family and am forever grateful! Throughout my life, he was always there as a physician and friend to us all. My mother and I would often run into Dr. and Mrs. Greco at mass on Sundays. We always gave them a big hug and you could see the amazing love they had for each other. He was truly a blessing in so many peoples lives. Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  28. I just heard the news about your father’s passing. My condolences to all of you! When you lived on Hanlin Way, your Dad saved my father’s ,(Clyde DeVore), life when he had his first heart attack. He came next door when my Mom called, took care of him and went to the hospital with him. My mom was always sure Dad would have died that day if it were not for your Dad’s care! Then later he saved my husband, David Chambers, when he had appendicitis shortly after we were married. We were not established with any Dr., yet he saw us immediately. Because Dave was only 19 at that time, we had to wait till my husband’s father could get to the hospital to sign a consent for surgery. Your Dad had Dave prepped and ready to go for surgery. So he saved both the men in my life! It was a pleasure knowing your folks and your family. They had an impact on many people’s lives! My prayers for all of you! He had a wonderful life and he will be missed by many! Donna R. (DeVore) Chambers

  29. To The Family Of Dr. Greco,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. Dr. Greco was a wonderful man and physician and I will always have fond memories of him.

  30. I just heard of Dr. Greco’s passing. Condoences to all the family. I saw him practice the art of medicine in his talks to my father as my mother was dying, and I will never forget his compassion and wisdom. He was one of a kind, and my family is so blessed that he took such good care of my mom.
    Colleen Griffin White

  31. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. Greco. Sorry we were not able to come to the services. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Kathy & Romie

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