Summit County musician Arnie J. Green dies after battle with cancer
A fundraiser Sunday, Jan. 18, at The Goat in Keystone became a memorial for longtime local musician Arnie J. Green, 57, who passed away peacefully that afternoon in hospice care with his mother, daughter, other family and close friends at his bedside.
“My hand was on his heart as it took its last beats, and we all ushered him lovingly on to a better place,” wrote Courtney Smith, a close friend of Green’s, on the Arnie J. Green Fund Facebook page.
Recently, Green’s myelofybrosis, a rare form of leukemia, had come out of remission, and he was in a full-time care facility in Denver. The fundraiser, a silent auction and concert featuring a slew of local musicians and friends of Green, had been organized to raise money to help offset his medical expenses and those of Smith, who is being treated for a debilitating chronic pain illness.
Many offered their condolences to Green’s friends and family through Facebook and email. Fellow Summit County musician and friend Len Rhodes posted that Green was a “dear friend, great musician and inspiration to many here in Summit County these past 20 years.”
“Arnie was a brother and inspiration! He transcended this life full of love and supported by the magic of this incredible community,” wrote musician and friend Leon Joseph Littlebird following the fundraiser on Sunday. “Last night was another testament to how we in Summit County take care of our own. His legacy will live on in our hearts and our music.”
A celebration of life is being planned for Green on Saturday, Feb. 7, with further details to follow. Green’s friends are encouraged to share their memories on the Arnie J. Green Fund Facebook page.
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