Harold Metcalf (Metty) Green, a lifelong sportsman, successful businessman and driving force in the renewal of the Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club, died on Sept. 26 in Cleveland, Ohio, after a long illness of heart failure complicated by pulmonary hypertension. He was 75.

Harold and his wife Rita had moved to Cleveland from their home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to be closer to advanced medical care.

He was born Sept. 27, 1940, in Auburn, N.Y., the second son of Wharton Green Jr. and Nancy Elizabeth Metcalf Green Wyatt-Brown.

A 1959 graduate of Northwood Preparatory School in Lake Placid, N.Y., he excelled in sports, was captain of the varsity football team, and played tennis, hockey and soccer. He also edited the school yearbook, won many athletic trophies and was the first Northwood student to receive nine varsity athletic letters.

He graduated from the University of Florida in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing, and was a member of the college society Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

His interest in creativity and business came naturally. His father owned Nye & Wait Carpet in Auburn, and invented nylon carpet. One grandfather, Harold Grant Metcalf, was president and chairman of the board of Columbian Rope Co. in Auburn, the world’s largest rope-manufacturing company. Another grandfather, Wharton Green, was the lead architect for the city of New York, designing such famous landmarks as the 1939 World’s Fair, New York City’s IRT subway system, and Idlewild (later J.F.K. International) Airport.

Harold enjoyed a 25-year career in the communications consulting profession in Houston, Tex. With two other partners, he helped build his firm, Winius-Brandon, into the largest independent advertising, marketing, and public relations agency in Houston.

He was a member of Palmer Episcopal Church in Houston, where he was involved as a volunteer in the civic community with the Houston Grand Opera. He served as chairman of the communications committee of the American Cancer Society and as communications director of Feed the Hungry in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

He remained an avid outdoor sportsman and athlete all his life. His hobbies included fly fishing, upland bird hunting, skeet, tennis, golf, photography, hockey, skiing and cross-country motorcycle riding. He enjoyed early American history and a variety of types of music, and played the harmonica and guitar.

Following his retirement in 1989, Harold and Rita moved to Martha’s Vineyard, where he immediately involved himself in the community. He became a member of the East Chop Tennis Club, which was founded by his grandfather, Harold Grant Metcalf, and the Edgartown Yacht Club.

At the time he joined the Rod and Gun Club, membership and the club were stagnant. Harold set about changing all that with his customary energy. Later named president, he reinvigorated the club by developing new programs and attracting new members from all walks of Island life to the club skeet range.

A certified pistol and skeet instructor, he shot perfect rounds of skeet with both 12 and 20-gauge shotguns, and won numerous club competitions. He believed strongly in the next generation’s ability to enjoy the outdoors, and was a member of and supported many fishing and hunting organizations.

In 2002 Harold and Rita moved to San Miguel de Allende to take advantage of the warmer weather for his health and the fine hunting opportunities; there he was a member of the Malanquin Country Club.

Harold traveled the world, with trips to Cuba, Denmark, Thailand, Finland and everywhere in between. His second African safari was to Tanzania and the Serengeti, to experience and photograph the Masai and the great animal migrations.

He was a passionate professional photographer and studied photography under several award-winning photographers.

He is survived by his wife, Rita S. Green; son Harold Metcalf Green Jr. of Missouri City, Tex., and daughter Courtney Green Free of Magnolia, Tex.; brothers Wharton Green 3rd of Hobe Sound, Fla., and Barton Nye Green of East Andover, N.H.; sisters Nancy Elizabeth Green of Bend, Ore., Clarissa Packard Green of Vancouver, British Columbia, Carol Nye Green of Decatur, Ga., and Susan Stewart Green of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; his stepdaughter Carlin Brochstein of Delray Beach, Fla., and his daughter in law Cydnee Green. Another sister, Maud Nye Green, died in 1955.

He is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held at the Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, N.Y., at a time to be determined.

Contributions in his memory can be made to the Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44195, or to the Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club, P.O. Box 1799, Edgartown, MA 02539.