I met Gene in Spring '86. We had been in the same singles group though he was done when I joined it. As I was getting deeper into swimming and he into running, our two growing athletic passions became one of our common bonds. I found him friendly, witty and a ready beaming smile that reminded me of John Denver making him easy to like. He introduced me to Joe Walsh and enjoyed the lyrics and guitar work of the song "Life's Been Good to Me So Far" He was supportive and complimentry of my swimming efforts. We got together for some movies, lunches and also attended a Moody Blues concert around his birthday in 1990.
My heart goes out to his family for the loss of a real gem of a person. He had a very good heart as a kind caring man. I greatly hope the pain and grief of loss will change to warm memories in time.
David & Jackie Elk