Brought to you by
EUGENE A. WOLKOFF

This Guest Book will remain
online until 12/7/2018

EUGENE A. WOLKOFF

This Guest Book will remain online until 12/7/2018 courtesy of The Santa Fe New Mexican. Learn More
Add a message to the Guest Book
If you need help finding the right words, view our suggested entries for ideas.

Back to Personal Message


Add a photo to your message (optional)
Preview Entry
September 23, 2018
Cancel

Please don't submit copyrighted work; original poems, songs or prayers welcomed.

Legacy.com reviews all Guest Book entries to ensure appropriate content. Our staff does not correct grammar or spelling. Privacy Policy | Terms of Use
Select up to 10 photos to add to the photo gallery.

Select a candle
*Please select a candle
Preview Entry
September 23, 2018
Cancel

Please don't submit copyrighted work; original poems, songs or prayers welcomed.

Legacy.com reviews all Guest Book entries to ensure appropriate content. Our staff does not correct grammar or spelling. Privacy Policy | Terms of Use
Keep updated on this Guest Book

Sign up below to receive email updates.

April 18, 2018
What a beautiful legacy your Dad, my Brother has left to us all. Your words and feelings Alexa would make him so proud of you and rightly so.
Much love to you, Phylis
April 18, 2018
I feel that I am finally ready to share a little bit about my father. After getting through the crisis of the past few months, only now am I finally able to grieve the loss of his physical presence. I reiterate all of the beautiful things my mom wrote, her words touched me deeply and really captured the essence of my dad.

There are a few things I want to add about what he has given me, as a father...

For those of you who knew my dad, I don't need to explain his deeply grounded ethics and sense of responsibility. He was an incredibly honest man and taught me to live my life in a way that resonated with higher purpose and integrity. He always encouraged me to see things from a larger perspective and never to take the "easy way out. I always knew he'd be there to catch me if I fell and he and my mom gave me a real combination of my mom called roots and wings. I knew I could fly, but always had a safe place to land.

He was a rock for me as he was for so many of us. There were very few things he could't find an answer for, or at least tell me where to go to find one. The loss of hearing his voice and his words is tremendous. He was always generous with his time, his support, his knowledge, and his experience as well as his thoughts.

The fact that my son knew him until age 11 means so much and I will only hope that I can instill in him some of the gifts of patience, work-ethics and service that my dad gave to me.

My dad was not the kind of father that would ever tell me what to do, but he would always encourage me to look at the things I was doing with my life and how they made me feel about myself. We had many deep conversations about politics and ethics- he always stood by his convictions of fairness and equality. He was a huge influence in shaping how I see the world and gave me confidence that I can affect change, starting on even the smallest level, if I believe in myself.

The world will never be the same without my dad's physical presence, but what he has taught me about living a life of meaning and virtue will be with me through all I do and how I raise my son. His light is still bright.

I love you Dad. Even though I can't hear your voice any more or feel your hugs- your life and your death have taught me so much about living. Your legacy will continue, I promise.
April 18, 2018
Following these beautiful messages and thinking of Gene and the family often. XO
April 17, 2018
Gene was a wonderful person and a terrific boss. I worked for Gene in NYC. He was patient, kind, generous and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was one of the kindest people I have known. We did not keep in close touch over the years, and I have only just found out he was gone. Words cannot express how sorry I am to know that he is no longer here. He is missed.
December 15, 2017
Gene and I were BFF-- best friends forever, and since forever
Is not over yet, Gene still lives on permanently-- in all of his vibrant personality-- in my memories as well as those of all his many loved ones.

We grew up in the streets of the South Bronx 1940s, went to junior high school PS 52 together, played stickball together on Avenue St. John, and softball as well as baseball where we could find an open field. We also went to James Monroe High School and Brooklyn College-- where he was one year my senior. We ran on the varsity track team in high school and college, were pretty good athletes, although we never had time to practice as much as we should since we both were working at odd jobs to make spending money.

Gene is quoted as mentioning one of his top experiences was running in the San Francisco Bay- to- Breakers marathon starting out with a small group of elite leaders among the 50,000 runners behind them. Actually I was the Godfather who helped arrange that special event, along with other many attractive gifts to lure him to spend some time with me in San Francisco, pre-and post race time.

In addition to Gene's delivering newspapers on a neighborhood route, he was also the first guy any of us ever knew who was a Good Humor Man, driving a white ice cream truck ringing bells to let all the kids know that he was there with popsicles and other goodies.

Gene also had an even better job in a Broadway theater, unfortunately not on the stage but as a concession boy checking hats and coats, selling programs of the show, sheet music, as well as drinks and candies. I think he was in his freshman year at college and invited me, as a high school senior, for an audition with the owner of the concession at the St. James theater on 44th St. We worked together there for three or four years. As a side note the St. James theater has an unblemished record of only having best-selling musicals every year since we were there in the 1950s, with Damn Yankees, The King and I, Peter Pan, and many more, on up to more recently with The Producers. We worked five night shifts and all day Saturday, crammed homework during the breaks, as well as on long subway ride from the Bronx to Brooklyn to Broadway and back home to the Bronx.

We were more than just athletes and kid workers, we loved girls, and double dated two local sisters, as well as my cousin and her best friend, for some years. Of course,
we were all infatuated with Gene's stunningly beautiful sister Phyllis-- whose parents kept her well out of reach of any of us.

I recall fondly being chosen as his best man at Gene's first wedding to the beautiful Claire. Two final memories that remain vivid are extended sleepovers that my wife Christina and I enjoyed at Gene and Judi's wonderful home in Santa Fe over the Christmas holidays. The second memory that bubbles up frequently was my 80th birthday party celebration where Gene and our Bronx buddy and enduring friend, Arthur Kornhaber (alias splitfinger) not only enjoyed the music, fine food and drinks, but afterwards we threw and batted around a baseball in the street in front of my home-- near to the famously curved Lombard Street!

I do believe that if God gives you some time off for good behavior, you can practice enough to be able to hit even Artie's best curveball out of heaven.
Phil Zimbardo, alias Zimbo
December 12, 2017
Gene was a wonderful person. We will always remember Gene for his kindness, wisdom and dry humor. Our thoughts and prayers are with Judie. We miss you very much.
Ian and Barbara
December 12, 2017
Remembering you with light and love, Gene.
December 12, 2017
I loved Gene. He was a member of my family. He and Judie were 2 of a handful of people invited to my wedding. All my life, he was a wonderful presence. I will always cherish my memories of him
December 11, 2017
We love you and miss you every day Dad ❤
December 11, 2017
Was so looking forward to spending time with you after your move. Now those hopes are gone. Thinking of you often.
Al

View Photo Gallery

June, 2017

©2018 Legacy.com. All rights reserved. Guest Book entries are free and are posted after being reviewed for appropriate content. If you find an entry containing inappropriate material, please contact us.