Gene was not just a co-worker and friend, but a mentor and champion for those he came in contact with. He was a professional and a gentleman through and through. We spoke at length about his travels overseas and his family, all of whom he was very proud of. He shared a lot about his life, and his openness made you feel like you were really in the presence of someone very gracious. One of the last projects we worked on together was at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. His commanding voice had an amazing resonance and kindness that sent chills of anticipation for those lucky enough to be present. His friendship will be held dear and his legacy of love will be passed on by all he came in contact with. Gene was a very special person.