Eugene Glick

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Glick, Eugene "Gene" Peter
April 27, 1922 - February 3, 2013
Gene was born and raised in Santa Monica, California. After graduating from Santa Monica High School, Gene, who was in the Naval Reserve, was called to active duty in January 1941. He served briefly in the European Theater before being transferred to the Pacific, where his ship was in many of fiercest Island battles. He was honorably discharged from duty in mid-1945. Upon his return to the States, Gene joined his father Sam in his store, Glick Slacks, on the Miracle Mile in L.A., where Gene was the designer and pattern-maker. The store was credited with popularizing women's suits and slacks which had been brought to the U.S. by actress Marlene Dietrich. In 1955 when the store closed, Gene went to work as a set electrician in the movie industry, and over the next several years, worked his way up to the position of set lighting gaffer on some of the most popular movies, TV shows and commercials. Gene was the first, and only, set lighting gaffer to win an Emmy Award for his work lighting the sets of the TV show "Columbo", and one of the first five gaffers to be nominated for an Oscar for his work on the movie "Butterflies Are Free." Gene's great smile, his habit of wearing an ascot daily, and the pipe which was usually clenched in his teeth, became his signature, for which he is still remembered. When not on the set, Gene loved to work in and on his house, and in his yard. This passion was only eclipsed by his continued deep love for the ocean. Weekend trips to Catalina Island, usually with the family on board, and cruises along the California coast on his boat, "My Honey Too," brought years of enjoyment to Gene. After retiring from the entertainment industry in 1987, Gene continued on as a consultant, while increasing his role in charitable organizations and clubs. He was an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, regularly going out on rescues and patrols. In 1998, Gene was honored for his then 50 years of membership in the Masons organization, in which he served until his death. When he and his wife Honey relocated to Palm Springs in 1997, he joined the reconstruction crew of the Palm Springs Air Museum, where he loved the work of helping to restore vintage WWII aircraft, and making many new friends. Gene Glick was always and ever a gentleman, and a gentle man, with the deepest sense of morals and ethics. It was said of him by many that you "could take his word to the bank, as it was good as gold," and that once made, he never broke his promise to anyone. Gene enjoyed 90 remarkable years with his family and many friends. He leaves a legacy that will never be forgotten. He is survived by his beloved wife, Honey, his son, Adam Seth Glick, two daughters, Debbie Rae George and Robin Kathi Gaven, son in law Matthew Gaven, and six greatly loved grandchildren, Alex, Samantha, Gabby, Lilly, Willow, and Rachael. His memory will forever be a blessing. Donations in Gene's memory may be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund, P.O. Box 1999, Studio City, CA 91614, or the Lupus Foundation.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 24, 2013
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