ESTESS--Gene. June 1, 1935-April 9, 2014. Gene lived life to the fullest. He was an inspiration to all who knew and loved him. While he was a broker on Wall Street for many years, his real passion was the work he did as Executive Director for 20 years at the Jericho Project, a nonprofit organization that provided permanent housing and wraparound services for formerly homeless substance abusers. He leaves behind the love of his life, his wife, Pat Schiff Estess, and children who he inspired and who will treasure his memory forever, Noah Estess (Patrice), Andrea Wohl (Eric Silverman), Peter Wohl (Kate Breslin) and Jen Wohl. His grandchildren, who adored him and his sense of humor, Jonah and Paloma Estess, Sam and Zoe Silverman, Elias and Jordan Wohl and Aidan Wohl. He also leaves his sister Barbara Leber of Potomic, Maryland. In memory of Gene, contributions can be made to the Jericho Project or the Visiting Nurses Association of New York.
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Published in The New York Times on Apr. 13, 2014