Gene Naff, of Roanoke, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, March 30, 2013. Gene was born on February 17, 1951, in Pineville, W.Va. He was preceded in death by his father, the Rev. Preston Naff; his mother, Opal Naff; and his big brother, Kenneth Naff. He leaves behind his daughters, Amy Post (Aaron) and Tina Gibson (Matt); his grandchildren, Hannah, Samuel, and Elizabeth Gibson; his honey, Jan Frasca, and her daughters, Bri and Ashley. Also surviving are his siblings, Clara McHone (Virgil), Frances Reed (Sonny), James Naff, and Ed Naff (Susan); as well as a host of nieces and nephews. He will be missed by the Williamson Road crew.
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For 39 years, he "went to the salt mine" at Shaffer's Crossing. After his retirement, he fully devoted himself to helping others. He was a counselor, comedian, mechanic, junk dealer, philosopher, financial advisor, electrician, pool shark and goodwill ambassador. He had a "Gene-ism" for every occasion. Gene loved his family, old Volvos, learning, shucking and jiving, his Thursday night group, pondering the universe, blues rock, and shooting the breeze.
In Gene's last days, his most common phrases were, "I love you," "thank you," and "it's all good." Gene would have been honored if his life encouraged the spread of charity and kindness; please give to your favorite organization if you would like to honor him. That's the way he rolled.
His family would like to thank Good Samaritan Hospice, Blue Ridge Cancer Center, The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, and his devoted family and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church. The family will be receiving friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Oakey's North Chapel.
Published in Roanoke Times from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2013