Eugene Aloysius Noone
1987 - 2020
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Eugene Aloysius "Gene" Noone - beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend - passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 28, 2020 in Los Angeles. He was 33. Born on March 21, 1987 in Fairfax, VA to Patrick and Brigid (Cusick) Noone, Gene was raised in the Village of Westover in Mechanicsburg and had his lifelong love of learning kindled in Cumberland Valley schools. Growing up, Gene was never far from the swimming pool, whether as a competitive swimmer or a lifeguard. He went on to compete in Division I swimming, honing the inner strength and discipline which he later brought to his life's work as an artist and educator. Gene earned his BA in English from The University of Notre Dame and three master's degrees: an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in the UK, an MA in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education in New York City, and, most recently, an MFA in Cinematic Arts, Film, and Television Production from the University of Southern California. Gene was a writer, teacher, and filmmaker of high distinction. For four years, he taught English and theater for NYC public schools. He later taught at the China University of Geosciences in Beijing and most recently excelled as a Teaching Artist at Ghetto Film School in Los Angeles, a pioneering high school film program. All the while, Gene brought to life art of his own. From visual art to prose to film, he was a natural storyteller in multiple mediums. At the time of his death, Gene had dedicated himself to film editing, and his work helped the short film Ponyboi earn its premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. For Gene, life was an adventure to be lived joyously, and he was more than up to the task. He loved disco dancing and dirty martinis, Twin Peaks and Golden Girls, good bookstores and good records. More than anything else, he loved spending time with his family and friends. Gene combined singular style, unparalleled grit, and a riotous sense of humor in an altogether legendary way. Few could tell a better story, and none could pick a better outfit. Those who knew him were indelibly marked by his profound thoughtfulness, spellbinding creativity, and bone-deep authenticity. He enriched our lives in every conceivable way, and we mourn his passing with bottomless gratitude for all that he gave us, knowing we are sheltered forever in his golden light. Gene is survived by his parents, Pat and Brigid of Mechanicsburg; brothers Patrick, of Camp Hill, and Clark, of Claremont, CA; and sister Nora, of Los Angeles. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, and cousins, all of whom love him deeply. A celebration of life will be held at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Mechanicsburg, at 11 am on Tuesday, September 15. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the mass will be private. Those wishing to view the service online may do so at https://youtu.be/5actpE9-1kI. Gene was a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations in his memory be made to the LGBT Center of Central PA, 1306 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102.

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Published in Patriot-News from Sep. 11 to Sep. 13, 2020.
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September 21, 2020
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Susan Audo
September 15, 2020
My sincere condolences to all of the Noone family. Gene certainly lived a very full and productive life after I last saw him at Good Hope. I'm sure that you all have such precious memories.
TERRY J CORNISH
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September 15, 2020
What a beautiful send off to Gene today at Mass. So much love was there and in my home for him and your family. Hugs being sent to all of you.
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September 15, 2020
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September 14, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to you Brigid, Pat, Packy, Clark, and Nora. We send our love and prayers to you. Gene was so special, kind, loving, fun, and immensely talented. We feel blessed to have known him and will treasure our memories. We send our love and prayers.
Michelle, Don, Meredith, and Emily Lewis
Michelle and Don Lewis
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September 14, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that family and friends comfort you to ease your sorrow.
Kristi Jordan
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September 14, 2020
Dear Bridget & Pat. We are so very sorry about Gene. I remember him as such a fun kid - always with a smile and a kindness about him. What an accomplished young man! I am sure he made a difference in so many lives. We are keeping your whole family in our prayers. Rich and Carol Burkarth
Carol Burkarth
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September 13, 2020
Dear Bridget & Pat

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Gene It certainly sounds like he lived a full and accomplished, but short, life. May he rest in peace. We will keep you in our prayers
P.J. & Mary Ann McDonough
September 13, 2020
Pat and Brigid, Donna and I we’re sorry to learn of Gene’s passing. Please know that Gene and the entire Noone family will be in our prayers
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September 12, 2020
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Mariette Naughton
September 12, 2020
All of my love to the Noone family. Gene had one of the most genuine kind souls of anybody I’ve ever met. Much love, Gene will be missed.
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September 12, 2020
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Diane Navin
September 12, 2020
Brigid and family - I just heard about Gene and am so deeply, deeply sorry for the loss of your beautiful son. God's love, light, and healing to you during this very difficult and sad time.
Patti Shane (Snow)
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September 12, 2020
Our hearts and prayers are with Packy and the Noone family during this difficult time. Gene was an amazing person who accomplished great things during his short, but very impactful life. Packy always raved about Gene’s endeavors. We know his whole family was very proud of him. May he continue to enjoy dirty martinis and endless days of swimming in heaven. Our deepest sympathies.
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Tom and Aileen Grady
Aileen Grady
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September 12, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rick & Patricia Farrand
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September 11, 2020
It was an honor to know and love Gene. He was a beautiful, kind, and wonderful friend. He will be missed greatly and remembered lovingly.
Jane fuller
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September 11, 2020
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Shannon Weaver
September 11, 2020
My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to my dear friend Brigid and her family. I know how she and Pat love their family and the loss will be felt forever. Please know that I am hugging you all. Love you
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