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.