Eugene P. Barden
1930 - 2016
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Eugene P. Barden

AGE: 86 • Little Ferry

Barden, Eugene P. 86, of Little Ferry, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, March 26, 2016. He was born January 24, 1930, in Jersey City, the youngest son of Dr. Edward & Lucille Barden. Soon after, the strains of the Great Depression resulted in the rapid evaporation of the family's wealth, a circumstance that would leave a lasting impression on the young boy. As a youth, he tested his Mom's patience often. Always a free spirit, formal education was an afterthought. Charged with making money to help support his family, he worked as a shoeshine boy, a paper delivery boy & a dock worker. At the same time, he pursued his passions such as horseback riding while working as a stable boy, becoming a champion swimmer in high school, and a golden glove boxer. He was voted "Most Likely to End Up in Jail" while attending Snyder High and ran off with his best friend, Don Mullin, to join the Trenton State Carnival. Upon his return, he decided to enlist in the Army rather than graduate. He was proud of his service to his country and bragged that he played halfback for an elite Army football team. The Army straightened this wild-child out and after his honorable discharge he returned to Jersey City where he met an angel sent from heaven named Margie Breheney. They married in June 1952, moved to "the sticks" of Little Ferry, and began raising a family. Her strength and love proved the jail prediction wrong. Part of "The Greatest Generation", Gene became a doer. He joined his beloved brother Lee and developed Manning Bros, one of the premier flooring companies in New Jersey. He was elected Mayor of Little Ferry and later served on the Council for 21 years. He loved to hunt, so he organized and was President of the Little Ferry Hunt & Bow Club. Inspired by his older brother Lee, a Merchant Marine sea captain, he bought a boat. His maritime adventures included travelling the inter-coastal waterway to Florida with Margie and friends as well as multiple fishing trips and family excursions. He was a quietly religious man and felt proud about raising significant money to build St Margaret's of Cortona in Little Ferry. He loved sports, was President of the Little Ferry Boys Club and coached several Football and Baseball teams. Above all Gene valued his family. He is pre-deceased by his wife, Margaret, who he honored by hosting a family reunion each year since her death. He is also predeceased by his son and business partner Eugene M. Barden as well as his brothers Edward and Lee and his sisters Mildred Warren and Lucille Brock.

Surviving him are his daughters Margaret (of Houston, TX), Adrianne (of Dallas, TX), Heide (of Pembrook Pines, FL), Genevieve (of Raynham, MA) and Rachael (of Lake Elsinore, CA) and his sons Leon (of Morganville, NJ), Michael (of Morganville, NJ) and Joseph (of Hillsdale, NJ). "G-Pa" as he was known by his 22 grandchildren, was a warm and generous man who deeply loved and supported his family and, in turn, was loved and cherished by each of them. We all miss him.

Funeral from Costa Memorial Home Boulevard and Central Ave. Hasbrouck Heights on Thursday, March 31st at 8:45 AM. Funeral Liturgy from St. Margaret of Cortona R.C. Church, Little Ferry at 10 AM. Interment following at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. Visitation Wednesday, March 30th from 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 PM. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to American Cancer Society (and quit smoking!). For directions or to send online condolences, please visit www.CostaMemorialHome.com





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Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 28, 2016.
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February 14, 2017
I'm sorry I only learned of Mr Bardens passing on Feb 14 2017. I remember him as my Cub Scout troop master from St Margaret's in Little Ferry and as his sons Eugene BFF in school then. Mr. Barden was a great leader by example - someone we all looked up to in awe. I'm sure he is deeply missed by his family. Pete Malvasi
Pete Malvasi
February 14, 2017
I'm sorry I only learned of Mr Bardens passing on Feb 14 2017. I remember him as my Cub Scout troop master from St Margaret's in Little Ferry and as his sons Eugene BFF in school then. Mr. Barden was a great leader by example - someone we all looked up to in awe. I'm sure he is deeply missed by his family. Pete Malvasi
Pete Malvasi
April 5, 2016
Our deepest sympathy to the Barden family on the loss of your dad. Gene was a great boss and an even better friend. May he rest in peace!
Gary & Lois Kohles
March 29, 2016
Deepest sympathy and condolences to the family during this time of grief. Psalms 65 : 2.
March 29, 2016
Honored to know his daughter Margaret Durr. He raised a great daughter, and she loved her family. Sending prayers!
Kathleen Crenshaw
March 29, 2016
My condolences to the Barden family. I don't remember much about my great Uncle Gene but my mother always had so many good things to say about him. From this write up I see why. Thoughts & prayers. Heidi Fatula
Heidi Fatula
March 28, 2016
My heart felt sympathy to the Barden family.
Virginia Tucci-Lord
March 28, 2016
Dear uncle Gene, although I haven't seen you since Aunt Margie,s wake, you were never forgotten. You were a gentle man who I never saw without a smile . And on behalf of my beloved sister Judy, you were her favorite uncle. She talked about you alot.
You will truly be missed.
Rene (warren)Griffin and Ron Griffin
March 28, 2016
Deepest condolences from the Della Bella family.
Alexander Della Bella
March 28, 2016
Carole Smith
March 28, 2016
My condolences to all the Barden family and may he rest in peace,GOD bless
Jerry Mulholland
March 28, 2016
My condolences to the Barden family. Mr Barden was my little league coach for Comfort Air, and Leon was my teammate. He was a good coach, and very easy to talk to. RIP Mr. Barden.
Tony Petrullo
March 28, 2016
My heart was touched reading this beautiful segment about my grandfather. He was truly a great man, for his family and the people surrounding him in life. I'll never forget the impact he's had in my life growing up, along with everything he's taught me - I miss you so much Gpa.
James W
March 28, 2016
My sincere condolences to the family. I am truly sorry for your loss.
May the God of loyal love comfort your family during this time of need.
March 28, 2016
To the family,
May God sustain you during this sad and difficult time. God is our refuge and strength in times of distress. Our sincere sympathy.
March 28, 2016
so sorry for the whole family and the whole town of little ferry .knew mr barden in so many points of my life as a friends dad,, always down the field on mehrhof road,and then as a neighbor on abend st thought tough times of weather .he always had a smile and a hello ,i will personally still look at the house for him for a long time.
lauren volpe
March 28, 2016
Sincere condolences. I never met the man but your beautiful tribute makes me wish I did. He sounded like he was a real character!
Peggy Kuhn
March 28, 2016

I would like to express my sincerest condolences to your family. May God comfort you, and grant you much peace (Numbers 6:26) may the precious memories shared between you give you much comfort throughout your loss
March 28, 2016
Deepest sympathy for this great loss to the family. The strength from God can sustain you though this very difficult time. May the depth of your faith and the love of those who share your loss comfort you. Also may knowing that your beloved is not in distress bring you a measure of peace.
The Lewis family
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