We will miss you Geno
So many wonderful memories jamming with Gene at Allenberry, great musician, great guy, and great friend!!
This "Kenso" man will miss his neighbor
So many hours we spent talking about the great place to grow up, where we had no money but a million ways to have fun and take care of each other. I will miss those talks and the friendship of a real gentleman.
A Dedicated Mummer
Gene will be missed. I met Gene in 1991 at GKSB and have been friends for a long time. Great times at Allenberry Banjofest, PBS, GCSB and Mummers string band jobs and parties. He was an accomplished banjoist and a good friend. Rest in peace Gene.
My condolences to his family.
Tony Visalli, Warrington, PA
Be cool, jump in the pool, there's no school.....
My fondest memory of my Uncle Gene would be his rhyme that he would always say during the summer when we visited "don't be as fool, get in the pool, there's no school, be cool! " Its pretty silly but it always made me laugh and smile. As I've grown up I'll miss sitting out by the pool relaxing and talking about anything and everything with you. I'll miss you very much.
Dad was a beautiful, kind-hearted, musical man (he LOVED playing music, and it showed: he sang, played electric bass, guitar, and especially his banjo). Just two weeks ago, at his last music job, I watched him play. He was very sick then, and so very tired, but the man was doing what he loved. And he played (and played exceptionally) for the entire job, over an hour. My Mom said it really wiped him out, we were afraid we were going to lose him right then.
He was an honest and hard working man, with an odd (but hilarious) sense of humor. He loved making us kids smile and laugh. Sometimes it seemed he'd rather be with us kids (my cousins, my friends), joking around, than with the other adults.
And he absolutely adored my daughters. They loved him back just as much. They would memorize and order his drink for him when we'd go out to eat (unsweetened iced tea, extra lemons)- he loved that. They'd sing songs he wrote just for them. They had secret, silly nicknames for each other. They would lovingly tease each other all the time (the 'repeat' game, where they'd repeat everything my Dad would say, and he'd act aggravated --not a good actor, though, you could see the smile on his face, lol) They were really close with my Dad.
I'm really going to miss him. I know he's with his Mom and Dad and other loved ones in heaven, and he's watching over us. It's still hard, though. I miss you, Dad.
I have many many good memories of Gene. Just after Tracy and I were married she had me call their house and when he answered I said "Hi Dad!" His response was "WHO IS THIS??!!!!" He did not find it as funny as we did.
Gene would stop over our house a couple times a week to see the girls and every time he would stop by he had an old mum story and a gallon of ice cream and treats for the girls. At one point we had 8 gallons of ice cream in the freezer. Lol he always wanted his granddaughters to be happy.
I always remember him telling me old GK stories like the time the band was doing a job on a raft in Browns mills and it sank with the whole band and "there's still an instrument or two at the bottom of the lake". Haha
Another classic Gene memory is he would always joke with the girls and hide behind something that obviously would not hide him like a 4 ft tree. Well one day he went to pick them up at the bus stop and "hid behind a tree" and was pretending to "peek" to see the kids getting off the bus. Well the bus driver didn't know who Gene was and stops the kids from getting off the bus "WAIT, get back on the bus there's a strange man behind that tree!" The girls giggled No that's our Grandpop. He didn't care who was around, what was going on or how silly it might make him look if he could make them happy he would do it. And usually people would understand once the girls started to giggle.
I feel very lucky to have had him as my father in law and Grandpop to our kids. We will all miss you Gene
Love Joe Hogan
You'll be missed!
I was blessed to meet Gene, Edna and Tracy around 1986 when I first moved to PA and was introduced to Mummery. Gene was always the nicest guy, kinda quiet at times, but always friendly and the love for his wife and daughter was shown at all times. I know you're up in Heaven with my George jamming away, you guys always loved a good 4 or 5 person jam, with 8 or 9 others joining in. I was blessed like everyone to have known you. RIP Gene.