2018-03-28 / Obituaries

Eugene Mead

Eugene Kevin Mead, a New Kingston native and lifelong woodworker, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 26, 2018 after a long illness. He was 64.

Gene arrived into this world the beloved son of Harold Eugene Mead, Jr. and Joan H. (Graf) Mead on October 24, 1953. Gene’s father Harold often spoke of the medical challenges that Gene faced as an infant. In even the most stressful of medical moments, Gene would always manage to capture his parents’ hearts and give them hope by flashing his incredible smile. Charging through seemingly insurmountable obstacles was Gene’s specialty. He met hurdles that would scare most people with strength, grace, and patience.

Gene enjoyed a very family-oriented childhood that was woven with love and traditions. He was blessed with six siblings — Maureen, Jo-Anne, Colleen, Gwen, Gary, and Wayne. Growing up in New Kingston opened up a world of adventure for Gene. There were ample streams, forests, and wide-open spaces to explore. This natural environment, coupled with the music of the sixties and seventies, was the perfect backdrop for significant amounts of fun as a child and young adult.

Gene married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Linda DeSilva, on October 1, 1977 in Margaretville. Gene and Linda were inseparable. In their younger years, Gene and Linda enjoyed attending concerts. They were at one of the final Lynyrd Skynyrd performances of 1977.

On March 2, 1979, Eugene and Linda welcomed their beautiful daughter Melissa Renee Mead. Melissa was the apple of Gene’s eye, and he cherished the time they spent together. One of Gene’s favorite things to do was to spend time on vacation with Melissa. He savored his Disney vacations, during which he was able to spend time not only with his beloved daughter, but also his son-inlaw Jarrod and his grandchildren Kaylee and Liam.

On March 7, 1981, beloved son Kyle Eugene Mead arrived. The connection between father and son was immediate. Kyle learned all about the outdoors, mechanics, fitness, and respect for nature from his dad. Father and son even sported matching rat tail hairstyles and pierced ears. It was no surprise that Kyle and daughter-in-law Carly asked Gene to serve as their best man when they wed in 2006. The most memorable moment from that event will be Gene cutting a rug with his epic dance moves and million-dollar smile.

Gene treasured his children and worked tirelessly to provide them with incredible childhood experiences. They are and will continue to be his greatest legacy.

Gene rushed to the hospital for the birth of all three of his cherished grandchildren: Kaylee Ann Kussler, Madeline Harper Mead, and Liam Patrick Kussler. Gene loved playing with his grandchildren, going on outings to the fair, serving as an audience member for their dining room musical parades, and shouting lots of “whoo whoo’s.” Spending time with these three amazing children was Gene’s favorite way to pass a Sunday afternoon.

Gene was predeceased by his father Harold Eugene Mead, Jr. and mother Joan H. (Graf) Mead. He is survived by his wife Linda, daughter Melissa Renee (Mead) Kussler and husband Jarrod Kussler, son Kyle Eugene Mead and wife Carly (Yaekel) Mead, grandchildren Kaylee Ann and Liam Patrick Kussler, Madeline Harper Mead, sisters Gwen Faulkner, Jo-Anne Barone, Maureen Fisher, Colleen Skala, brothers Gary and Wayne Mead, and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held at Hynes Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 5. A celebration of Eugene’s life will be held by his family later this year.

The Mead family would like to extend sincere thanks to all of the family and friends who have prayed, cried, and walked this path with us. We will never forget your kindness and generosity.

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