August 29, 1938 - May 9, 2019
Eugene "Gene" J. Snow, 80, of East Hampton, beloved husband for 54 years of Evelyn (Sazinski) Snow, passed away peacefully at home under hospice care surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, May 9, 2019. Born in Manchester on August 29, 1938, he was the son of the late Charles Eugene and Blanche (Barber) Snow. He flew before he drove, becoming the youngest pilot in CT at the age of 15. Gene was a graduate of Manchester High School, earned his Aeronautical Engineering degree at South Carolina State University and his Accounting degree at San Jose State University. He served proudly in the U.S. Navy, just like his father before him and now his two grandsons. Gene was a commercial pilot (FTL) who flew 747s and stretch DC8s, and he was a captain of the Civil Air Patrol. Gene was, in his words, "a jack of all trades but master of none." He enjoyed doing projects with his brother-in-law and grandchildren which "will only take a few minutes." He was bigger than life, always humble and suffered a life of pain from heart disease but never complained. He wanted more time with his grandchildren, so he chose to have an LVAD put in, which allowed him to enjoy four more years with them. In that time, he enjoyed going to the Sportsman Club for ham and turkey shoots and their annual fishing derby with his grandchildren. He is finally at peace and pain free and will "put out his hand to touch the face of God." In addition to his devoted wife Evelyn, Gene will be forever missed by his two daughters, Elaine Snow of East Hampton and Elizabeth Gayhart and her husband Robert of North Windham and his three adored grandchildren who lovingly called him "Dampa," Brandon C. Goff, USN and his significant other Morgan Slossberg of Washington, Nathan D. Goff, USN of East Hampton and Madison E. Goff of East Hampton, who will be graduating high school in June and attending CCSU in the fall. Gene is also survived by his brother-in-law and friend, Richard J. Sazinski of Glastonbury; sister-in-law, Ann E. Cassidy of New Jersey; many dear nieces and nephews and their families; his best friends, Robert R., Robert H. and Ron R., as well as his canine companion, Yoshie. In addition to his parents, Gene was predeceased by his two sisters, Blanche Pudlo and Virginia Armstrong.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday (May 15) at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 53 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church. Burial with military honors will follow in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gene's memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To share a memory of Gene with his family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.
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