Eugene Francis “Gene-o” DeMarais, age 84, of Waverly passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.
Eugene was born March 23, 1936, in Waverly Township, the son of Margaret and John DeMarais. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. He graduated from Buffalo High School in 1954.
Once “Gene-o” (as he was called) graduated from high school, he started working at Wright Co. Products in Buffalo. He worked there for 23 years, and continued working there when they became Sunny Fresh Foods/Cargill for another 12 years.
After retiring from Sunny Fresh Foods, he was too young to stop working, so he worked for LaPlant Farms in Waverly for nine years.
Gene-o lived all his years at the family farm in Marysville Township. He was a caretaker for many years of his mother, Margaret.
Gene-o was a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary’s in Waverly. He served on the cemetery and funeral committees. He also enjoyed ushering for Mass and helping with funeral luncheons for many years.
Gene-o was always ready for a game of cards, mostly euchre, and spending Wednesday nights at T-Cats. He was always ready to help when anyone needed it. He spent lots of time with his siblings, their families, cousins, and friends.
He spent summers gardening, and canning lots of pickles. He was a quiet man with a big smile and contagious giggle that will be missed.
Gene-o was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mildred Wurm Hannon; brothers-in-law, Jerry Driver, Ralph Wurm and Pat Hannon; nephews, Joe Wurm, infant John DeMarais; and niece, Shelly Lynch.
He is survived by brothers, Douglas DeMarais, Duane (Lois) DeMarais; sister, Charlene Driver; 13 nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and close friends.
A Mass of Christian burial took place Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Father Kenneth O’Hotto was the celebrant. Interment followed at The Marysville Catholic Cemetery.
A visitation took place Monday, Dec. 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com.