Eugene Harley Shaver

August 2, 1936 ~ August 1, 2019 (age 82)


Burlington – Eugene (Gene) Harley Shaver, died Thursday, August 1, 2019.


He leaves his wife of 59 years, Mary (Jackson) Shaver; his son, Eric Shaver and his wife Gail Gaetani; his daughter, Sonja Fuller and her husband Andy Fuller; his sisters, Gale Shaver and Elaine Brooks; two grandchildren, Sophia and Sedona Shaver; and many other relatives and close friends.


He was born on August 2, 1936 in Andes, NY to Allen J. Shaver and Lillian Misner. He graduated from Andes Central School. While in school he drove a milk truck to collect from local dairy farmers and worked as a short order cook at a local eatery and butcher shop. He started a life-long passion for sports at an early age and carried throughout his lifetime. 


After school he enlisted with his best friend, Fred Wilson, into the US Army and was assigned to the signal corp. He served at Fort Monmouth, NJ for three years. He became an instructor in cathode ray tube theory. After his discharge he returned home and became re-acquainted with a now grown up girl he used to tease as a child, Mary Jackson, whom he married in 1960. IBM sent him many telegrams offering employment which he finally accepted.


He started the family in San Jose California with Sonja and Eric and moved the family of four to Burlington in 1967.  Burlington has been home since and the source for so much of what it was proud to provide for his Family.  He loved to spend time on the lake, attend or coach absolutely any sport he could, and taught himself to ski, and became a hockey player at 40.  You could find him Skiing, Skating, playing basketball, softball, baseball, waterskiing… you name it. 


Later in life he took joy in his grandchildren and taking every opportunity to teach, coach, play and tease another generation of Shavers.  He enjoyed getting to know his step-grandchildren and considered them to be family too.


He had a reputation for being a constant joker and loved to tease you. His hope was always that you would tease right back. Gene loved talking to friends and strangers alike and could find fun in everyone he met and everywhere he went.  He loved to swing dance with his wife Mary, with the dance club become a was a rich source friendship.




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