Burlington, VT – Eugene (Gene) H. Shaver,
Our beloved husband, father and grandfather left for his heavenly home on Thursday, August 1, 2019. An intelligent, humble, dog-loving gentleman and friend to all has left us.
He leaves his one and only love of 59 years, Mary (Jackson) Shaver; his son, Eric and his wife Gail Gaetani; his daughter, Sonja Fuller and her husband Andy; his sisters, Gale Shaver and Elaine Brooks; four grandchildren: Sophia and Sedona Shaver and Amy and Adam Fuller; and many other relatives and close friends. He was predeceased by his brother Allen.
He was born on August 2, 1936 in Andes, NY to Allen J. Shaver and Lillian Misner. He started a life-long passion for sports, particularly baseball, at an early age which carried throughout his lifetime.
After high school he enlisted into the US Army with his best friend, Fred Wilson, and was assigned to the signal corp. He became an instructor in cathode ray tube theory at Fort Monmouth, NJ. 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. Mary and Gene were married in July 1960.
He started the family in San Jose, California with Sonja and Eric and moved the family of four to Burlington, VT in 1967. Burlington has been home since and the starting place for so much of what he was proud to provide for his family. His time on the Burlington City Council was a source of pride for him, knowing he could give back and help the community he loved. He loved to spend time on the lake, attend or coach absolutely any sport he could, and taught himself to ski. He became a hockey player at 40. You could find him skiing, skating, playing basketball, softball, baseball, tennis, water-skiing… 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 family as well.
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 found these friends in IBM, at the church, at the beach, playing sports, in the neighborhood, at the Elks Club, and in his extended family everywhere. He loved to swing dance with his wife Mary and their dance club became a rich source for many friendships.
He is missed dearly by all who knew him.
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