Eugene James Wade, better known as “Gene” and resident for exactly 50 years in Oakdale, Pennsylvania passed away surrounded by his family in his own home, 61 Hastings Avenue, on February 10, 2018. Gene was a resident at Victoria Manor, in Oakdale from April 22, 2015 keeping both addresses as “Home”. He was born on October 5, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York and married Madeline Rogers of Patton, Pennsylvania in 1953. His dear wife, “Mickey” passed away on June 5, 2016. Gene suffered from dementia, diagnosed in 2008.
Gene’s most difficult last two years were made light and comfortable by Terri Schmitt, Ruthie Keibler, Kathy Krause and her dedicated team at Victoria Manor in Oakdale. The family is forever grateful for their care, above and beyond the call of duty, and the joy they gave to him in the big and small things. This led to short-term care at St. Clair Hospital and Concordia of the South Hills and finally in-home care of the Good Samaritan Hospice. Heartfelt thanks to all of the nurses and chaplains who braved the winter to provide guidance, inspiration and care.
Gene’s greatest pride was his family of seven children, eleven grandchildren and one great-grandson. His smile, optimism, and love will be missed especially by his daughter Tina, and her husband and Gene’s best buddy and caregiver Anthony and granddaughters Christine and Victoria of Imperial Pennsylvania; Kevin and Amanda Wade, of Slippery Rock, granddaughter Nicole and grandson Dominic; Tim and Lisa Wade, granddaughters Lexi and Madison of Lakewood, Colorado: Bob Wade of Pittsburgh together with Bob’s family and Gene’s grandson and granddaughter-in-law Ryan and Grace and great-grandson Rowan and Bob’s son Logan Wade: Gene’s daughter and son-in-law of Oldsmar, Florida, Teri and Greg Grantham, Ciara and Samantha; Frank and Jos Wade-Neijenhuis of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Gary and Tu Wade, and their family, Gene’s grandchildren Henry, Tum of Pittsburgh, granddaughter Laura and partner Daniel of Honolulu;
Gene leaves his sister Patty and her husband Ed Coyne as well as their 3 children and grandchildren from Orange County, California.
Gene is also preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Myrtle (Fox) Wade of Brooklyn New York and his nurturing Aunt Kitty (Katherine) C. Harris of New York City.
Gene earned his Bachelor Degree in Economics at Saint Francis College, (now University) in Loretto, Pennsylvania; where he was on the varsity football team. He was a member of Saint Columbkille Roman Catholic Church in Imperial, Pennsylvania. Following his time in the U.S. Navy, on the U.S.S. Bennington, he had a career as a sales engineer in industrial heating and cooling in Tennessee and Virginia until he was slowed by illness. He then returned to the university and earned his teaching credentials in Economics and English. He joined the faculty and basketball coaching staff of Altoona High School in Altoona, Pennsylvania. In 1967, he returned to industrial sales and moved the family from Patton to Oakdale. Illness struck again. He rebounded again to complete a more than 22 year career in retail sales, and was awarded the Wickes Furniture Million Dollar Salesman Award. In retirement, he went to work for USAirways maintenance hangar security department at Greater Pittsburgh International Airport.
Family, friends and the community are invited to visit Thomas and Little Funeral Home in Oakdale on Tuesday, February 13 from 6pm to 8pm and Wednesday February 14 from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm. Holy Mass will be celebrated at Saint Columbkille Parish Church in Imperial on Thursday at 10am.