Eugene Arthur Witheril, 80, of Hamden passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at the Hospital of St. Raphael. Loving husband of 62 years to Zeata Straube Witheril, he is also survived by his loving children, Linda Kasowitz and her husband Marvin of West Haven, Patrick Witheril and his wife Denise of Guilford and Peggy Choiniere and her husband Ed of Bethany; grandchildren, Kate and Jill Kasowitz, Allison Romanoff and her husband John, Meghan Witheril, Stefanie Benoit and her husband Joseph, Sydney Witheril, Matthew and Timothy Eckman and EJ, Cherilyn, Billy, Mike and Joey Choiniere; great-grandchildren, Grace McCarty, Charlotte Romanoff and Amelie Choiniere; a brother, Theodore Witheril of Wisconsin and lifelong best friends Joanne and Dick Westphal of FL and his puppy Daisy. He was predeceased by his infant son, Gerald Witheril and three brothers, Richard, Jr, Gerald and Arthur Witheril. A son of the late Richard and Margaret Christensen Witheril, Eugene was born March 2, 1932 in Racine, WI. He was employed for many years by McDonald's Corp. as a field operations manager and was VP of Franchising in and outside of the US. Eugene's most recent passion was real estate and he was the owner of Witheril Realty and was active until his retirement. He was also active in APPA, American Pool Players Assoc, an avid car enthusiast and a Red Sox and UConn Women's Basketball fan. Gene was most proud of his children, his grandchildren and his beautiful bride Zeata. His family is grateful for the loving care he received in the Hospital of St. Raphael Coronary Care Unit. Friends may visit with his family Saturday, July 21, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE, HAMDEN. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc, 300 Research Parkway, Meriden, Connecticut 06450.

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  1. Pat, I am so sorry about the loss of your Dad. From reading his obituary he seemed like a pretty likeable guy. Sending hugs to you.

  2. Eugene was a friend of the family. My brother-in-law, Richard C. Anderson attended school with Eugene, and Ted is my close friend. My sisters, now passed away, Dot & Georgia always talked about Eugene well. To Zeata and family our deepest sympathy.

  3. Linda and family – I was very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I think of you and our high school days often. I hope all your wonderful memories will help you through this sad time.

  4. So Sorry to hear about your Dad. He was so supportive of the kids–cheering them on from the sidelines. Peg, my sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. I hope the pain you are feeling will soon be replaced by the great memories you shared with your Dad. God Bless. Love Mary

  5. Dear Zeata. I was so sad to read of gene’s death. I only met him a few times but he was a lovely man. I know he will be missed by all who loved him. Frank and I thinking of you and your family at this most difficult of times.

  6. Dearest Zeata . It was good to see Gene last Sunday. It was really like old times. We offer our love and condolences to you , the children,grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was so proud of All of you.We will always be here for you-we love you Vinnie & Marie Guarniere and Freddie

  7. Pat, my heart goes out to all of you at this difficult time. Sending love and prayers to all from my family to yours.

  8. So sorry to hear of his passing. As a Realtor I had known Gene for many years and was pleased he was finally able to enjoy retirement , and had no idea he had been ill and in the hospital. He spoke of his family often and my condolences to you all. Barbara Sibley. Realtor

  9. Zeata hope you remember me, I worked for Gene when he opened up Mcd’s in Milford off of exit 34. We had such a great time with you and Gene, Ed and Diane. Sorry I couldn’t make the wake, take care, Kevin

  10. Zeata and Family, I am so sorry to hear about the lose of Uncle Gene. My thoughts and prayers will be with you. Love Kristin

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