Eugene 'Gene' Gillen, 73, loving husband of the late Jean Tetmeyer Gillen of Old Town Rd., Cheshire passed away Sunday, August 2, 2009 in CT Hospice after a brief illness. He is survived by his daughters and their husbands, Jennifer and Patrick Purcell of Canton, Wendy and Gerry Amenta of West Hartford, a son Peter Gillen of Cheshire, and 2 grandchildren Paul Amenta and Thomas Purcell, and a great-granddaughter Lindsay Amenta. He was predeceased by a sister Patricia Schmidt. Eugene was born in New Haven, July 14, 1936 a son of the late Hugh and Josephine Joslyn Gillen and proudly served in the US Army. He enjoyed tennis & golf in his younger years, a good book, and the Arts Place in Cheshire in more recent years. Gene was a avid Red Sox and UCONN Lady Huskies fan. Friends may visit with his family on Wednesday August 5 from 5-8 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN and meet at the funeral home Thursday morning at 10:30 for procession to Beaverdale Memorial Park for interment prayers and Military Honors at 11:30. Contributions in his memory may be sent to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 or to the charity of one's choice.

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  1. Pete, Wendy and Jen and the rest of the Gillen family – I am very sorry for your loss of your dad. I always liked playing bridge with your dad and your mom and enjoyed the conversations that we had about politics, the UConn Huskies and baseball. And the trip that Pete, his Dad and I took to Maine and the Canadian Maritimes was especially memorable. Your family is in my prayers. Love, John

  2. Dear Peter and Family, Our thoughts and Prayers are with you during this difficult time. We extend our deepest sympathies. The Beers Family

  3. Dear Wendy, Peter and Jennifer: We were very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. We bought your parents’ house on Patton Drive and will always remember their kindness to us during the closing. (Your father would be pleased to know that a Red Sox fan still lives here – our daughter is a diehard fan.) You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Dear Pete, Jen and Wendy, I am so sorry to read about the death of your Dad. There are so many memories with all of you living and growing up on Patton Drive. Your Mom and I meeting over gardening all summer long. The work your Dad did on the gardens, and all of you kids playing baseball. I hope your memories of that time are thought of with happiness. If your ever around do stop by. Doug Jon and Greg also send their condolences. Thinking of you all with both sadness and fondly. Jo-Ann

  5. Dear Jennifer, Wendy and Peter, I was so sorry to hear the news about your Dad. I have such fond memories of our old neighborhood and your family. My thoughts and prayers are wiht you. I am so sorry I was unable to attend the services. In deepest sympthy, Kitty Parente

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