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In Memory of

Eugene Negri

March 3, 1930 - August 4, 2017

Obituary


Dad passed away Thursday August 4th due to a heart attack and
complications from having fallen down. He was in hospice care at
Phelps Memorial Hospital a few days prior to his passing. Dad
developed a form of dementia about a year and a half ago that
gradually progressed to where he needed special care. He had been
living at the Atria, an assisted living facility in Ossining, New York
in the memory care side of the facility.

Dad grew up in the Bronx with his two sisters Annie and Connie and his
mother...

Dad passed away Thursday August 4th due to a heart attack and
complications from having fallen down. He was in hospice care at
Phelps Memorial Hospital a few days prior to his passing. Dad
developed a form of dementia about a year and a half ago that
gradually progressed to where he needed special care. He had been
living at the Atria, an assisted living facility in Ossining, New York
in the memory care side of the facility.

Dad grew up in the Bronx with his two sisters Annie and Connie and his
mother and father Catherine and Alfred. While a boy he spent summers
in Monticello New York at "Hollywood Cabins", a family run business
catering to vacationers spending summers there. At his home base in
the Bronx, Dad led an "East Side Kid's" lifestyle full of crazy
adventures typical of boys growing up in the Bronx during the 30's and
40's. Back then, Dad belonged to a "social club" called the "Jokers"
that had their own football team and played against other clubs in the
area. Life long childhood friends and members of the Jokers included
Augie, Johnny, Sonny and Sergio, who became our surrogate uncles while we were kids growing up.
As a boy dad learned to set pins at a local
bowling alley to earn money and his uncle Louie taught him how to drive
a truck. Dad graduated from Evander Childs High school and then
joined the Army where he was stationed at Fort Dix.

While on a blind date he met Lucy Pica, the love of his life. They were
married November 4th, 1956. After the birth of their first two
children they decided to be adventurous and move to Florida to start a business.
While in Florida Dad initially hauled rocket fuel and then bought a potato chip truck and sold potato chips among many other jobs.
Things didn't work
out so they moved back to New York eventually settling in the
beautiful town of Croton-on-Hudson where they raised their family and
lived in a comfortable stucco home on Van Wyck St .

Dad was foremost a family man, a blue collar hard working man
dedicated to helping our mother raise five kids. Family was everything
to him. He worked for most of his adult life for the Market Haulage
Company and the Grand Union Company driving a truck delivering
groceries to stores throughout the tri-state area. He worked long hours
and was a great provider to his family.

Dad loved to drive and especially loved to be towing something. He was one with the world when reading a map, driving an RV, towing a camper or boat, or pulling into a KOA. ??After all the bikes and coolers were unloaded and the picnic table set, it was time to feed five hungry mouths! That was a scene played out time and time again when we were on family vacation.

In retirement, Dad and Mom liked to travel and spend winters at their
condo in Florida They traveled to Alaska, Spain, France, Germany,
Italy and also enjoyed traveling "Elder Hostel" style. Dad enjoyed
reading books on History. He also had a green thumb and loved to tend to his vegetable garden.

Dad is survived by his loving children ,Alfred Negri, Eugene Negri,
Jr., Catherine Anesi, Lori Hoye and Marie Rigaud, cherished
grandchildren John, Jack and Chris and sister Constance Corcoran "Aunt
Connie". He was predeceased by his beloved wife Lucy Negri and sister
Antoinette Siddall "Aunt Annie".