Gene McConville passed away peacefully on September 30, 2018, in Hudson, FL. Gene bravely fought a long battle with COPD over the last few years of his life.
Eugene Henry McConville was born in the South Bronx on January 17, 1938. A son of Arthur McConville and Josephine McConville (nee Kinney), Gene attend St. Luke’s School where he graduated in 1951. Gene then attended Cardinal Hayes High School, where he graduated in June 1955. Although Gene was born and raised in the Bronx, he was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal fan due to his admiration of Stan “The Man” Musial.
Gene embarked on a career at TWA airlines in 1956. He steadily rose through the ranks due to his hard work and devotion, eventually reaching the position of Manager of Flight Staffing. Gene’s work at TWA also ignited a passion for travel. In 1959, he was one of the first people to make a trip to Russia. Gene traveled all over the world and everyone loved his stories of foreign and exotic lands.
In the early 1960’s, Gene proudly served his country in the US Army. He served both stateside and in Germany.
During is 38 years at TWA, Gene worked in New York, Kansas City and St. Louis. He retired in 1994 and settled in Florida with his brother Art and sister Pat. Family was first and foremost for Gene. He attended every family gathering, graduation, wedding, golf outing, and track meet tailgate. Gene once made the cross-country trip to see his nephew Frank run in Eugene, Oregon, showing up with a six pack of his beloved Budweiser beer. Gene was the cool uncle to his nephews and nieces.
Gene loved Las Vegas; it was his second home. There was a passion for life that he found in Vegas and he wanted to share it with his family. Gene treated the family to a trip to Las Vegas in 2000. He showed everyone how to enjoy his city and how to play Double Down.
Gene was a parishioner at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Hudson, FL.
Gene was predeceased by his parents and his brother James McConville. He is survived by his sister, Mary “Pat” Johnson of New Port Richey, FL; his brothers: Arthur McConville of Hudson, FL, and Frank McConville (Joan) of Staten Island, NY; sister-in-law, Constance McConville of Little Falls, NJ; nephews, Arthur McConville (Melanie) of St. Louis, MO, and Frank McConville (Kim) of Red Hook, NY; niece, Patricia DeVito (Jay) of Cedar Grove, NJ; and great nieces and nephews: Jason, Gabriella, Molly, Marshall, and Aidan.
A memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate Gene’s life.