NAUGATUCK — Eugene Edward Rice, 77, of Naugatuck, passed away on April 28, 2020, in the VITAS Hospice unit at St. Mary’s Hospital of liver cancer.
Gene was born in Fort Fairfield, Maine, on Aug. 20, 1942. He graduated from Fort Fairfield High School, Class of 1960. He then moved to Naugatuck to be with family.
Gene worked at Mitchell-Bate Co. in Waterbury for over 30 years and then at Plasti-Coat Co. until he retired. He was a former member of St. Francis Church in Naugatuck. He enjoyed bowling, old westerns, the New York Yankees, the Dallas Cowboys, UConn women’s basketball, and especially Dunkin Donuts coffee.
Gene is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his children, David and Debbie of Florida, Judy and George Harper of Oxford, Robert and Billie of Oxford, Thomas of Waterbury, and Bill and Karrie of Naugatuck; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He also leaves two brothers, Roger Ginn and Dale and Phyllis Ginn; and two sisters, Karol and Bob Mooney and Gloria and Joe Spino, all of Florida; a cousin, Lou Kelley and family of Newington; a brother-in-law, Terry Jones of Florida; and seven nieces and nephews. There are also numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends throughout the Northeast. He is predeceased by his mother, Mona Ginn.
Funeral services for Gene will be held at a later date. The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Naugatuck is assisting with arrangements.
For online condolences, visit www.fordfh.com.