July 4, 1941 to April 26, 2014
Boonville- Eugene T. Hendrickson, 72, of Erwin St., affectionately known as Gene, husband of Dianne, passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Utica.
He was born in Penfield, NY, on July 4, 1941, a son of Leonard O. and Dorothy M. Verhage Hendrickson. Gene grew up in Penfield, where he graduated from high school. Thereafter he furthered his education at Buffalo State, where he earned his bachelor degree in 1965, and his master's degree in 1971. On August 28, 1965, Gene was united in marriage with Dianne F. Terry, at St. John's Catholic Church, Spencerport, NY. In September, 1965, the couple moved to Boonville, where they have since lived.
From 1965, until he retired in 1997, Mr. Hendrickson was a Junior High Industrial Arts Teacher at Adirondack Central School, Boonville. In recognition of his outstanding teaching ability, in 1986, Gene was selected to receive the Teacher of the Year Award from the Mohawk Valley Technology Association, and organization that he is currently a member of. The game of Golf, and Gene, were inseparable with each other. Many years ago he taught himself the sport of golf and for 38 years he served as coach of the varsity Golf Team at Adirondack High School. He simply reveled in coaching his teams, and helping scores of others perfect their Golf skills. He was highly respected by all in the sport of Golf throughout New York State. Mr. Hendrickson was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Boonville, where he was currently serving as a Eucharistic Minister. He was a long time member of Boonville Council Knights of Columbus # 2195, where he was the current financial secretary and a Past Grand Knight. He was also a member of the Boonville-Oneida Co. Fair Association. Gene participated in the Monday Night Golf League at Alder Creek Golf Course, the Thursday Night Men's Golf League and the Thursday Morning Senior Men's Golf League, all at Woodgate Pines Golf Course, Boonville. He also enjoyed cross country skiing. Most of all, Gene loved his wife of 48 years, Dianne, and his children and grandchildren and spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son and daughter in law, Brian E. and Sharon Hendrickson, Wyckoff, NJ; two daughters, and one son in law, Kristine, Newport, RI, and Maria (Tonny) Navarro, Cos Cob, CT; and six beloved grandchildren, Nick, Abby, Brayden, Ayden, Emerson and Anthony; two brothers, Robert (Judy), and James; and one sister, Kathleen Boddy, all of Penfield, and several nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 at. St. Joseph's Church, Boonville, where Rev. Sean Patrick O'Brien, pastor will officiate. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Boonville. Calling hours are Monday 1-4 & 6-9 P.M. at the funeral home. Boonville Council Knights of Columbus # 2195 will meet in a group at Trainor Funeral Home, for services on Monday at 7:30 P.M.
In lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be made to a Golf scholarship fund to be established at Adirondack Senior High School, C/O Adirondack Central High School 8181 State Rt. 294, Boonville, NY 13309, or to the American Heart Association 120 Lomond Court Utica, NY 13502.