Gene died peacefully at home in Pittsboro, NC, on November 23, 2020, at the age of 85. Born January 11, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY to Rose and William Boshes, Gene spent his childhood in Brooklyn and then Chappaqua, NY. He attended Horace Greeley High School, where he excelled as a varsity athlete in several sports, including football and baseball. Gene graduated from Syracuse University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management/Political Science. He enjoyed his college years immensely and made many lifelong friends.
Professionally, Gene was creative, driven, and resourceful. He knew from an early age that he did not want to work for someone else and instead founded a successful design company that grew to maintain offices in New York City, Los Angeles, London, and Paris. Ever the entrepreneur, Gene built a career spanning architecture, interior design, real estate and consulting. He especially loved the challenge of designing and building commercial and residential spaces. Gene spent his early career in New York City and then settled in Fairfield County, CT, where he lived most of his adult life.
Everyone who knew Gene recognized him as a masterful storyteller. He loved to entertain friends and especially his children and grandchildren with his many exciting and fun-filled tales about riding his motorcycle across Europe and other adventures. Gene lived life to the fullest and urged those around him to do the same. He always enjoyed the outdoors, dogs, traveling, and sports cars. But most of all, Gene loved the sea. He was an avid sailor who spent his weekends on Long Island Sound and enjoyed success in competitive racing.
Gene will be deeply missed by his family and by his companion of many years, Janet Parker Doublier. He is survived by his son William Boshes, daughters Hilary Hoffmeister, Alison Roberts, and Kerry Meyers, many grandchildren, his former wife Meg Boshes, and cousins. He was pre-deceased by his sister Suzanne Boshes, former wife Karen Lade, and his grandson Luke Meyers.
A celebration of Gene’s life will be held in the spring. In Gene’s memory, a contribution may be made to Save the Sound (www.savethesound.org) or to the scholarship in memory of Gene’s grandson that supports the further education of graduating high school seniors dedicated to studying and protecting the natural world. Checks to “Greenwich Scholarship Association” can be mailed to GSA P.O. Box 4627 Greenwich, CT 06831. Please write “Luke Meyers Memorial Scholarship” on the check memo line.
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