Wilfred E. “Gene” Genest died peacefully, at St. Luke’s Hospital, on February 6, 2021. He was the son of the late E.R. Genest and the late Emily Smith Genest. Mr. Genest was born on October 30, 1932 in Milford, MA. He was a long-time resident of Princeton, MA, recently moving back to the Mattapoisett–Fairhaven area, where he spent his youth.
Mr. Genest was Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a graduate of Florida Southern College in Lakeland and work in finance until his retirement. In Princeton, Mr. Genest served on the Conservation Commission and was a member of the First Congregational Church, where he was a deacon. Mr. Genest was a life-long football fan and enjoyed tennis, sailing and was an avid world traveler.
Mr. Genest will be missed by his wife of 64 years, Priscilla Hiller Genest, daughters Priscilla Genest-Magee and Susan Adams Genest and his son, Charles Frederick Genest. He was a beloved grandfather of Priscilla Alden Magee, Katharine Magee Thene, Louisa Alley Genest, Michael Nikolai Genest, Daniel Frederick Genest and his great grandson, Ethan Foster Thene and step great granddaughters, McKenna Grace Thene and Kaelyn Elizabeth Thene. He leaves a sister, Marion Genest Lowenfeld and two nieces and a nephew.
Due to the pandemic, a memorial gathering will be held later this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parks Foundation (www.nationalparks.org).