March 31 1930 - January 1, 2018
Eugene B. Kutner (Gene), a long-time resident of Mount Laurel, born and raised in Philadelphia, passed away suddenly on January 1, 2018. Gene had many careers throughout his life, including systems analyst, entrepreneur, hospital gift shop manager, and accountant. He also served as President of Holiday Village Home Owners Association in Mount Laurel for many years. The true joy of his life, however, was being a husband, father, and grandfather.
Gene taught his family to be better people by instilling the values of social justice, civic engagement, and the importance of having a sense of humor. Most importantly, he knew how to tell a great story. Gene was married to his wife Fran (Spadaro) for 58 years. They met while employed at Stetson Hat Company, where Gene was thrilled to find a woman who knew her Phillies statistics and how to play pinochle. They have two daughters, Carole Nowak (Joseph) of Scottsdale, AZ and Susan Kutner (Brian Connolly) of Haddonfield, NJ, four grandchildren, Joshua Nowak, Rebecca Connolly, Rachael Nowak, and Ian Connolly, and four grand-dogs. His spirit will remain with them every time they watch a Phillies game, drink Lambrusco, play poker, have a friendly debate at the dinner table, or hear “You Are My Sunshine.”
Gene graduated from Bok Technical High School in Philadelphia, served as a sergeant first class in the US Army in Korea during the war, and graduated from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. During high school, Gene made lifelong friends. He was proud to attend Wharton where he majored in accounting and enjoyed taking a variety of classes, including law and politics.
Gene’s lifelong loves were enjoying Phillies games at Shibe Park, Veterans Stadium, and Citizens Bank Park and listening to Frank Sinatra. He was involved with the American League for a Free Palestine, which led to the creation of the state of Israel. He was also a member of the local Lion’s Club. He enjoyed traveling and visiting the West, especially Arizona. Gene believed in life-long education and was known for being an avid reader of books and magazines, and always ready to share what he learned.