On August 25th, the world lost a truly beautiful man. He was kind to animals and people alike…always had a treat for the dogs he adored. Gene was born in 1952 to Ralph and Joyce Hadley in Port Alberni, BC. His siblings are Miriam and Brian. He worked long shifts as captain and as deckhand on several fish boats. Gene had amazing interest and fondness for being out on the water…and told me of the adventures while out there on the sea. He also worked as a computer monitor. For Workers Comp he trained and worked as a hearing tester at manufacturing plants around Vancouver and areas.

When Gene was a young boy, he was given a vast array of athletics to keep him being

introduced to team play and the joy of accomplishment. He swam in mornings before school and played hockey and his favourite, lacrosse as well. He was very active. He started his academic studies at Malaspina as it was called then, studying mainly Criminology. He did so well he won a scholarship. We then relocated to the Lower Mainland to go to College/SFU. He graduated with a BACHELOR’S degree in Arts/Criminology. He wanted to work for the wrongfully convicted or restorative justice. We moved to Parksville to care for aging parents. One thing stands out about Gene. He was a man of integrity and intelligence who wasn’t afraid to step forward whenever there was an injustice, danger or threat. He had the best head on his shoulders when emergencies arose. He was a marvelous go-to guy! He would have made a wonderful paramedic…so calm, reasonable, gentle. Gene’s gift to the world was that of justice, fairness and responsibility. He did many favours for elderly folk and they all enjoyed him immensely. If he witnessed a crime or aggression or violence, he’d be incensed!

Gene loved nothing more than to be outside. He daily tended the flowers, shrubs, grass and was learning to enhance the growth of each one. He loved growing grapefruit, orange, avocado and kiwi fruit…all from seed. He loved figuring things out, and felt so pleased with himself. Always up for a challenge.

Gene and Raquel have enjoyed 16 yrs together and have a love many people comment on. He was very loving and she adored him. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER, my Precious. Rest in Peace, Sweetie!

The graveside gathering will be held Wednesday, September 12th, 2012.  Gathering begins at 1 pm. At Yates Funeral Home

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