Updated Aug. 22 to include memorial service
RAYMONDVILLE -- Gene Earnie Shantie of Raymondville, NY passed away on June 25, 2019 while surrounded by family at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, NY. He was 70 years old.
A Remembrance of Life Ceremony for Gene E. Shantie will be held on September 7th from 12 to 6 at the Norfolk American Legion. Gene died unexpectedly on June 25th, 2019 while recovering from surgery at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, NY. He was 70 years old.
Friends are invited to join family members as we celebrate Gene's life. Family photos will be on display and we will be playing recordings of "A Minute with the Old Man," a radio segment with his son, Ethan, that Gene was a part of for several years on Q Country 102.9.
It was Gene's request that we not hold a wake or a funeral, but get together with friends and enjoy ourselves. We hope that you'll help us do that by joining and sharing your stories about your memories with Gene, whether you worked with him at Alcoa or were a friend of the family.
Food and beverages will be served.
He is survived by his loving wife, Terry, as well as his seven sons: Thor (and his wife, Lisa), Zachary (and former wife, Julie), Ira, Corey (and his wife, Angela), Casey (and his partner, Becka and former wife, Sarah), Ethan (and his partner, Erin), and Ian (and his wife, Jackie). He also leaves behind a brother-in-law, Allan Spoor (and his son, Craig), as well as many grand-children.
He is pre-deceased by a daughter, Amberel, a twin brother, Dean, and a sister, Joeanne Dee Spoor.
Born on March 29, 1949, to Hermie and Rose Shantie, Gene graduated from Norwood-Norfolk High School before going on to careers in construction and the trades. He then worked at Alcoa, where he was employed as a millwright for more than 30 years.
Gene had a passion for hunting, reading and storytelling, which he shared with his children and which lives on through them. He was revered for his tough but compassionate nature, as well as his infectious laugh (which was the highlight of a brief career as a radio personality). In his retirement, Gene could often be seen riding around the North Country in his truck, doing well under the speed limit and saving stranded turtles; Gene rushed for no man, whether in speech or in action. He told his children, “the best thing you can do with death is ride off from it,” and to him we offer our thanks and say: uva uvam vivendo varia fit."
Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.buckfuneralhome.com. The Buck Funeral Home in Norfolk is serving the family of Gene E. Shantie.