Eugene Thomas Fedoration, 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, 13 January 2018 at his home in Melbourne, FL.
Eugene (Gene) was born in Flushing, New York to Andrew and Anna Fedoration and had one sister, Stephanie.
Growing up Gene helped out around the family grocery store, including driving the delivery truck – sometimes even on dates with close high school friends later to be known as the Quack Gang.
He graduated from Bishop Loughlin High School in 1946 and joined the Navy immediately thereafter, initially being stationed in San Francisco.
Gene was reassigned to the Brooklyn Navy Yard in mid 1950 and married high school sweetheart Ruth Beley in September 1950.
The family became world travelers when Gene was assigned to the USS Springfield, flagship of the U.S. Sixth Fleet homeported in Villefrance, France for 3 years in early ‘60s where Ruth and their three children lived, following the fleet throughout the Mediterranean.
When the deployment was completed the family returned to Washington, D.C. where Gene was assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations office in the Pentagon.
On weekends, when not out driving the family around the country side looking at property, he enjoyed, golf, fishing and hunting with his two sons and neighbors.
Gene retired, as Senior Chief, after 21 years in the Navy to Prince Georges County, Maryland where he worked in the county seat as a court reporter.
After retiring from the County, Gene worked for the US Circuit Court, District of Colombia, serving among others, Judge Sirica during the Watergate hearings.
Also, partnering with his son Steven, owned and operated Rose Valley Texaco, where Gene, fully decked out, made annual appearances as Santa to the neighborhood.
In 1991 Gene and family moved to Melbourne, Florida in full retirement to enjoy the golf links on Patrick AFB and nearby courses (as well as continuing his Santa rounds in the Greystone neighborhood). Gene shot three (3) “Hole in Ones” at Manatee Cove, the first being the most memorable as he also won the Drambuie world wide contest and a trip to Scotland to play the Old Course.
Gene and Ruth were also accomplished cruisers, undertaking trans-Atlantic cruises and visiting ports throughout the Caribbean, Alaska, Mediterranean and Baltic seas, many times with members of the Quack Gang or their immediate family. In addition to cruises, they both enjoyed traveling to far off corners of the world, including Kenya, Romania, El Salvador and others, following their daughter and her husband during their assignments with USAID.
After his second set of knee replacement surgeries effectively forced Gene hang up his golf spikes, he dedicated his time to keeping one of the best yards in the neighborhood as well as caring for his two great grandchildren, Chase and Ryan.
Gene is survived by his wife Ruth, son Thomas and his wife Mary, daughter Linda and her husband Stephen and their two daughters, Caitlin and Eileen, and her husband Harvey. He is also survived by his sister Stephanie.
Gene is predeceased in death by his son Steven, who left behind his daughter and his two beloved grandsons, Chase and Ryan.
We all say “Tickey Boo” Gene and wish calm seas, fair winds and following seas forever……
Services will be 12:00 noon Friday, January 19 at Beach Funeral Home West, 4999 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne, FL. Interment will be in Cape Canaveral National Cemetery at 2:00 pm.