Eugene Wachowski

Eugene David "Gene" Wachowski

Monday, March 11th, 1963 - Monday, June 8th, 2020
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In Loving Memory of Eugene David Wachowski

“The Great Eugenie”

March 11, 1963 – June 8, 2020

Eugene David Wachowski, age 57, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020. Gene was born on March 11, 1963 in Pittsburgh, PA to Thomas John and Eleanore Margaret Wachowski. He is survived by his mother Eleanore; his siblings: Thomas, David (Marietta), Rose (“New” Mark), Robert (Meghan), Mark; his niece, Amber; his nephews: Carl, William, Jack; aunts, uncles, and cousins; and many good friends and magic fans.

Gene graduated from Friendly High School in 1981 and from Wilkes College in 1985. For over a decade, he owned his own computer consulting business, Genius Application Developers, and earned a reputation as a talented programmer.

Gene could start up a conversation with anyone and was always ready to entertain with a magic trick or two. He loved to laugh and found humor in everything. He will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Baldrick’s Foundation ( or a charity of your choice.

A “Celebration of Life” party will be held at a later date when COVID-19 restrictions ease.
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Posted at 05:10pm
When Gene and I were around 8 and 10 years old, we were on vacation at Lake Benedict in Wisconsin. We had been in the water
and came out onto the beach/grass. A women came up to us and said she has lost her wedding ring in the water. Could we try to find it? A challenge? For Gene? Of course! We went out into the lake and found her ring!! I think it was Gene who found it. We gave it back to her and went back out to swim. Shortly after she came out to us in the water with I think a $5 bill for each of us!
A fourtune back then. We had to very carefully make our way to shore and keep our money dry. We did it. We would talk about that over the years. A great memory for me and Gene.
Cousin Linda

Rose Wachowski

Posted at 07:38am
From a Feb 9, 2009 Facebook Post...

Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose up to 25 people to be tagged.

Here's what Gene shared:

1. When I laugh too hard, I pass out. I'm told it is a weird thing to witness. Sometimes, it happens when I'm laughing at my own joke.

2. My favorite line in a song is from "Lady Don't Mind" by the Talking Heads. The line is "I'm not lost, but I don't know where I am." That kind of sums up my life.

3. I love the ocean, but not the beach.

4. I once saw a young woman stop and give a homeless man a box of food and clothes. Then she leaned down and kissed him on the cheek. It made me sad, because I realized I would never be as good as that woman.

5. I'm agnostic. I'm NOT an atheist. Being an atheist would require too much faith.

6. When it comes to nature vs. nurture, I believe it is 10% nature, and 90% nurture. Who you are is not defined by your outward appearance or by any internal genetic makeup. You are the person you are because of your family, friends, and environment. If you like yourself, thank the people who have been part of your life.

7. My father died when I was 14. I am now older than he was. It kind of makes me sad that I have not accomplished more.

8. Most years, I run in the "Race for a Cure". I did a triathlon last year (2-mile run, 10-mile bike, and 1-mile canoe). I love it when I feel fit, but I really hate to workout. I do have six-pack abs, they're just hidden under an inch of fat.

9. I wish I was smarter than I am.

10. I enjoy performing magic for adults. Children believe in magic, so they are not very impressed. Adults, on the other hand, they "know the truth. The world is simple, miserable, solid all the way through. But, if you can fool them, even for a second and you can make them wonder, then you get to see something very special. It is the look on their faces." - The Prestige

11. My favorite quote is by Albert Einstein. "Imagination is more important than knowledge". I have that quote hanging in my office.

12. Every time I hit a milestone in my life (20, 30, 40), I think "if I only knew then what I know now". I believe that will happen for the rest of my life. If I live to be 90, I'm sure that I'll think I was an idiot at 75.

13. I'm worried that I don't have 25 friends to tag for this thing. (Only tagged 20 and half of them probably wished that I didn't).

14. I love my mother and am not afraid to say so. The woman is a rock and a saint. She deserves a metal.

15. I can't be offended. People today seem too easily offended by everything. I've had people say, "I'm sorry if I offended you; I didn't mean to." Well, if you didn't mean to, then you didn't offend me. And if you did mean to, then I don't care what you think. Hope that didn't offend anyone.

16. I find I am incredibly attracted to intelligent women.

17. I'm still annoyed at my "so called" friends for cheating me out of a basketball pool over 10 years ago. But, it is probably one of the main reasons I started, so I don't hate them.

18. Sometimes I wonder if I am the only one left who does not pronounce the "t" in "often".

19. I'm not sure why I have no "old friends". I don't keep in touch with anyone from elementary school, high school, or college. Seeing someone once every 10 years at a reunion is not keeping in touch.

20. I love "a job well done". To sit back and admire your own handiwork is a very satisfying feeling.

21. I believe you do not have to be religious to be moral or good. My favorite quote from the bible is "Judge not, lest ye also be judged." I think there are too many people who think they know the mind of God.

22. I love to play games. Trivia games, card games, board games, anything. I hate games in a relationship. They seem unfair, I never understand the rules, and I can never seem to win.

23. My goal in life is to retire before I'm too old to enjoy it.

24. There is no 24. Actually, I just thought of something. I would like to break 100 in golf. I've come close, but have never had a two-digit score.

25. Despite some of my thoughts listed above, I am an eternal optimist.

Clarke Bowers

Posted at 05:43pm
I’m very sorry to hear that Gene has passed away. Gene was a friendly person who laughed easily at team meetings. Everyone enjoyed the interesting trivia questions that he would bring from his weekly trivia meets. He leaves a lot of good memories behind for the people who knew him. Below is a picture of Gene with the team at lunch.

Tammy Cole

Posted at 02:05pm
I was Gene’s next-door neighbor for three years, and he was always kind enough to hold the door for me, and when I would walk my dog we would chat. He was so friendly and engaging. I wasn’t fortunate enough to see one of his magic tricks, but I did see a lot of kindness, always a smile, a wave and a cheerful hello. I pray for your peace in the coming days.

Rose Wachowski

Posted at 08:29am
FROM: Amy McCartney
Not sure what the trophy was that Gene is holding, but I'm sure it
celebrated one of his many talents!

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