Eugene Edward Rafuse
May 24, 1953 – December 29, 2018
RAFUSE, Eugene Edward (Gene) May 24, 1953 – December 29, 2018
Eugene (Gene) Edward Rafuse was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 24, 1953. As a young man, Gene travelled north to Terrace to attend Northwest Community College, arriving to six feet of snow. Luckily the weather didn’t deter him from staying, as it wasn’t long before he met Trudy Hamer. They married on September 11, 1976, and raised two children. During many of those years, Gene worked as a mechanic. In his early fifties, he went back to school to become a butcher.
In his spare time, Gene was always keeping busy. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and co-managing the farm with Trudy north of Terrace. Gene especially cherished his time with his five grandchildren, always looking forward to their annual summer visit.
Gene will be remembered for his generosity. He was always there to lend a hand to his family and friends. He’ll also be remembered for his quick laugh and affectionate ribbing, his love of coffee (ten cups a day!) and of course, his signature moustache. He will be missed.
Gene is remembered by his wife Trudy, his son Quinton (Karin); his daughter Brandy; his grandchildren Sydney, Addison, Kiera, Julius and Sebastien; his brother Bill (Rebecca) and family; and the extended Hamer family. Gene was predeceased by his parents and brother.
A special thank you to the nurses and doctors at Terrace’s Mills Memorial Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital who cared for Gene.
Gene’s family invites friends to gather to remember him on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 2pm in the Terrace Sportsplex Banquet Room, 3320 Kalum Street, Terrace BC.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Melanoma Network of Canada, 482 South Service Road East, Unit 110, Oakville, Ontario L6J 2X6, Telephone: 1-877-560-8035, www.melanomanetwork.ca or the Terrace Salmonid Enhancement Society, 4734 Park Avenue, Terrace, BC, V8G 1W1, www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/terrace-salmonid-enhancement-society/.
Eugene Edward Rafuse
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January 12, 2019
I first met Eugene at Fountain Tire years ago. He started right around the fall time if I remember. Christmas came and he gave Shannon and I a gift. I was a little uncomfortable as I hadn't known him very long and I didnt have anything for him. I opened the gift to see a beautiful red handwoven scarf that Trudy had made. What I remember most is Gene saying my wife is a weaver but she made me pay for the scarves. She wouldn't even give me a discount. I am thinking this is one stern lady. Years later I joined Trudys weaving group and she as well as the other girls taught me to weave. I then understood why the scarves were not for free, because of the amount of work that went into them. I remember Gene everytime I wear that scarf and now also have the pleasure of thinking of Trudy as well everytime I wear it. Hugs to Trudy and the family. RIP Gene.
January 9, 2019
I was so sorry to hear of Gene's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of Gene at Olds College and the meat cutting program. I had never seen someone work so hard with so much dedication. He was a great inspiration to me personally and a great friend. When we would gather in the evening and share stories of the day, rarely did a day go by without him telling us about Trudy, Quinton, Brandy or his grandchildren. He was so very proud of them all. May you find comfort in each other and in knowing his love surrounds you always.
January 8, 2019
I didn’t get to meet my uncle, or any uncle from the Rafuse side of the family unfortunately. I always had reservations about doing so for reasons that don’t need mentioning, and for that I apologize. My only memories of this man are my mother always telling me that he is a good man. She always had praise and nothing but good things to say. This gave me a bit of hope and a sense of honour. I am proud to say that even without knowing him, I have chosen a path more alike to his, as a Rafuse.
Thank you for showing me this small glimmer of light, and my condolences to the family.