Brent A Genovese
November 21, 1958 – December 12, 2018
Brent A Genovese, 60, of Apopka, FL, passed away on Dec. 12, 2018. He was born in North Haven, CT on Nov. 21, 1958. Brent graduated (barely) from North Haven High School in 1976, but went on to graduate cum laude with a BS from Northeastern and an Executive MBA from UConn. He served proudly in the United States Marine Corps and Reserves for 13 years.
Brent had a long and successful career in commercial real estate with Cigna, Gartner, General Electric, and most recently with Veritas Technologies where he was Senior Director of Workplace Services. He impacted lives and mentored many. He had a grizzly exterior but the heart of a teddy bear.
Brent had two goals in life: see the world and better his brothers.
• He was a loyal brother who wanted to be remembered as having bettered his brothers…. Something he didn’t quite achieve, but he did equal them at best.
• Brent did a good job at seeing the world; he visited 48 states, 6 continents and too many countries and islands to count. His love for travel was equaled by his care and concern for children and families in need, where he and his wife Sherry partnered in providing essentials and holiday gifts to many organizations, both in CT and FL.
Brent found joy in sharing Walt Disney World with family and friends over the years as often as he could. He was a child at heart and loved to bounce with Tigger. He had two favorite sayings; “The best of life is lived as a child!” and “Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional”.
Brent had a special place, in Pittsford, VT, where he went to re-energize, hunt with extended family and make memories. He took pride in the cabin he built along with friends and family. He enjoyed competing to see who could find the most shooting stars and/or satellites.
He also had a passion for writing short stories, decorating cakes and his most well know claim to fame, Easter egg hunts his wife and him held for family and friends for over 25 years (filling 4,000 plastic Easter eggs each year). He also was very competitive and always tried to beat his family at Scrabble and Jeopardy.
Brent was preceded in death by his father, James (Jake) Genovese. He is survived by his incredible and loving wife Sherry (Monteiro) Genovese; son Ryan Monteiro; mother Donna (Rehkop) Genovese; sister, Pamela Genovese, brothers: James Genovese and his wife Janine: Mark Genovese and his wife Caren: Andrew Genovese and his wife Laura. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Jackie Monteiro and significant other Joseph Berry: father-in-law, Bill Monteiro and his wife Maria: sister-in-laws: Natalie Kocor and Sue Monteiro: brother-in-law, John Monteiro and his wife Victoria: aunt, Angela Genovese; uncle, Chuck Genovese and by 8 nieces, 4 nephews, 2 grand nieces, 3 grandnephews and by many cousins, other family members and friends, special to him. Brent also had his faithful dog companions, Jester, Kanga and currently Peanut, to name a few.
A Celebration of Brent’s Life will be held at a later date in Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to Cornerstone Hospice Foundation (donate.cshospice.org).
Brent was preceded in death by his father, James (Jake) Genovese.
He is survived by his incredible and loving wife Sherry (Monteiro) Genovese; son Ryan Monteiro; mother Donna (Rehkop) Genovese; sister, Pamela Genovese, brothers: James Genovese and his wife Janine: Mark Genovese and his wife Caren: Andrew Genovese and his wife Laura. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Jackie Monteiro and significant other Joseph Berry: father-in-law, Bill Monteiro and his wife Maria: sister-in-laws: Natalie Kocor and Sue Monteiro: brother-in-law, John Monteiro and his wife Victoria: aunt, Angela Genovese; uncle, Chuck Genovese and by 8 nieces, 4 nephews, 2 grand nieces, 3 grandnephews and by many cousins, other family members and friends, special to him. Brent also had his faithful dog companions, Jester, Kanga and currently Peanut, to name a few.
- Services will be held in the spring of 2019
Brent A Genovese
January 4, 2019
Brent was my cousin, being as shy as i was, and still am, my memories of Brent are Christmas time when he would teach me what humor was. With the way he would tease with my dad , something we never did. He was such a comic, but such courage around my dad, he would just be Brent. The world meeds more Brents, it certainly would be a better place.
December 30, 2018
Dear Genovese Family, I was extremely sad to learn of Brent’s passing. I think that Andy’s memory sums it all up nicely of what our childhood was like living diagonally across the street on Mill Road. Such shenanigans, never a dull moment , lol! though a GREAT family nonetheless ...such fond Memories of simpler times, the river, the cemetery, the woods with path through your backyard, such fun times! Loved Angelos pizza too! As My brother, Richard, worked there for years. Finding out it’s a real small world, last year uncovering at football that Melissa Thompson is Pam’s daughter and Paula used to babysit for her which kind of reminds me of my age; yikes!! And more recently, Nuala Christ and Kara Contaras are great friends of Sherry and Brent, both friends I met at The Hartford. They both have shared such wonderful stories about Brent and also all the charitable activities he was part of. Sounds like such a wonderful man, No surprise he is missed by so many. Hope To see you all in the spring to celebrate what a great life he lived, even though cut way too short, wishing you all love and strength to move forward...love your “neighbor” and friend, Cara
December 25, 2018
May you Rest In Peace with your dad Jake my cousin. Even though I did not see you since we were kids, I kept up with your life through my mom and then Gail. I hope and pray we will meet up there as I am trying.
December 20, 2018
I had the honor and the privilege of being Mr. Genovese Hospice nurse. He was under our hospice care services for a short period of time. My condolences to his family, particularly to his devoted wife, she stood by his side all the way, all the time till the end. Thanks again for the HONOR. God Bless.
December 18, 2018
I am so sorry to hear about Brent. We worked together in GE for many years. He was most definitely " a grizzly bear with a teddy bear heart" and was one of the nicest people you could possibly work with.
Brent always saw the good in people, was always fair and left a positive impression on those he encountered. It was privilege to meet and work with him, he will be sorely missed.
With sincere condolences, love and prayers to all of Brent's family and friends at this difficult time.
December 16, 2018
It all started with the laundry shute, m80 under daddy's work truck, rocking statues in the cemetery, tying me up in the cornfield so Ralph could scare the daylights out of me. Shooting over my head to get others off our rope swing over muddy river. Sending Angelos Pizza to me while serving in Desert Storm; truly a taste of home. Making sure my family's business was successful or least able to support my family. Lastly my journey with George to spend time with you, if only for a limited time, was every minute worth it. Yes! You were still GREAT company. I will always kiss my horse and wipe the slobber off my dog's face, because I always looked up to you; my sister Pamela,and brothers Jimmy and Mark. love you miss you. Now you and Daddy can pitch horseshoes forever.
December 16, 2018
UB “you rock” your best friend in high school was my uncle George from then I assume you made friends with all the Glenn kids. Which one happened to be my mom Robbin. From that point in your life graduating high school in 1976 Who would have guessed you would have had the impact on me,not even born until 1985 but you did. Personally I don’t remember but hear stories of me setting the rain drops free “ jumping In puddles” in my grand parents drive way around the corner from your house. Riding on the hood of your pick up I was probably age 10 goin back to 20 Glenn Rd ( Nana & Poppy’s). I worked hand and hand helping framing and putting the roof on the cabin. The Cabin which made to many memories to count from hiking-hunting and general Tom foolery- I have the only page of shame in the cabin story book. Never lived that down forgetting to write in the book on a visit was a big no-no. The page is signed by my now wife and best friends. Sharing the cabin with me for several years and probably 30 trips with friends and family was a blessing. My daughter absolutely adored Uncle Brent with breakfast at Chips and the mess you two made to her first trip to Disney, every picture is “look look Uncle Brent n Aunt Sherry” I was so happy to bounce with you and Tigger at Disney and skipping through Epcot holding hands.
So uncle Brent “YOU ROCK”
December 16, 2018
Brent was called by his Maker far too soon for all of us that befriended him. There will never be another one like him, genuine to the core, terribly talented and gifted in all that he touched. A lover of animals and people, he cared deeply for those that were in need. He shall forever be a shining example of what we all strive to be in life. His time here was too short but the impact he made on all that have crossed his path will live on forever.
Thank you for the pleasure and privilege to have known you and to have been a small part of your life. Till we again, my friend, Michael
December 16, 2018
I met Brent at one of their infamous Easter Egg hunts at their home in Connecticut. It was a perfect Spring day for it. Brent walked around marshalling the troops to get everything set up efficiently no detail too small. Once the children started to arrive, you could see Brent in his element. His generosity and joy for the children were amazing to see.
i was humbled that day watching the love and fun.
There are not enough words to give his beautiful wife Sherry and family. Only hugs