Gene and Veda Catalano
Veda Kaye Kirby Catalano joined our Heavenly Father on November 23. Continuing a love story of 52 years, Gene Philip Catalano passed away just 13 days later on December 6 to join his beloved wife and their infant son Philip Gene. A self described “army brat” Veda was born in Paris, TX, was raised in Japan and France and graduated from Prince George High School in Virginia. A New Jersey native, Gene was born in Atlantic City and grew up in Wanamassa where he graduated from Asbury Park High School. He holds a Bachelor Degree from Xavier University and graduated from the School of Management at the State University of New York in Buffalo. Their lifelong relationship began in Fort Lee, VA in 1968 while Gene was serving as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army. Gene and Veda married within 6 months of their initial blind date and welcomed their pride and joy and only daughter, Lisa Dawn, in 1970 while living in Buffalo, NY. In 1973 they moved to Plano, Texas where Gene continued his banking career as Vice President and President at Plano Bank & Trust. Gene’s 2011 retirement followed his beloved role as President of North Dallas Bank & Trust for 18 years.
Gene and Veda have been involved in numerous community endeavors over the years. They served jointly on the Board of the American Cancer Society and Gene served as Chairman of the Board of HCA Medical Center of Plano, and on the board of directors at Plano Chamber of Commerce, Plano United Way, Plano Cultural Arts Council, the Library Board of Trustees and was a long time member of the Plano Rotary Club. Gene received the Top Gun award recognizing outstanding and prolonged service to The American Cancer Society. Veda was an active member of The Plano Junior League where she volunteered on many committees.
Gene was an avid golfer since the age of 12. One of his greatest passions was sharing his love of golf with his son-in-law, Brian, grandsons, Hunter and Tyler, and his countless friends. He will be remembered for his kind heart, his giving spirit, and his enduring love for his family, friends and beloved dogs. Veda never missed an opportunity to play bridge, canasta, read and shop. Her fun loving spirit will always be cherished by her many friend groups, especially the Sustainers, the Hoots and her travel buddies.
Gene and Veda are survived by their daughter Dawn (Brian) Tuite and grandsons Hunter Gene and Tyler William Tuite of Greenwood Village, CO, brother Robert Catalano, sisters Diane Catalano Taylor, Connie Kirby Yow and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. They were preceded in death by their son Philip Gene Catalano, parents Eleanor and Felix Catalano, Reba and Darious Kirby and sister Janet Catalano D’Esposito.
A celebration of their lives will be held on January 20, 2021 at 2:00 pm at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Diabetes Association
Celebration of Life
St. Andrews United Methodist Church
Gene and Veda Catalano
Jane Van Atta
December 16, 2020
Gene was the brother I never had. He lived down the street from me and my family, and he was always there for us. If I ever needed a ride, a problem I couldn’t solve, or just a shoulder to cry on, Gene was always there. He was a true gentleman and selfless FRIEND ! He was a treasure! God rest his soul!
December 13, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Both Gene and Veda will be missed. A wonderful couple and a wonderful addition to the Plano community.
Harvey and Gail Wine
December 12, 2020
So sorry to hear about Gene’s passing. So many fond memories of our friendship which began in Little League in 1955. During those early years we were always competitors up to 8th grade when Wanamassa and Oakhurst schools combined mid-year to create Ocean Township Dow Avenue School’s first graduating class of 1958.
We played on Dow’s basketball and baseball teams as teammates for the first time. Always kidded Gene about the heavily padded knee pads he wore (see photo below)…they looked like pillows on him as he was slight in stature but large in competitive spirit as he was always diving all over the floor for loose balls.
Whether a competitor or teammate, Gene was a class act both in and out of the athletic arena. He demonstrated the same competitive qualities and sportsmanship in life which he used to profoundly touch all those fortunate to have known him.
Rest in Peace my friend…
December 12, 2020
Always in my heart dear friend. Sure Bobby was there to meet you. My love and sympathy to Dawn and family.
Diane Catalano Taylor
December 9, 2020
Rest in peace my dear Brother. You will always hold a special place in my heart. My memories of you I will always cherish especially playing tackle in the living room when Mom and Dad were not home and you were in charge. Love Thing
December 8, 2020
Gene and I went all through grammar school and high school together and remained friends all this time.
We were able to get together in Dallas once or twice about 9 years ago when we visit Dallas.
His spirit and memory will live on . May he rest in peace and watch over us all.
December 7, 2020
My goodness, Gene hired me to work at North Dallas Bank, Plano. We worked together for 8 years until he retired in 2008.
We are both military veterans and respected each other for our commitment to the United States.
Gene was a great man with a wonderful past of friendship and leadership. In banking, he was the absolute best boss I ever had. Easy to respect. Easy to be loyal to. Easy to be a friend with.
Great personality. As they say, I don’t think Gene ever met a stranger.
He is missed. God bless you Gene! Go with God! See you when I see you. Go Army! Beat Navy!