Eugene Arthur Dion

July 30, 1935December 27, 2018

Eugene “Gene” A. Dion, 83, of East Hartford, loving husband of 58 years of Huguette “Hugie” (Perreault) Dion, embraced the arms of Our Lord on Thursday, December 27, 2018.

Born in Fall River, MA on July 30, 1935, a son of the late Emile J. and Blanche Alice (Levesque) Dion, he had been a resident of East Hartford for the past 61 years. Prior to his retirement, Gene was employed for 40 years by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, East Hartford, retiring as an Electronic Engineer. A devout Catholic, Gene was a longtime faithful communicant of Our Lady of Peace Church, East Harford. After his retirement from Pratt & Whitney, Gene was a Director for 17 years of the Charismatic Renewal for the Archdiocese of Hartford. Gene liked golfing and working outside in his yard and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and New York Giants. Most of all, Gene was a devoted husband, father, and proud grandfather who enjoyed watching his grandchildren.

In addition to his beloved wife, Gene is survived by three sons, Steven Dion of New Britain, John Dion and his wife, Debra, of Colchester, James Dion and his wife, Michelle, of South Windsor; three daughters, Anne Dion of Manchester, Alice Ivy and her husband, Michael, of Guilford, Carol Mawhinney and her husband, David, of Old Saybrook; a brother, Edmund Dion of Middletown; thirteen cherished grandchildren, Paul Lapinski and his wife, Meagan, of Coventry, Laura Ivy, Julianne Ivy, John Ivy, and Metages Ivy all of Guilford, Jesse Dion, Dale Dion, and Derek Dion all of Colchester, Jack Mawhinney, Sean Mawhinney, and Jason Mawhinney all of Old Saybrook, Tyler Dion and Matthew Dion both of South Windsor; many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Funeral service will be Monday (December 31st) with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 am at Our Lady of Peace Church of St. Edmund Campion Parish, 370 May Road, East Hartford. (The Dion family has asked that everyone please go directly to the church on Monday morning). Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, (Section 2), Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury. Gene’s family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday (December 30th) from 2 – 5 pm at the D’ESOPO-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Eugene’s name may be made to St. Edmund Campion Parish, 538 Brewer Street, East Hartford, CT 06118. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit


  • Public Visitation Sunday, December 30, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, December 31, 2018

Eugene Arthur Dion

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sheila ward

December 30, 2018

My dear good friend, I’m going to miss you and our talks on God’s Will and living the Gospel. May God speed you, my good friend, into His Heavenly Kingdom. Love you in Jesus and Mary. Amen.

Michael Ettlemyer

December 29, 2018

We are very sorry to learn of Gene's passing. Though we only met a few times at family celebrations, through his daughter Carol and son-in-law David, I always found him to be a wonderful person -- always friendly with words of encouragement, and a great sense of humor. He will be missed.

Betsy Fox

December 29, 2018

Dear Hugie & Family
Sincerest sympathy to you on your great loss of Gene.
He was a wonderful person and
We know God welcomed Gene with
A smile and a hug.
God’s peace be to your family during
This very sorrowful time.
Betsy Fox & Family

Linda Gustafson

December 28, 2018

I will always treasure and remember being greeted by you with a hug and smile at Saint Thomas healing service. You were such a blessing to all you came in contact with.
May you rest in peace.