Gene J. Abate, 61, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2020 at his home in Dayton, NJ.
He was born in New Brunswick, grew up in North Brunswick, and spent most of his life in South Brunswick. He graduated from North Brunswick Township High School in 1977 and attended Glassboro State College. Throughout his life, he held earlier positions at Paris Auto and IBM, but spent the majority of his career with FedEx before his retirement in 2016. He was an avid New York Giants and Yankees fan, and Rutgers University sports fan. He was also a member of the Garden State Chapter and Jersey Shore Chapter of the BCCA (Brewery Collectibles Club of America) and the NABA (National Association of Breweriana Advertising).
Gene is predeceased by his mother, Janet (Thompson) Abate, and wife, Charlene Ann (Kish) Abate. He is survived by his father, Phil Abate, children, Jacqueline and Jeffrey, brother and sister-in-law Tod and Lori Abate; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Terri and Jay Tomaszewski and their children Courtney and Daniel; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Richard and Gail Kish and their daughter Kristen. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as his dog, Riley.
Visitation and funeral service will be private with family invitation only due to COVID-19 restrictions. Burial will be open to all, held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 28, 2020 at Holy Cross Burial Park, 840 Cranbury South River Rd., South Brunswick.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org
Arrangements are under the direction of M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, Monmouth Junction.