Eugene was a staple in the local theater scene. In the past year since I’ve started acting again, Eugene has been a part of every production I’ve done, taping performances for Confetti Stage, the RPI Players’, Schenectady Civic, and various other groups around the area. He was also an actor himself and producer for the RPI Players.
Unfortunately I never got to know Eugene too well on a personal level. My dealings with him were always on the surface level, and as such I can only speak on that. He always seemed to me to be an energetic, vibrant, and enthusiastic contributor to the scene. I liked Eugene. We always got along well enough, and I even helped him unload equipment after he taped the second weekend of the Short Play Festival this past Thursday. He was in good spirits and seemed in good health, which makes his death even more of a shock.
But such is the nature of these sort of passings. We rarely see it coming.
My deepest condolences to his family and friends in what must be a very trying time.