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Eugene George Macomber

April 28, 1931 ~ December 5, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Eugene George Macomber, of Hanover, age 92, passed peacefully surrounded by love on December 5, 2023. He was born on April 28, 1931 to Frances and George Macomber, their first of four sons.

Gene is predeceased by his wife Bethel Ann (Buckner) and his brothers Robert and George. He leaves behind his children Marci, Michael, Marco, Matthew, Michelle and Mitchell. Gene also leaves behind his wife Anita and her children Michael, Julie, Joanne and his brother Richard Macomber. He was Papa to 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Gene graduated from Chelsea High in 1949. He attended Drake University in Iowa, along with his lifelong friend, Joe Bevere. There he continued to be a football standout.

Gene served his country with the 45th Infantry Division Company E in Korea. Before he began his life’s work of teaching and coaching Gene was chosen as a 2nd round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers.

Gene was instrumental in organizing the Hanover Youth Athletic Association with Larry Kleine and others. Championship blood ran deep at the youth level setting up success for the Hanover High football program.  Gene excelled at guiding youth both on and off the field. He and his friend Bob Sylvia directed a summer camp, Camelot, providing the youth of Hanover and neighboring towns with fun and educational experiences.

Gene taught physical education and coached offense at Quincy High School. He earned his Masters in Administration at Bridgewater State College. He then moved over to North Quincy acting as Dean of Students and coaching until he retired in 1983.

Gene was inducted into the Chelsea High, Drake University, Quincy, North Quincy Football Halls of fame.

Gene will be remembered for his unwavering dedication and the discipline and humor he used to lead us all to success.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 13, at 11am, in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 17 Church Street, Hanover. Donations in Gene’s memory may be made to: Hanover Youth Athletic Association, PO Box 14, Hanover MA 02339.

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