Eugene Edward Broomell
Eugene Edward Broomell
  • April 30, 1922 - January 8, 2016
  • Eustis, Florida

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On January 8, 2016, Eugene Edward Broomell, age 93, of Eustis, Florida, peacefully left this earth and entered our Lord’s loving embrace.

Known as “Pete” throughout his childhood in Atlantic City, New Jersey and “Gene” in his later life. His family and close friends affectionately called him “Pop.”

Gene married his beautiful bride, Gertrude Dykeman of Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada on May 2, 1944. They had been married 62 years when she passed on March 20, 2007.

He is preceded in death by his grandson, Shaun Boyd Broomell , as well as Gene’s siblings: Lawrence , Francis, Joseph, Margaret Scott, John, James, Lillian Klempfner, Elizabeth Bigler, David, Anthony, Albert , Grace Kebbel Broomell.

He is survived by his lovely dance and life partner, Margaret Capehart; two sons, Eugene E. Broomell, Jr., Richard B. Broomell and his two devoted daughters, Donna J. Grant, and Judith A. Broomell Morris; his 11 grandsons; his 11 great-grandchildren; and his one brother, Walter Matthew of Ocean View, New Jersey. He also leaves behind a large extended family and a host of friends.

Gene’s professional pursuits were numerous and interesting. As a child, he worked in an Atlantic City Salt Water Taffy Shop and in his teens, he delivered one of the first singing telegrams for Western Union in Atlantic City; was a photographer’s assistant in a photo booth on the Boardwalk, and delivered milk via horse and wagon. He also assisted his father, Lawrence, at a Weight and Age Guessing Scale on the Boardwalk.

He was a decorated WWII Veteran as a Sergeant with the Army Corps. He served as a weather observer and teletype repairman. He was also a “Kentucky Colonel,” the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky for noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service.

Gene held many positions in his long restaurant career during the 1940’s through the 1970’s, but most notably as Head Waiter at the Mayflower Hotel and subsequently as Maître de’ at Paul Young’s Restaurant, both in Washington, D.C. During this time, Gene rubbed shoulders with U.S. Presidents, other famous politicians, movie stars and the social elite. After moving to Florida, he worked as a U.S. Postal Rural Mail Carrier. He will be remembered fondly for his colorful life stories about this time.

As a member of many clubs including the Treasure Coast Woodcarvers Club, The Elks – Lodge #1578, American Legion, VFW, AMVETS and Loyal Order of Moose, Gene was an avid volunteer.

He had a natural talent for woodworking, carving, creating stained glass and tinkering with old cars. He also dabbled in photography, loved to read, listened to Big Band music and enjoyed Ballroom Dancing. But his favorite pastime was creating wonderful memories with his family and friends.

Gene grew up in an amazing era and lived a full, generous and loving life. His popularity, sense of humor, quick wit and charm were a hit with everyone. He was an amazing mentor and role model and leaves behind a legacy that is valued and cherished by everyone he knew and loved.

“A Celebration of Life Gathering” will be held at a later date for all family and friends.