Rochester, NY – May 19, 2022, at age 86.
Gene Dale DeLorm, 86, of Rochester, New York was welcomed into heaven on May 19th, 2022.
Gene attended North Tonawanda Highschool and participated in football, track, and swimming. He continued his education at Hobart College, where he played football and was inducted into the Hobart Football Hall of Fame. In addition, he served in the United States Army.
Gene was a very active and involved member of the community, serving the American Red Cross for over 34 years, and devoting time to youth swim programs in the Rochester area. Throughout his lifetime he gave of himself endlessly. For many years Gene organized and ran many church and school events. He loved growing his own vegetables and staying active. He frequently attended the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and events at Perinton Recreation Center. Gene’s favorite activities included swimming, dancing, gardening, and pickleball. He cherished spending time with his family and friends.
Gene was a loving and honorable man with great integrity. He was an amazing role model to his children and grandchildren. Gene had an enormous heart and lived selflessly by the motto WWJD. He never forgot a birthday for any of the family, always making them feel special and important. Also, he loved to share his advice and wisdom. Gene left a lasting impression on each person he met, with a smiley face on the palm of his hand and encouraging words. Anyone that knew him has a story to share about Gene, Grandpa Gene, “Big Red,” Big Papa.
Some interesting facts to know about Gene are that he swam across the Niagara River, he worked on the Moon Project as an inspector, he had the longest steel rod in his leg in the City of Rochester and he was only stumped once in his life with a science question. He enjoyed limburger cheese and liverwurst.
Gene Dale is survived by his loving family, sister Susan (Fred) Weaver; his children Michelle DeLorm, Gabrielle (Dr. Aaron) Tressler, Noelle Whiteside, Raphael (Stephanie) DeLorm, Chantal (John) DeLorm- Ferrara, Marcel DeLorm (Ana Sasmiresan); grandchildren Brittany (Mark) LePore, Emily (Jeric) Fry, Heidi Tressler, Sarah Whiteside, Mackenzie (Joe) Leo, Gabrielle DeLorm-Varsi, Sydney Tressler, Luke DeLorm, Aaron Tressler, Isabelle Ferrara, Jessica DeLorm, Juliana Ferrara; great-grandchildren, Jack, Aven, Jericson, Gideon, Reagan; and nieces and nephews.
Gene will be forever cherished and missed. We love you! “3 squeezes!”
A Visitation will be held from 10 am –12pm. followed by memorial celebration from 12pm-1pm on Tuesday, May 24th, at Rochester Cremation, 1118 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14626.