The epitome of a mensch, everyone who knew Gene instantly felt the impact of his love, zest for life, and generous heart. His compassion for humanity was unparalleled. Gene was born on May 2, 1935, in Hartford and graduated from Buckley High School. Gene was a lover of cards and all sports. He was an avid tennis player and was known to be extremely competitive in all aspects of his life. 

Gene came from humble beginnings starting his furniture career as a bookkeeper earning $40 a week. Over the years he built an empire that has employed thousands of people over many decades, including Planned Furniture Promotions with partner and lifelong friend Paul Cohen. He also co-founded Bob’s Discount Furniture with his cousin, Bob Kaufman. Gene was inducted into the American Furnishings Hall of Fame in 2013. He was a serial entrepreneur, involved in many businesses including a partnership with his son in law, Mickey Toro, at CTEC Solar. Gene has mentored and helped thousands of individuals and their families. He has served on numerous boards and was a lifelong member of Congregation Beth Israel.  Gene was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He had a very special bond with the many Rabbis of Chabad House, especially Rabbi Gopin. His legacy for compassion, empathy, and business acumen will live on with his family and the people he has mentored along the way. He had an unmatched willingness to care for others without judgment. He will forever be known as “The Godfather,” a mentor and friend to many.