In Memory of

Eugene

S.

"Gene"

Lane

Obituary for Eugene S. "Gene" Lane

Eugene S. Lane Jr.
August 16, 1946 - April 25, 2024

Affectionately known as "Jinksie"

Winchester, Massachusetts - Eugene S. Lane Jr., a beloved husband, father, and fixture in the community, passed away suddenly on April 25, 2024, at the age of 77.
Born in Winchester, Massachusetts, on August 16, 1946, Gene was the son of the late Florence (Brewster) and Eugene S. Lane Sr. He graduated from Winchester High School as a proud member of the Class of 1964. Eugene's patriotic spirit led him to serve his country in the United States Army, stationed in Europe for 3.5 years.
Upon his return, Eugene followed his passion for helping others by joining the family's funeral home business in Winchester. Gene was immensely proud to carry on the legacy started by his father, Eugene S. Lane Sr., and his uncle, John W. Lane Jr., working alongside his cousin John. For over 50 years, he served as a licensed funeral director at Lane Funeral Home, known for his kindness, compassion, and dedication to comforting grieving families. Families and attendees or services were always relieved to see Gene at the door because he gave them a sense of comfort and security.

Gene was an avid golfer who cherished the camaraderie of taking golf trips with his friends and playing at his beloved Long Meadow Golf Club. He was thrilled to start the new season.

Gene was also a devoted Boston sports fan, particularly passionate about his beloved Red Sox and Bruins. He loved going to games and watching them on TV and then critiquing them over the phone with family members the next day.
Gene was a cherished member of various community organizations, including the Winchester Sons of Italy, the Kiwanis Club, the Winchester Elks, the American Legion, and the Burlington Rotary Club. He cherished the bonds formed with fellow members and the opportunity to give back to his community.

Above all, Gene loved spending time with family and friends. He had a love for dancing and never missed an opportunity to show off his moves, especially to the tunes of Shack, the Bee Gees, and "All Night Long." Never one to miss a party, people lit up when Gene entered the room. You knew you were guaranteed to have a few laughs and a good time. Even if those laughs were at your expense, he’d make you laugh that much harder. Pranks and jokes were abound when Gene was around and a sign of affection for those he cared about. And he was the best at assigning nicknames, whether you liked it or not.

Although Gene left us too soon his last day was one for the books. It was a beautiful spring day and he played 18 holes of golf with friends, he stopped by one of his favorite haunts, Town Pantry and played Keno while enjoying a cigar. After arriving home to a wonderful dinner he then settled into his favorite recliner to watch the NFL draft with Norma and his buddy Marley by his side. He was in his happy place and peaceful.

Gene will be missed by his Beloved wife Norma (Cola) Lane for over 50 years. His Loving children Robert Lane and his wife Laurie of Newton, Michelle Lane Bamford and her husband Andy of Chelmsford, and Eugene “Geno” Lane and wife Karolyn Flaherty of Woburn. Gene was the Cherished Papa of Michael, Alycia, Christina, Ashlyn, Valerie, Stephen, Little Geno, and Kathryn. Devoted brother of Barbara Reed and her late husband “Red”of Burlington, Rose Waszak and her late husband David of Chelmsford, and the late Janice and John Govostes of Winchester. He will be greatly missed by many relatives, nieces, nephews and his dog “Marley”.

Visitation will be held at the Lane Funeral Home, 760 Main St., (Rte. 38) WINCHESTER on Wednesday, May 1st from 4-8pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 155 Washington St., Winchester on Thursday, May 2nd at 10am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester.

Gene’s legacy of kindness, laughter, and compassion will live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have known him. May he rest in peace.