Eugene R. Heath, 84, of Union Springs passed away at home surrounded by his family and friends on Friday, January 31, 2020. Mr. Heath was born in Auburn on Dec. 14, 1935, to the late Earl J. and Mary Etta Ramsey Heath. Eugene was a partner in Ward an Heath Tree Service for many years, and retired from Alco in 1993. After retiring, he went on to drive truck for Dickman Farms. Gene was a Mason and a lifetime member of the Utopia Club. Mr. Heath enjoyed playing cards, gardening and was an avid birdwatcher, he was even able to train the bluebirds. He had a love of all animals, over the years he took in over 100 stray cats. Gene and his wife Shirley enjoyed going to the Finger Lakes mall several times a week, and made many special friends there.
Eugene is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Shirley Schryver Heath; children, Dawn (Larry) Whitcomb, Douglas Heath, Edward Heath and Terri (Paul) Antoniewicz; grandchildren; Nichole (Joe) Wager, Jennifer (TJ) Johnson, Alicia Conboy, Debra (Craig) Williams, Nathan (Jeanette) Whitcomb, Timothy (Anne Marie) Whitcomb, Philip (Caitlin)Whitcomb, Joel Whitcomb, Andrea Antoniewicz and Jade
Hotchkiss; great grandchildren, Finn & Cooper Wager, Sydney& Donovan Johnson, Ariana Heath, Caitlin & Nathan Conboy, Zyair and Moneia Reid -Yancey, Brandon Whitcomb, Andrew and Kyle Rothenburg; sister-in-law, Sally Heath; several nieces and nephews and a special friend Tina Potter and
family. In addition to his parents, Gene was predeceased by his siblings Earl, Stanley, Donald, John, Virginia, Genevieve, and Ina (James); granddaughter, Erin Michelle Whitcomb. The Heath family would like to thank Erica, Jolene and Denise from Lifetime Care and the Hospice team for the wonderful, compassionate care they provided to Gene.
A memorial service will be held at White Chapel Funeral Home 197 South St. Auburn on Saturday, Feb. 8th at 1:30pm with Howard Haines officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the SPCA, St. Jude's Children's Hospital or the Shriners Hospital for Children.