Eugene Love obituary – Newport Daily News

Eugene Love, 77, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, died July 11, 2022 at his home. Eugene was born in Boston, MA on February 19, 1945. He was the son of the late Eugene and Georgina (Burhough) Love. Eugene is survived by his wife Annette (Buonanno) Love. He also leaves a daughter Lisa Bettencourt of Portsmouth, RI.

The Love family moved to Portsmouth in 1951 where they moved to the Brown House on Glenn Farm. As a young man, Gene worked with his father on the family’s lobster and scallop boats and developed a fondness for boating and the sea. 1962 America’s Cup races at Newport. Gene joined the Navy in 1963 and proudly served his country. He began work on the construction of the Newport Bridge working with the dive team and operating underwater camera equipment. He participated in the 50th anniversary celebration of the construction of the bridge and was featured in the PBS documentary highlighting the construction of the iconic Newport Bridge. After his deck experience, Gene went on to work in the marine construction industry in New York and New Jersey for Perini, Weeks, and Chavone & Buckley Construction Companies. He then set up his own business in Portsmouth as owner and operator of Old Colony Oil and Old Colony Engineering for 25 years until his retirement.

Gene was very active in his community and served on many committees over the years to benefit the town he loved. He was particularly proud of his involvement in the initial development of Melville Campground. He had also been a strong advocate for the construction of the new high school gymnasium. Gene was a very proud Navy veteran, member of the VFW and disabled American veteran.

His services were private.

Donations in Gene’s memory may be made to the Disabled American Veteran’s, Wounded Worriers Project or the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

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Posted July 23, 2022

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