Eugene "Geno"'s Story

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Eugene “Geno” A. Marresse, 78, of West Boxford, departed from this life at Sutton Hill Nursing Center in North Andover on July 12, 2017 after a period of declining health.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 55 years, Susan P. Marresse; sons Andrew D. Marresse of West Boxford and Douglas J. Marresse and his spouse, Edward J. Fisher
of Yardley, Pa.; brother, Andrew Marresse and wife, Joan of Saco, Maine; granddaughter, Alma Marresse of West Boxford; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his best friend, Jack Mullins.
Eugene was born in Lawrence, son of the late Andrew and Marie Marresse. He was a graduate of Lawrence High School and graduated from Barber College in Boston. He also served in the United States Army and was currently a Master Mason with the Freemason Lodge of Mount Carmel A.F. & A.M. of Lynn for the past 23 years. Eugene was the owner of Georgetown Barbers for 52 years. Throughout his career, he gave generously, especially to any member of law enforcement or the military free of charge while they attended academy training. His shop was dubbed “The Shrine” by the Georgetown Police Department because the shop’s walls were covered with military and law enforcement memorabilia. He gave haircuts to local law enforcement, State Police, the Marines and Armed Services. They got much more than a haircut – his shop was a place to congregate and engage in lively conversation and constant humor – it was a true haven. If customers went in sad or grumpy, they came out smiling or laughing because Eugene was a master joke teller and story regaler.

He had a brilliant mind and was an avid reader with a photographic memory. He also loved to read the Merck Manual and would try to educate family members on the systems of the human body while their eyes glazed over! He enjoyed taking very long walks and loved lighthouses and all things nautical; he was a self-taught master of nautical knot tying, and built beautiful model size sailing ships with intricately tied rigging, sails, and masts from nothing but a block of wood and special string.

Eugene was a devoted family man and always made sure that his loved ones and his home were well taken care of. He was instrumental in bringing about the establishment and yearly upkeep of the Boxford Town Beach volunteering numerous hours and resources over many years for the pleasure and betterment of his community.

His family is deeply grateful to the staff at Sutton Hill for the wonderful care, compassion, and love that was showered upon Eugene during his stay there. They also wish to send a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Compassus Hospice for their care in making his final days more peaceful and comfortable.
Visitation will be held Thursday, July 20, in the Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 So. Main Street, Haverhill, from 4 to 7 p.m. Catholic Funeral Rites will be offered at 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Eugene’s memory to The Wounded Warrior Project, 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202, Cambridge, MA 02140 or to the Masonic Education and Charity Trust, 186 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111. For online guestbook, please visit www.driscollcares.com.
Published on  July 15, 2017
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