Wilbert E. (Gene) Nead, 87, South Windsor, Conn passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Crestfield Rehabilitation Center. He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy E. (Brooks) Nead. Gene was born October 6, 1932 to his parents, the late Wilbert A. and Jessie (Stevens) Nead, in Williamsburg, PA.
Gene graduated from technical school as a heavy equipment operator after serving 7 years in the US Navy. He was especially proud of his time aboard the USS Intrepid.
Gene was a 32 degree Master Mason, 2 times Past Master of Friendship Tuscan Lodge 145 AF&AM and Past Master of Oriental Lodge 111 AF&AM. He was also a member of Sphinx Temple, Omar Shrine Club, Shrine Funsters Clown Unit, Royal Arch Mason, Hartford Evergreen Lodge 88 AF&AM, Wolcott Council No 1 R&SM, Valley of Norwich Scottish Rite, Washington Commandery 1, Knights Templar, Blue Lodge Council, Washington Loyal Orange Lodge 117, Order of Eastern Star, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Auxiliary Member VFW, Washington Social Club, Manchester Elks Lodge 1893, British American Club, and the Army Navy Club and 2nd Congregational Church.
Along with his wife and parents, Gene was predeceased by his siblings: Betty (Nead) Isenberg, Beverly M. (Nead) Beach, George W. Nead, and Darlene L. (Nead) Fonner. He is survived by his three children Alice Clifford of Vernon, Conn., Charles and wife Claudia Scheuten-Nead, of Panama City Beach, Fla, and Barbara Hanson and husband, Daniel, of South Windsor, Conn. A son-in-law, James Clifford of Vernon, Conn., four grandchildren Lt. Col Christopher Hanson and wife, Jennifer, of Springfield, VA, Danielle Hanson of Frisco, TX, Elora-danon Duda and husband Adam, Ashland, MA, and Cassidy Hanson of South Windsor, Conn.; and a great-grandson, Alexander Hanson; and a brother Robert, Altoona, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, https://donate.lovetotherescue.org.
Calling Hours will be held Monday, January 13, 2020 from 5:00-7:00pm, at Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester, CT 06040. The Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am, Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at East Cemetery, Manchester, CT.
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