Windsor, Vt — Eugene Holzwarth (Gene) of Windsor, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, after a long, courageous battle with a rare form of dementia. Gene was born in Teaneck, N.J. on Dec. 23, 1943, the son of Mary Veronica (Frazer) and Francis Carl Holzwarth and grew up in Hackensack, N.J.
As a teenager, Gene enjoyed traveling to New Hampshire in the summer and sailing his small sailboat around Canobie Lake. He loved making miniatures of boats and trains. His interest in antique cars started when he was sixteen and purchased his 1928 model A Ford with a rumble seat. He was a starting player for the Hackensack football team and ran track and field.
After graduating from Hackensack High School he headed to Lyndon State College in his Model A. There he met his future wife Joanie. After graduation from college, he taught in Hancock, Vt., for two years before moving to Windsor. He then continued his teaching career at Hartland Elementary in Hartland, Vt. where he was known as Mr. H. He retired from Hartland in 2005 after 36 years of teaching, coaching, and advising students. He loved those Hartland students and thought they were the best.
He continued to have many interests outside of school, restoring the 1840’s family home, antique cars and wooden works clocks. He and Joanie traveled to Australia in 1988 for the Castrol World Rally, to London in 1996 for the London to Brighton Run, and again to Tasmania in 2004 for a tour around “that land down under, down under.”
He is survived by his wife, Joanie (Pond); his son, Tim and grandson, Jacob, his son, Christopher and wife, Elizabeth and grandchildren, Madison and Aaron of Windsor; his daughter, Tamara and her husband, Ruben and grandchildren Katherine, Augusta, and Asia of Cataumet, Mass.; and his sister, Marie and her husband, Carl Kenny Roberts and nephew, Carl Roberts of Elmwood Park, N.J. He was very proud of his family and their many accomplishments.
A spring memorial is being planned. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, please give to your favorite charity.