Eugene Joseph O’Meara, known as ‘Rusty’ to his friends, passed away September 9th, at home in Kent with his family by his side.
He was born March 20, 1931 in Norwalk, Connecticut and relocated to Kent in 1942 where he attended the Kent Center School and the Housatonic Valley Regional High School graduating in 1949.
In 1947 he began a long seasonal association with Camp Po-ne-mah, a summer boarding camp for girls located in Kent. He attended Fairfield University and graduated with a bachelors degree in Economics in 1954. In the late 1950’s he travelled to Europe crossing the Atlantic several times on ocean liners of the United States Lines. In 1960 he went to Spain to study Spanish in Madrid which would spark a life long love of Hispanic culture.
In 1961 he landed a position in the International Division of the Irving Trust Company, a bank in New York City. He returned to Kent in 1966 and entered local politics being elected First Selectman for six consecutive terms serving from 1969 to 1981.
He married Ruth Gonzalez in New York City on January 24, 1970. Three children would follow. After politics he put together a team of engineers and technicians focusing his efforts on a high tech start-up that made specialized machines for pharmaceutical research applications. The company was sold in 1995 after which he retired.
Rusty’s great passions in life were gardening, practicing his Spanish, taking long walks, reading, travel and being the best husband, father, and Catholic that God gave him the strength to be.
He is predeceased by his sister, Sister Mary Constance O’Meara RSM, and survived by his wife Ruth Gonzalez O’Meara, son Christopher, daughters Karina and Sarah, son-in-law Samir Lone and granddaughter Saffia Lone.
A funeral service will be held at 11 AM, this Saturday September 12th at Sacred Heart Church, 17 Bridge Street/Route 341, Kent, CT 06757. A reception will follow across the street at the parish house of St. Andrew’s Church. Burial will be privately held.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Kent Community Fund, PO Box 262, Kent, CT 06757.
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