Eugene H. "Gene" Witham, 53, of Derry, N.H. died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 at his home, following a brief illness.
Gene was born in Woburn, Mass. on March 5, 1956, son of the late Stanley and Helen (Smith) Witham. He was raised and educated in Wilmington, Mass. He had resided in Derry for the past 13 years, formerly living in Lowell, Mass.
He was employed in sales for the J.J. Nissen Co. in Hooksett, N.H. for 23 years. Gene was an avid Nascar fan and enjoyed fishing and swimming in the Pacific Ocean. He also enjoyed taking trips to Foxwoods Casino.
He is survived by his wife, Lynn M. (Dumont) Witham of Derry; eight stepchildren, Leslie Crepeau of Plaistow, N.H., Victoria Inglis of Tyngsboro, Mass., John Dumas of Lowell, Maureen Baptista of Salem, N.H., Daureen Klimkofski of Sandown, N.H., Mark Ortiz, Jessica Ortiz and Timothy Ortiz, all of Lowell; many grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Janet Hawes of Tigard, Ore., Dale Kleynen and her husband Artie of Derry, Beverly Downs and her husband Bill of Lowell; one brother, Tracy Witham of Lawrence, Mass; as well as many nieces and nephews. Gene was predeceased by his brother, Stanley Witham, in 1967.
ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Gary Andy, Chaplain of the Manchester VNA to officiate. Cremation will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01710. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com.