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Eugene Christmann III

September 3, 1947 - July 22, 2020

Eugene Christmann III, age 72, of Newark, DE for 67 years, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at Select Specialty Hospital in Wilmington, DE.

Born in Brooklyn, NY on September 3, 1947, he was a son of the late Eugene and Harriet (Reimers) Christmann, Jr. Eugene graduated from Christiana High School in 1965 where he was a high school athlete and played baseball and basketball. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1966 during the Vietnam War and served on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tanager.

Eugene started his working career as a Wilmington Police Officer and subsequently became a Newark Police Officer. He left the police force after four years and started his own business doing home improvements. Eugene later transitioned his business into roofing and asphalt. He then worked various jobs in security, paving and sales. For the past twelve years, Eugene volunteered and then worked part time for Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder in Newark, DE, as a first responder and ambulance driver.

In addition to his twelve-year membership with Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder, he was also a member of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) as well as a volunteer EMT with Right Coast Pro Wrestling, where they added a second star to their logo in honor and memory of Eugene.

A dedicated family man, Eugene was completely devoted to his wife and two boys. He and his son, Jamie, had a particularly strong bond. In his spare time, Eugene enjoyed golfing, going to auctions, yard work and working with his hands. Known for his great sense of humor, he was liked by all and had many friends, including his weekly Sunday Morning Breakfast Group.

In addition to his parents, Eugene was preceded in death by his son, Eugene Scott “Chris” Christmann. He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Gail (Hunsinger) Christmann, with whom he would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 1st; son, Jamie Christmann; and brother, Jon Christmann of Timonium, MD.

All services will be held privately, with a memorial service to be scheduled once it is safe to congregate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eugene’s memory to Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder, P.O. Box 148, Newark, DE 19715.

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  • Dear Gail and Jamie,
    We are so grieved at Gene’s death. We both know that sorrow so deeply. We followed his Covid journey on Facebook and prayed for his healing. We know life will be very difficult without him. Praying for your strength to continue.
    We love you,
    Jehu and Patty Burton

  • Gail, Jon and Jamie, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Eugene was so charming and funny.

  • My sympathy to Genes Family. So sorry to hear about my old friends passing. Clyde Locker

  • Jamie we are so sorry to hear about your dad. You and your mom are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • You are finally at peace. Rest well my brother.

  • Gail have have had you all in my thoughts and prayers. And I will continue to do so. Gene was a great man and friend. I will always remember his smile and laugh. And I hold the cruise memories with you guys dear to me. Remember your never alone you have lots of us that will always be here for you

  • Praying for your comfort and peace.

  • GAIL,JAMIE,JON: We at Aetna will miss his always smiling face and his ready humor. Knowing him for the time he was
    at Aetna made it a pleasure to be here. My prayers are with all of you. God Bless You

  • God Bless, Gene. We’ll all miss your smile and wit around the station.

  • Jon, thinking and praying for you, Gail and Jamie during this really sad time. May the many happy memories of times with Eugene keep you going over the coming weeks and months. Our deepest sympathies..

  • So very sad to lose a great friend and person. His loss will be keenly felt. Condolences to his family.
    Sam Palermo

  • To Gail and Jamie,

    Our thoughts are with you both!! Gene was an amazing person and we were both so lucky to know him.

    Love
    Gina and Nick Pedicone

  • Gail & Jamie I know what it is to lose the love of your life. He was such a great guy I enjoyed my time with him as a neighbor and friend. He will be missed. Remember the good times and he will always be with you. Our prayers and best wishes always Jack & Joan.

  • Gail, Jamie and Jon,
    The world has lost a beautiful soul. I know how heavy with grief your hearts are. My love to all of you,
    Jill Williams-Hall

  • My sympathy to Gene’s family. I graduated with Gene back in the good old days and know he was a really great person. Words fail me, but know I am so sorry for your loss. I know Gene will be missed by all who knew him.

  • Dear Gail and Family, Sending deepest sympathy and condolences to you during this difficult time of sorrow. As one of his classmates, Gene always had a smile for everyone and a wonderful sense of humor. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers

  • Mrs. Christmann: I was saddened to hear about Gene’s passing. We played softball on the Fraternal Order of Police and Goodchild’s softball teams in Newark in the 1970s. His positive attitude, great smile, personality, and sense of humor were enjoyed by his teamates. And he was a hell-of-a-good ball player. My thought and prayers are with you.

  • Jon,
    So very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you 💔😇

  • Dear Gail and Jamie, I am so sorry to hear about Gene. From the Newark Police Department to painting, roofing, paving and Baseball Card shop, he was my good friend. So many stories to tell. I will miss him greatly. Love to both of you and God Bless. Ralph

  • Jon

    So sorry to hear of your brothers passing. I remember him paving my parents driveway many years ago. May you find comfort in Gods grace.

  • What can we say. As It has been said so many times already, we are so sorry for your loss. The Christman family has been a large positive influence on our life. With much hope that we can continue to have more wonderful memories. With Gene’s memory with us. We love you guy’s and pray the Lord will get thru this difficult time.

  • Gail and Jamie,
    We are so sad over the passing of Gene. He was truly one of the nicest people we have ever met. Your family means so much to us and Gene will be missed by so many! Gene had a great sense of humor and his love for you both was amazing. We are thinking of you both and praying for you.
    Love,
    Krissy, Chris and CJ

  • Learned a lot from him thanks John

  • Christmann Family: I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Gene had passed away. We worked together at WPD and I would see him from time to time while he was at Newark PD. We also saw each other at many auctions and yard sales. He was a great guy. May God give strength to your entire family during this difficult time.

  • Prayers for all the Christmann family. Gene was a good friend for many years.My heart is sad.

  • I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He gave a courageous fight. My last memory of him was laughing at something he said. I’ll always remember him with a smile.

  • Gene will be missed as a dear friend & coworker. Our prayers & thoughts go to Gail, Jamie & Jon.

  • Worked with Gene when he was in the construction industry. He was always a gentleman and a pleasure to deal with.

  • May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together.

  • Dear Gail and Jamie,
    Thinking of you and prayibg for you during this very difficult sad time. Thankful that I was able to connect with Gene at gatherings.
    Love, The Isetts.

  • Please accept my sincere sympathy. Gene and George Sr. were always up to something in their youth. God Bless Gene and his extended family

  • I am so sorry to hear the passing of Gene. My thoughts and prayers to his family and may they find comfort in the wonderful memories they had while he shared his life with them.

  • To the Christmann family:
    Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Gene and Jon were our next door neighbors and friends in Brookside. I remember fondly those days of our youth. Skip kept us up to date on Gene’s couagious fight to beat the virus. We prayed that he would pull through. But the Lord called, and Gene answered. May you find peace in the happy memories of Gene and his time well spent on this earth.
    God bless you all.

  • I first met Gene at an auction many years ago. From watching him move about, laughing and bidding, it became apparent that this was a person who should be a friend in my life. My goal was to get to know him. Good decision. Over the years a group of us have had so many enjoyable moments at the auction lunch room solving world problems, telling jokes and talking and laughing. Gene was very mysterious. He would be there and suddenly he was gone. On many occasions he would asked me to bid on something for him in case he did not return on time. He must not have respected my bidding skills, 99% of the time he returned just seconds before his item of interest was offered for sale. Each time I saw Gene my question to him was where is Uncle Billy? It could be 2:00 pm and Gene would grin and say we were suppose to meet for breakfast at eight, but I haven’t seen him yet. These two friends had a wonderful relationship and I know he will be missed by Bill, as well as my all who had the privilege of knowing him. So long Gene and thanks for your friendship.

  • What an awesome person to be around. Gene had a Great sense of humor and was a very good horseshoe player. I only knew Gene for 6 years but will never forget him and will miss him much. So sorry for your loss Jamie

  • So very sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. Gene and I went to school together and played sports going back to elementary school. He was such a positive and upbeat person and a great teammate.
    Dave Taylor
    CHS ’65

  • My sincere condolences to the Christman family. Gene was a fantastic man and always fun to be around. I have know him for 54 yrs and was always happy to cross paths thru our lives, what a wonderful man to have been friends with. He will be missed by so many.

  • I will never forget all the fun times we’ve had over the year’s. You are truly missed by MANY​. You and your family are exceptional be people and I love you ALL!

  • REST IN PEACE
    The world has lost a beautiful soul
    Gene was a wonderful friend,he will be missed