R.I.P. : Armando ‘Gene’ Ferrari: engineer, musician, artist, volunteer

Gene Ferrari
Gene Ferrari


Armando “Gene” Ferrari , 88, passed peacefully on Aug. 23, 2018, with his family at his side.

Born in Michigan to Guy Ferrari, an immigrant from Italy, and Josephine Klancnik, the family moved when he was just a toddler to southern Illinois where he grew up.

Gene Ferrari stayed in the area for his undergraduate education earning his degree from the University of Chicago. He went on to earn his Masters in Mathematics from Temple University while working at the Western Electric Engineering Research Center in Princeton where his career began. 

Ferrari demonstrated his intellect and innovation prowess with the award of two patents in 1968 and 1969 for his work on wire coatings and insulation. He moved to Baltimore after completing a Western Electric Executive Training Program for which he was chosen.

His distinguished career of over 35 years included roles as the Manager of the Western Electric Corporate Data Center and Plant Comptroller. Ferrari served on two international organization tasks forces – first for Western Electric, and then for AT&T. His contributions led to the formation of AT&T International and his position as Director of International Engineering for AT&T from which he retired.

A true renaissance man, Ferrari was an accomplished pianist and loved to play the music of Scott Joplin. He worked on several musical compositions as tributes to his wife, Joen. He allowed her to hear a select few and preserved for her one in writing.

Joen Luy Ferrari, third from left, with her family: Husband Gene Ferrari; Phil Keb and Kelli Keb, Joen's daughter; Maja Ferrari; Ken Ferrari; and Jim Ferrari, at 2015 Woman of the Year award by the Zonta Club of the Morristown Area. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The late Gene Ferrari, left, with his wife, Joen Luy Ferrari, third from left; Phil Keb and Kelli Keb, Joen’s daughter; Maja Ferrari; Ken Ferrari; and Jim Ferrari, at Joen’s 2015 Woman of the Year award by the Zonta Club of the Morristown Area. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

His talents also extended to painting in all mediums from charcoal to acrylics and can be found adorning the walls of his home. It was for his talent in the kitchen that Ferrari was highly regarded. Family and friends celebrated the creations he spent days planning and preparing.

To dine at the Ferraris’ was a culinary treat. His interests spanned many areas leading him to earn his much cherished pilot’s license. In retirement, Ferrari found great joy in helping the community by volunteering for AARP providing tax preparation.

Ferrari is survived by his loving wife, Joen Luy Ferrari and brother, Joseph Ferrari; children Kelli (Phil) Hennessy Keb; James Guy Ferrari; and Kenneth (Maja) Michael Ferrari; grandchildren Mary, P.J., Madeline, Josephine and Jacob; and great grandchildren Leigha and Lucas. 

A Funeral Service will be held at the Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 South Park Pl., Morristown on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, at 10 am. Entombment at Somerset Hills Memorial Park, Basking Ridge. Hours of visitation at the Doyle Funeral Home, 106 Maple Ave., Morristown on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 3-7PM.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to NewBridge Services, 1259 Rt. 46E Building 2, Suite 100A, Parsippany, NJ 07054.

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