Harry Eugene “Gene” Cave, 82, of Cumberland, Md., passed away Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at UPMC Western Maryland.
Born on Dec. 20, 1938 in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Harry M. and Nancy (Cunningham) Cave. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother James F. Cave.
Gene was a graduate of Allegany High School in 1957.
He was married 60 years to Sondra (Weltman) Cave. He is survived by a son, Daniel S. Cave and wife Traci; and a daughter, Crista Gomer and husband Duane; grandchildren, Nathan S. Cave and wife Alexandra, Taylor N. Black and husband Chris; Ian Barbour, and Alec Gomer; a great-grandchild, Joseph “Joey” Black.
He served in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserves for eight years from 1956 to 1964. He was employed by the A&P Market for 12 years as a meat cutter and meat department manager. He was subsequently employed by the Chessie System in 1971. He climbed the ranks as a fireman for the B&O/C&O and in 1974 promoted to locomotive engineer in Pittsburgh. In 1995 he became an engineer training school instructor. He was promoted to road foreman of Engineers Baltimore Service Lane in 1997. In 2003, he was promoted to Senior Road Foreman of Engineers, Cumberland. Gene retired from CSXT in 2004. In 2004 he formed G&S Consulting and worked for Union Pacific Engineer Training until 2010. In 2010 he became a diesel locomotive engineer for the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and promoted to general manager from 2016 until 2021.
He enjoyed spending time in Lakeland, Fla. and playing golf.
He will be fondly remembered as a devoted husband, a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A. 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland.
A funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Mark Dill officiating. Friends will be received one hour prior to service.
Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park
Veteran military honors will be accorded by the Post 13 Combined Veterans Honor Guard.
Condolences for the family can be made at www.ScarpelliFH.com