He had also helped at his son’s business, Excell Motorsports in Hubbardsville. Gene was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the F&AM Lodge #129 in Waterville. He was a member of the Shriners in Utica, and he dedicated many hours entertaining as a clown for the Children’s Hospital Burn Unit. His favorite pastimes included hunting, motorsports and draft horses.
Surviving is his wife, Diane; his children, Aaron Excell and Shelly Brennan of East Hamilton; Adam and Jennifer Excell of Earlville; Andrew and Lee Excell of Smyrna; a sister and brother-in-law, Faith and David Hubbard of Central Square; his beloved grandchildren, Caleb, Austin, Hannah and Jonah; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
In keeping with his wishes, funeral services and interment will be private at the convenience of his family from the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton.
A celebration of his life will be held at noon on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at Excell Motorsports, 2292 State Route 12, Hubbardsville, NY.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Bassett Cancer Institute, c/o Susan van der Sommen, 1 Atwell Rd., Cooperstown, NY 13326.