July 25, 2020 ~5 Av 5780
Eugene (Gene) Vine 92, of a lifelong Louisville, died on July 26, 2020. Family meant everything to him relishing the various roles of a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend.
Born on the 4th of July 1928, he was the youngest of Jennie and Aaron Vine’s four children, and the last to survive them.
As a young man, Gene served in the Kentucky National Guard. Professionally, he was a successful salesman of plastic, paper and a food broker winning many national awards
He was a founding member of The Standard Club, where he enjoyed many rounds of golf. Gene sure loved his ‘ponies.” He was the ‘go-to’ guy when it came to the horse business and handicapping. He crunched those numbers all the way into his 91st year. When this avid race fan walked into a room and talked horses, his face lit up with a huge smile. He loved the sport, the stories, and the camaraderie that came with his ‘hobby. Over the years he grew especially close to his brother, Herb and the two were affectionately as ‘The Golden Boys’. Gene also became a successful thoroughbred owner, with Victor and Vine Stables, showcasing their star gelding, ‘Prory.’
He cherished his wife of 49 years, Betty (Cohen), who predeceased him in 2001.
Gene is survived by his daughter, Patti Sue Vine, his grandpup, Palmer, his long-time loving companion Kay Powers, who brought him much joy in his later years. He will also be missed by his friends, among them Ed Goldberg, his nieces, and nephews from the Vine and Cohen families, including Neil Cohen, and many long-time friends in the paper business.
Special thanks to the nurses and staff of Jefferson Place who provided compassion and support in his final days as well as Hosparus.
Donations in his honor may be made to The Temple, Jewish Family & Career Services (JFCS), The Humane Society, or a charity of your choice.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 27, 2020, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at The Temple Cemetery.