Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
Office: 413-665-4046             Fax: 413-665-0975
Eugene Westbrooks II
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on July 18th at 10:00 am at Holy Family Catholic Church in S. Deerfield

                                                              

Eugene Westbrooks II, 48, passed away unexpectedly at home, in his sleep, on April 29, 2020.  He was born on Feb. 4, 1972 in Montague, MA with an intense energy that lasted his entire life.  During his younger years, he lived in Amherst.  Before he was six, he traveled with his Mom, Janet (Sodaitis) and stepfather, David Wojciechowski, to Maryland, North Carolina, and Australia where he lived for seven months.  Gene attended kindergarten there and participated in the wedding of David and Janet as their ringbearer.  But they always returned to Amherst.  From the time Gene was nine years old, he worked with David at the family vegetable farm in Whately during weekends and school vacations.  He especially liked helping to sell vegetables at the Amherst and Greenfield farmer’s markets.  His junior high years were spent in the Frontier Regional school system after the family built a house on the farm.   He returned to Amherst Regional High School where he wrestled and played football, his favorite sport.  After graduation, Gene attended Holyoke Community College, majoring in Business and Accounting.  Then, he worked for a year in Springfield at Springboard Technologies.  At the end of that year, he stated that he ‘just couldn’t sit down all day’.  He worked on the farm again for a short time before attending a carpenter’s training program to become a union carpenter thru Local #108/#336.  After a few years, he drove to Las Vegas to help build a few casinos, as well as the Hoover Bridge bypass over the Colorado River.  When the building craze there ended, he returned to his roots in Massachusetts.  He was always proud of the college buildings he helped construct and was an ardent union supporter.  When a microburst hit the family farm, Gene, energetically and, seemingly tirelessly, spent days chopping and cleaning up the 20 – 30 trees that got knocked down, supplying his parents with years of firewood.  For the last three years, he volunteered for the Salvation Army during the Christmas season, ringing the red bell in Northampton and Easthampton.  He was an ardent Patriots fan and loved fast motorcycles and cars.  During his last week of life, he did some landscaping in his parent’s yard and he was building a chicken coop for his sister’s new chicks which gave him a chance to spend quality time with his niece and nephew. Gene was a loving and courageous son, brother, and friend.  He was so, so strong, smart, opinionated, honest, and colorful.  He was, also, fiercely loyal to those close to him with a big loud heart and voice that could knock you down and build you up. With Gene’s death, he leaves behind his mother and stepfather, Janet and David Wojciechowski, his beloved and cherished son, Marcus Westbrooks, his sister, Julia Wojciechowski, his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Holland, his nephew, James, and niece,  Eloise, his uncles and aunts, Jim and Sheila Sodaitis and Mario and Jill Hepp, his cousins,  Joshua Sodaitis, Jacob Sodaitis and Mario Hepp III, also great-aunt Jane Kunkel, uncles and aunts Jeff and Linda Mudge, Bruce and Nancy Wojciechowski, Scott and Katie Wojciechowski, Mark and Heidi Wojciechowski and many cousins. He also leaves his father, Eugene Westbrooks of Rome, NY and his brothers Brandon and Eddie Westbrooks and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins from the Westbrook side of his family. In addition, Gene had a special place in his heart for his friends, Mary Repucci and her two daughters, Veronica and Ava Lashway and his favorite construction buddy, Mike Hazemy.   

Gene, you will always be loved and remembered by us all.

Contributions in memory of Gene can be made to The Salvation Army. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on July 18th at 10:00 am at Holy Family Catholic Church in S. Deerfield.  Wrisley Funeral Home was entrusted with his care.