Gene Thomas Berkowitz

Died: Thu., Mar. 28, 2019

Funeral Service


3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sat., Apr. 06, 2019
Location: Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home Inc.

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  Gene Thomas Berkowitz, 66, of Hyde Park, NY, entered into rest on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at River Valley Rehabilitation Center in Poughkeepsie after a courageous battle with cancer.  Born on March 9, 1953 in Manhattan, NY, he was the son of the late Philip and Marjorie Berkowitz. Gene was a graduate of Commack North High School, and Polytechnic University, earning a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. He was employed at IBM for over 30 years; prior to which, he was a master mechanic. He was an avid motorcyclist, photographer, and Scuba Diver. He loved building and flying model planes, was an outdoorsman, and enjoyed everything mechanical. He was also a charter member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, and National Association of Amateur Radio.

  Gene leaves behind his son, Jason Berkowitz of Hyde Park. He is also survived by his 3 brothers; Bruce Berkowitz of Hyde Park, Paul Berkowitz and his wife Priscilla of Wappingers Falls, and Robert Berkowitz, Anderson SC.

            Calling hours will be held on Saturday April 6th, 3-5PM at Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home, 39 S. Hamilton St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. 845-452-1840. To send online condolences, please visit

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   Posted Wed April 03, 2019
Gene was the father of my first born son Jason. He was a
Great Dad to Jason. He taught him so much about so many things. Motorcycles, scuba diving working on cars and motorcycles. These things most Dads don't know anything about. Jason was very fortunate he had a great Dad who loved him with all his heart. Gene was very blessed to have a wonderful son like Jason. If it wasn't for Jason Gene would have not survived as long as he did. Jason was there every step of the way loving and caring for his Dad to the very end. I know Gene is no longer in pain and is now with the Lord watching over Jason. He is now his Guardian Angel.Rest in peace Gene you will forever have a special place in my heart! 💝🙏😘

   Posted Wed April 03, 2019
Shalom Aleichem.

I met Gene (Beanawitz) 50 + yrs ago. He & Richy (R.I.P) Hudak were my best buds. I introduced Bean & Bobo ( my sister JoAnn) & eventually they married & a few yrs later Jason popped out. I just got my disability & was hoping to see him before he passed away. YaHuah willing, we'll meet again. We survived many an adventure(s) back in Commack. As with Richy I love you guys, you were (& still are in my heart) my brother's.
Bobo, Jason, Bruce, Bobby the entire family my deepest & heart felt condolences.

Ratson haba b'shem YaHuah

Carolyn Torella
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Paul, so sorry for the loss of your brother, Gene...our condolences. Will keep you in my prayers! --Carolyn

Bradley Moore
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019

Spring's Bounty Basket was sent by Hyde Park Police PBA.

Our Condolences, Members of the Hyde Park Police PBA

Jerry Vittone
   Posted Tue April 09, 2019
So sorry to hear of Gene's passing. I first meet Gene when he came to work at
Pitino's when I was working there. After he had an accident with his Corvette I used to give him a ride back and forth to work. I left and went to work for IBM and many years later
saw him working in East Fishkill. We had many good years working at Pitino's , many stories. He was a good man with a huge heart. Sorry for your loss.