Eugene Caille

Eugene V "Gene" Caille Jr.

Monday, January 8th, 1940 - Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
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Obituary

NORTH BROOKFIELD- Eugene V." Gene" Caille, Jr., of North Brookfield, passed away at home on August 4, 2020.

Born on January 8, 1940, in Kingston, New York, the son of the late Eugene and Julia (Feeley) Caille, he is survived by his loving wife and soul mate of fifty-four years, Carolyn (Waite).

A graduate of Worcester State University, the well-known educator and historian taught history and government for 37 years, most of those in Room 20 at North Brookfield High School. Gene proudly served North Brookfield for six years as Selectman, was the town’s Moderator for fifteen years, and served for a time as Town Historian. In addition, he was a part-time field representative for the Massachusetts Teachers’ Association.

A life-long educator, Gene had many interests ranging from being an avid reader, a sports fan, active in politics, and a collector of memorabilia. He strongly advocated for civic participation and led by example.

In addition to his wife Carolyn, he is survived by his three children, Laura, Jeffrey (Emily), Gregory (Kathryn), and four grandchildren, James, Mary, Timothy and Matthew, as well as several cousins and a larger circle of family and friends who he loved with all his heart. He will be greatly missed by all.

Services will be private. The family plans to have a memorial service at a later date. If you wish to share your memories or offer a condolence, please visit: pillsburyfuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Friends of the Haston Free Public Library,161 N.Main St. North Brookfield MA 01535.
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Marilynn Hahn Borst

Posted at 12:08pm
Gene was Town Historian when we first met at the Haston Library in 2012. Wise in the ways of North Brookfield, he knew all her stories and secrets. As relative newcomer seeking to write a book about the town and its people in relation to the Town House, I was enthralled. I shared Gene's love of history and his status as a non-NB native. In his easygoing manner and with his ready sense of humor he told me that, even though he had taught in North Brookfield for over thirty years, he was still known as "the kid from Barre." I came back to Gene with questions time after time, even plumbing him for his opinion and suggestions in a phone conversation as recently as this past winter.
Always accessible, knowledgeable and welcoming, Gene must have been a wonderful teacher. I know he was a special human, someone who will live on in my memory and that of so many others.
Marilynn Borst
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Sid Waite

Posted at 07:02pm
So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers of comfort and peace to you and your family.

Sid Waite
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Ed Coyle

Posted at 12:25am
With deepest sympathy,
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Ed Coyle

Posted at 12:21am
My condolences to the Caille family on Gene's death .

Gene and I worked together for the Massachusetts Teachers Association from 1971 to 2003. In those years he negotiated countless contracts for teachers and support personnel throughout the Region and parts of the Western and Northeast Regions. No assignment was too small or too big for Gene. Some of his best work was done in the toughest economic situations in Worcester County. Gene was a labor guy from the day he was born, when his father named him Eugene Victor in honor of Eugene Victor Debs, a story Gene would proudly repeat whenever his passion for advocacy might have been questioned.

Gene was always ready for another assignment, no matter in Athol or Bellingham, Tyngsboro or Southbridge. Made no difference how long the ride home to North Brookfield would take late at night. I had few colleagues who could outdo Gene’s passion, honesty, principle and commitment to our work in all my years as a Regional Manager. His zeal was not limited to work with MTA. In his life away from working with MTA he was a beloved teacher, a Selectman, Historian and Town Moderator.

Gene was a pure gem. All those who were represented by him at the bargaining table, before School Committees, in grievance hearings, at the Commission and even those he joined on their picket lines will be forever indebted to him for his work. Count me among them. Rest in peace, Gene.
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Kim Mongeau

Posted at 10:05am
My condolences to the Caille family, especially Greg. The Mongeaus are thinking of you all during this enormous loss.

-Kim Mongeau
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