Remembering Bayport-Blue Point historian Gene Horton
Gene Horton was the Bayport Blue Point area’s historian, a teacher, author, world traveler, speaker, volunteer, and friend. He loved his community and tirelessly gave of himself as he lovingly shared his knowledge of Bayport and Blue Point with all he knew. He was a beloved husband of Erich and a loving brother of Geoffrey and Kit.
Gene was born in Brooklyn NY in 1942. He went on to graduate from Providence College and began sharing his love of history in his teaching career at the East Moriches School from 1964 through his retirement in 1997. Gene authored 6 historical books and was a frequent contributor to the local paper, the Bayport Blue Point Gazette. He was a member of many historical societies; an honorary member of the Blue Point Fire Department and the Local History Room at the Bayport Blue Point Library was named in his honor.
Gene's contributions to the BBPHA are endless. He has chaired events, donated items, was a featured speaker, was a docent at Meadow Croft, put his house on the Autumn House tour and many, many more. His love of history was infectious and his commitment to preserve the history of the towns he loved was admirable.
One of Gene's favorite quotes was: To preserve our past is to enrich our future. Gene has enriched the lives and hearts of many. He was a true gentleman and will be missed.
-Courtesy of BBPHA
Visitation -Sunday September 8th, 2-4:30 & 7-9:30 p.m. at 683 Montauk Hwy. Bayport, NY.
Chapel Service -8:00 p.m. Sunday September 8th at the Funeral Home.
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