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Eugene "Gene" M. Negrone 78, of Franklin died January 17, in the Deutsches Altenheim in West Roxbury. He was the husband of Lucy "Babe" (Arcaro) Negrone for the past 55 years. Born in Queens, New York, February 18, 1936, the son of the late Joseph and Blanche (Plainpano) Negrone, Mr. Negrone was raised in Queens and had lived in Franklin since 1960. Mr. Negrone was educated in New York City Schools and was a graduate of Dean College in 1958 and the University of New York in 1960. Following his graduation from college, Mr. Negrone married Lucy and moved to Franklin. He worked for the Town of Dedham Public Schools retiring as Assistant Superintendent after 35 years. After he "retired" he was asked back the Town of Dedham and worked for another 10 years as facilities director of the Town schools. Mr. Negrone also had operated L&N Construction Company, building houses in the Franklin area. Gene was a member of the Franklin Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Council. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating and spending time with his nieces and nephews. Mr. Negrone served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War attaining rank of Sergeant. In addition to his wife, Mr. Negrone was the brother of the late Delores Foley. He is also loved and admired by his niece and nephew Maryanne DiFusco and Stephan Foley of New York and 3 great nieces and 2 great-nephews. He also is survived by his nieces and nephews, Rena McPhee, Antonio Arcaro, Michael Arcaro, Donna Arcaro, Angelo Colace, Anthony Colace, Anthony Arcaro, Lisa Herr, Amanda Colace and several great nieces and nephews and 1 great-great- niece. His funeral will be held on Friday, January 23 from the Ginley Funeral Home of Franklin (www.ginleyfuneralhomes.com) 131 Main Street, Franklin at 9:15 followed by a funeral mass in St. Mary's Church at 10:00. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Calling hours will be on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to St. Mary's Church, Church Square, Franklin, MA 02038.Remove from My Saved Tributes