Gene Hemingway, 55
Gene Hemingway of East Greenwich, R.I., son of the late Eugene Hemingway and Dorothy (Souza) Hemingway, passed away on Saturday, July 14 at Kent Hospital at the age of 55.
Gene was born on May 9, 1963 in Providence, R.I. He grew up in Providence, spending many of his childhood summers with family and friends in Matunuck at Mary Carpenter’s Campground. He graduated from Classical High School in Providence and went on to follow his passion of cooking. This passion took him to Block Island, where he remained, spending winters there off and on, from the early 1980s to the mid 90s. Many may well remember his popular dishes that were often featured in The Block Island Times and occasionally in The Providence Journal, such as Oysters Hemingway, Mussels Zuppa, and Pad Thai.
He began as the head chef of Someplace Else, now known as Club Soda, when it was owned by the Ryan family. From there, he was highly sought after, later working as the head chef for Eli’s, Winfield’s, and The National. After Block Island, he remained in Rhode Island, working as the head chef for various restaurants in the Ocean State, the most recent being Pancho O’Malley’s in Narragansett. Gene was also an avid runner, having participated in multiple triathlons and marathons throughout Rhode Island.
While he was a natural at cooking and it brought him great joy, travel was Gene’s second passion. He spent much of his life learning and absorbing aspects of other cultures in places such as Greece, Australia, and Austria to name a few. He spent several months immersing himself in the language and culture of Portugal as well, a place home to family decades before.
With Gene’s interests also came his ability to interact with people. He was incredibly charismatic and a natural story teller. His kindness, good natured sense of humor and intelligence shined through his infectious smile. He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by family, friends, and acquaintances alike.
Gene joins his father and grandparents, leaving behind his mother, Dorothy (Souza) Hemingway, two brothers and one sister: Paul Hemingway of Block Island, R.I.; Scott Hemingway and his wife Diane Hemingway of Warwick, R.I.; and Susan Hemingway and her wife Kathy LaCivita of Peabody, Mass.; as well as his longtime girlfriend, Susan Laplume of 10-plus years, of East Greenwich, R.I.
Gene also leaves behind his three nieces, two nephews, and one great niece and nephew.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Pancho O’Malley’s in Narragansett.