- March 7, 1936 - April 16, 2017
- Warren, Michigan
of Eugene's Passing
- Memorial donations, in Gene's name, may be directed to:
Michigan Humane Society
30300 Telegraph Road - Suite 220
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
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“To the Comos family may God bless you all stay strong always and forever in my heart ❤ Love you Comos family
1 of 20 | Posted by: Belinda Collier - MI - Friend
“Next door neighbors back when the kids were growing up. Lots of great times and every New Years eve four neighbor couples would welcome in the new...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Mel & Sue Walters - Warren, MI
“Mrs C. and family, So many great memories of the neighbor across the street. May you have peace that Mr. C is in a better place with our Lord and...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Wirtanen Jerome - Dallas, TX
“We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Uncle Gene. Our deepest condolences to Ruth, Mike, Shelley, Matthew and the whole Comos clan. ...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Tom Kageff - Woodland Hills, CA
“Ruth, Mike, Michelle, and Matt. Our deepest sympathy for the lossof a wonderful man. Mr. Comos always had a great sense of humor, managed to put...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Ken, Rhonda, Kenny and Hailey Kasper - MI
“Aunt Ruth, Mike, Michelle & Matt, I am so very sorry for your loss. Uncle Gene was one of my favorite uncles. Love and prayers, Amy
6 of 20 | Posted by: Amy Kageff Malkasian - MI
“Ruth so sorry for your loss , my prayers are with you, just remember all the great yearsthe two of you had and your family !!! Sincerely, Gwynne...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Gwynne Zafarana - Scottsdale, AZ
“We were so saddened to hear of Gene's passing. He was a very special man; large in stature but incredibly kind, gentle, humble and unassuming.It was...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Bob, Jill, Claire and Mike Wilke - MI
“Ruthie, Mike, Michelle, Matt. My deepest condolences to you all. Paul and I lost our father early. We both gravitated to your dad. Me especially. I...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Al Andreucci - Sterling Heights, MI
“I only knew him for a short time but instantly admired his passion towards family, religion, hockey, and Michigan. Going on my first trip to the...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Beau Jensen - Minneapolis, MN
“I can remember Mr Comos driving myself, Steve P and Matt to Holly Junior High most mornings because Matt seemed to have a hard time getting out of...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Brian Suszko - Brighton, MI
“Mike and Matt and all! I called on your Dad for years at AKC. I always enjoyed chatting with him. He was a good guy and definitely one of the last...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Dave Schumacher - Acquaintance
“My deepest sympathy to your family at such a difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find some comfort and peace from the God...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: DD - GA
“MAY THE THOUGHT OF KNOWING THAT FAMILY AND FRIENDS SHARE IN YOUR GRIEF BRING THE FAMILY A MEASURE OF COMFORT.PLEASE READ PROV 17:17
14 of 20 | Posted by: KELLEY - OH
“So many memories of my soft spoken quiet and gentle uncle GENE..When I was a girl just beginning high school I stayed with aunt Ruth and uncle GENE....Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Cindy Dye - Oxford, MI - Family
“All our love and thoughts...love to the whole family
16 of 20 | Posted by: Cindy Dye - Oxford, MI - Family
“I knew Mr Comos from way back to the days of the Warren Woods Water Warriors. He was always smiling and kind. My thoughts and prayers are with you...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Terri Wager-Severini - Warren, MI
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you--Ruth, Mike, Michelle and Matthew.I have so many fond memories of growing up next door to the Comos...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Pam Daily - Frankenmuth, MI
“MIke is a good friend of mine, and I have many fond memories of your family while growing up. You were always gracious and kind to me Mr. Comos, and...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Tim Houghton - Troy, MI
“Our dear Gene. we will never forget your smiling face and GREAT SERVICE to us over the last 18 years!! Your AKC office supply service has kept King...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Laurie Amalfitano - Roseville, MI
Eugene Michael Comos passed quietly into the afterlife on April 16, 2017. Gene led a beautiful, humble and meaningful life that left a legacy of love and kindness for his family. He left behind his wife, Ruth (nee: Incarnati); his sons, Mike (Ellen Coon) Comos, Matt Comos, and his daughter, Michelle (Mark) Vanata, along with his grandchildren, Zachary, Madison, Gabriel, Mackenzie, Marcus and Emily.
Gene was born March 7, 1936 in Detroit to John and Belle Comos who were Ukrainian immigrants. He was devoted to his parents and cheerfully celebrated his Ukrainian heritage, taking care to often point out famous people who shared his ethnicity. He grew up in Detroit and St. Clair Shores, where he graduated from South Lake High School. He entered the military soon after graduation and joined the Air Force where he served both in active duty and the reserves for 6 years in the air-sea rescue wing.
Married to Ruth for 57 years, Gene was a loyal and devoted husband who was attending to his wife even as illness took over his body. Their marriage was a testament to their love and devotion for each other. Gene was a devoted family man. Anyone that knew him understood that family came first and that's a lesson he passed on to his children. As a father, he parented in a kind and gentle manner, preferring to use a soft-spoken approach and to teach by example. Despite a busy work schedule, he was present in his children's lives and regularly attended school and sports events, and coached as well. Gene took to his role of Grandpa with equal enthusiasm. He was a fixture in his grandchildren's lives, attending sporting events, birthdays, recitals, school events, vacations, etc.,...without complaint or hesitation. Grandpa or Papa was never too busy to drive his grandkids to a practice or game when needed.
In his working life, Gene was a salesman and business owner. He started as a sales associate with the Olivetti Typewriter Company in the early 1960s. Eventually, he took a chance and started his own office supply/equipment business. As a result, AKC Office Equipment was born in 1969. Gene always said he chose the name because the A's were first in the phone book when people looked for office equipment. However, the name was also the source of many humorous phone calls from people looking for various breeds of dogs. AKC was more than a storefront. It was a stopping place for friends, vendors, salesmen and business associates,...where a cup of coffee was waiting, along with a friendly greeting. Visitors would typically stay and swap stories, discuss politics and shoot the bull, and Gene would never be too busy for them. As a business owner, Gene regularly gave employment to family and friends who'd fallen on hard times, despite operating in a difficult economy. Even though Gene closed his store in 2010, he still managed to service several clients up to his death. In fact, he provided one of the few facilities in Southeastern Michigan that could offer typewriter repair services.
Gene also had a love of animals and several dogs filled the family photo album, including Smokey, Finnegan, Bert and Murphy, and his cats Petey and CeCe. When visiting his children, their dogs knew an easy mark and always sat near Gene, waiting for scraps, which he sometimes fed to them off his fork. Cooper, Bear, Ranger and Scout will miss him terribly.
Gene had simple pleasures... He loved black and white movies (no matter how bad they were). A lifelong Red Wing fan, Gene followed his team on TV and was once a season ticket holder. Gene was a big fan of the city of Detroit (from his sales days at Olivetti), and he loved giving tours to guests taking them to his favorite sights. He was also a Tigers and Lions fan and further enjoyed local air shows as a must see for Gene and family members, and he regularly attended the annual air show at Selfridge Air Base, and the Blue Angels in Traverse City, Michigan. Gene enjoyed trips up North to Northport, sitting on the back deck, and drinking coffee out of his favorite mug. He was a Ronald Reagan Republican and followed politics with interest. A man of faith, Gene was a devoted member of the congregation at St. Edmund's/St. Faustina's for more than 50 years.
Visitation for Gene will be held Friday, April 21st from 3-8 pm, with a 7:00 pm Prayer Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. Mr. Comos will lie in state at 10:00 am Saturday at St. Faustina Catholic Church, 14025 East 12 Mile Road in Warren, (formerly St. Edmund), until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10:30 am. Celebrating the Funeral Liturgy will be Reverend Fr. Bogdan Milosz.
Memorial donations, in Gene's name, can be made to the Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, Michigan 48025.
Please feel free to share memories or thoughts of Gene at his memory book above.