NORTH LIMA, Ohio – Eugene F. Gulfo, 68, passed away Saturday morning, October 14, 2017, at The Cleveland Clinic following complications from a brief illness.
Eugene was born December 24, 1948, in Youngstown, a son of the late Louis A. and Anne “Jerry” German Gulfo and was a lifelong area resident.
He was a 1967 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School, where he played varsity football and he also attended Youngstown State University for a time.
Mr. Gulfo owned and operated Gulfo’s Beer & Wine Store in Youngstown’s Brier Hill neighborhood in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. He then began his career in the grocery business at Bob’s Supermarket on city’s north side and subsequently worked for Bindas Sparkle Market in Austintown while moonlighting at the Union Square Sparkle Market. From that foundation, Eugene became a co-owner of three Giant Eagle Supermarkets in Ashtabula, Lincoln Knolls and Brookfield and in 2003, he became the sole owner of the Giant Eagle Supermarket in North Lima. After he retired in 2009, he worked part-time at the Poland Giant Eagle and with Bloomin’ Crazy Flowers & Gifts.
Eugene was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Youngstown.
He was also a member of the Rotary and of the Grocers’ Union, and he was a band parent at South Range High School.
Mr. Gulfo had a passion for hunting, fishing, golfing and cooking and he was a fan of the Cleveland Indians. He enjoyed yard work and watching golf on TV, especially Tiger Woods and he loved his family and friends. He loved all his nieces and nephews dearly and was especially close to nephew, Michael and niece, Jessica but the true love of his life was his daughter, Anne.
Eugene leaves his daughter, Anne Gulfo of North Lima; two brothers, Louis Anthony (Nancy) Gulfo of Youngstown and William D. (Jo Ellen) Gulfo of Youngstown; three sisters, Michele S. (Ken) Hoover of Austintown, Susan M. (Mike) Shaffer of Madison and Kathleen A. (James) Gennock of Salt Lake City; many nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews and his pet parrot, Sam.
Family and friends call from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 19, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a prayer service will take place at 4:00 p.m.
Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. Friday, October 20, at the funeral home and will continue at 10:00 a.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church on North Belle Vista Avenue in Youngstown.
Interment will follow funeral services at the parish cemetery.
Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to send condolences online to Eugene’s family.
A television tribute will air Wednesday, October 18 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.