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Exhibit Industry Veteran Eugene 'Geno' Rogowicz Passes Away
It is with great sadness that the family of Eugene Edward Rogowicz announces his peaceful passing after a brief illness, on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at the age of 84 years.
Eugene (Gene) is survived by his wife of 64 years Delores Rogowicz whom he lovingly cared for daily and is also remembered by his children, Raymond Rogowicz(Tamara), Cindy Feris (Greg) and Cherie Word. Gene will also be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Chad Rogowicz(Lindsay), Lindsey Keith(Westbrook), Jules Word and Adalie Feris and by his great grandchildren, Miriam Rogowicz, Scarlett Keith and Abigail Keith.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents Anton Rogowicz (Agnes) sister Lucille Sadilek, infant son Eugene Rogowicz Jr.
Gene, or Geno as he was so effectually known in the Industry, was considered by many of his peers and his clients as a founding pillar in the trade show Exhibit Design and Manufacturing Business, a career that started at the age of 20 in 1954 as a journeyman union carpenter in Chicago. Geno was a master of onsite Installations and spent countless years traveling for two of the convention industries largest operations, 3 Dimensions in Chicago (Exhibitgroup Chicago) under Leo McDonald and Freeman Displays in Dallas (Freeman Companies) under Buck Freeman. Later in his career he partnered with co-owner Dutch Antonnise to form his own business, I &M Displays (Industrial and Merchandising Displays in Lancaster, TX for over a decade. The Dynamic Duo together eventually sold their expanding operations to Heritage Display Group (Heritage Communications) in the early 80’s leading to Genes eventual retirement in 1996.
Gene spent an entire life time traveling to trade shows throughout the country and months at a time at World Fairs such as ‘62 Seattle, ‘64’ New York and ‘67 Montreal. Geno personally handled and was intimately involved with some of this country’s biggest clients; General Motors Trucks, Dodge and Dodge Racing, Fiat, Studebaker, Jeep, OMC Outboard Marine, Ethicon/Johnson and Johnson, Southwestern Bell, Kohler, Owens Corning, Halliburton, Otis Engineering just to name a few...
Gene gave all he had to the trade show business and his work ethic was “service, service and then service some more... the client is always first, and the show will and must go on.” He will truly be missed by many in the industry and linked to so many more that have passed before him.
A Funeral Service in memory of Eugene will be held on Saturday Feb. 9th, 2:00 pm at the Stella Maris Catholic Church Chapel. Interment will follow in the Lamar Cemetery Rockport, TX.
Those who so desire, may make memorial donations in memory of Eugene for the preservation of the historical Lamar Cemetery. Make donations payable to: Lamar cemetery association, 222 Hagy Drive, Rockport TX 78382
All donations go for repairs caused from Hurricane Harvey and upkeep of these sacred TX grounds.
Submitted by: Chad Rogowicz, COO / Executive Vice President, ExhibitTrader.com
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