Remembering Thomas “Gene” Coons: What a Wonderful Man!

I know that longtime Running Springs Elementary School (now known as Charles Hoffman) will be remembered by so many of us who worked with him in many different way at the small school. What a great man! We loved him!
I know that longtime Running Springs Elementary School (now known as Charles Hoffman) will be remembered by so many of us who worked with him in many different way at the small school. What a great man! We loved him!

Those of us who were fortunate enough to be involved with Running Springs Elementary School in the 1980s remember fondly Eugene Coons (who we all caledl Gene). He was a master custodian and good friend to all of us who volunteered to be room mothers, serve on the PTA board or helped in some other way. Gene was a custodian who loved what he did and he loved his time at the small school (known then as Running Springs Elementary) and then as Charles Hoffman Elementary School).He loved what he did and we loved him right back!

Nothing ever seemed to both Gene and I can remember, many a time, of needing something from him at the last second. Somehow whatever was needed was there and I know I’m not the only PTA mom or volunteer who felt that. He was much beloved by the staff.

Gene died September 2. He  lived a long life as he was born on August 17,1925. He served in the Navy but his great skill was working with wood. He was an active member of St. Anne’s Church in Running Springs and I know the congregation will be sorry to hear of his passing. He was one of those great people who loved other people and he loved helping people as well.

He is survived by his family included his family and way too many friends to count. He was preceded in death by his wife Rita and his son Stephen Coons.

The funeral will be held October 1 at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Mortuary in San Bernardino.To leave an online condolence to the family send it to: beachinbob@outlook.com.

I know those of us who helped and/or worked at our small local elementary school in the 1970s and 1980s loved Gene. I know, in my heart, that he loved his job,  the students and PTA volunteers as well as the administration. I hope he’s having a great time in heaven playing a game of cards or reminiscing about “old times” with the late former longtime principal Chuck Hoffman. I can hear them laughing right now!

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