Eugene S. Brezniak
Born in Boston on June 10, 1927 to immigrant parents, Mr. Brezniak graduated from Newton High School in 1944.
After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he graduated from Northeastern University in 1950 with a degree in business.
He also served in the Army during the Korean conflict.
spent several decades as a partner at Brezniak & Shulman Insurance Agency
also owned a series of nightclubs in Boston, including The Rathskeller, a legendary rock music venue in Kenmore Square.
was an active athlete and outdoorsman, a passion he
pursued at the Boston Ski & Sports Club, which he
purchased in 1974.
direction, the BSSC
grew from an informal club with two part-time employees into a popular sport and social organization with 15 full time employees and tens of thousands of participants.
was all about having fun," says his wife Ann Lord, whom he married in 1996, and who worked alongside him at the BSSC
Along with Ms. Lord, Mr. Brezniak
leaves a daughter, Debra Brezniak Solomon, of California, her husband David Solomon, and their children Jennifer and Max.
was a great guy!
I met him years ago when I first started playing volleyball at BSSC
had the ability to make everyone smile and laugh.
will definitely be missed.
Quincy, MA USA
I met Gene
when I was a kid, hanging around at volleyball tournaments, or helping at BSSC
parties, or just in the small office where BSSC started.
touched SO many lives and I feel fortunate to be among those.
Whenever I visited the office or saw him at an event, Gene
was always genuinely interested to know how my life was going and I know that he
often asked Patty about us as if we were his
own children/grandchildren:) He
became a part of our family and we became a part of his
Generous, witty, and sincere, Gene
(and Ann) will always have a place in our hearts.
I met Gene
a few times and he
was surprised by my connection to his
I am grateful for the amazing organization he
I'm so sorry for your loss.
was a kind man who treated everyone as family.
quick wit, generosity and caring for others made him a huge hit with the DesMaisons family.
built with the BSSC
will never be forgotten.
Thank you for being a wonderful part of my life.
Albuquerque, NM USA
I will always be grateful to Gene
for the role the BSSC
played in my life for nearly 20 years.
I met my wife, Helen, at a BSSC event not to mention countless friends.
I got to know Gene
on the volleyball court and numerous trips.
It is with great appreciation that I say a final goodbye to Gene
, for so many years of friendship, humor, warmth, and the gift of so many wonderful friends and acquaintances through the Boston Ski and Sports Club
Heard the sad news while working for Gene
Thank you Gene
for introducing me to the sport of volleyball.
I met and worked collaboratively with Gene
for 25 years.
was more than a match for my humor.
Original, genuinely tricky, and a great role model for me, I miss spending a few minutes with him.
Chestnut Hill, MA
So sorry to hear this, because of Gene
and the BSSC I have so many more friends than I thought was possible.
was on my first volleyball team in Boston in 1997.
We played on Sunday evenings at the Newton Armory.
We was warm, playful and always joking around.
never took himself or anyone else too seriously.
It was a great introduction to the Boston volleyball community.
My husband and I have been members of BSSC
will be missed but will always be a part of Boston volleyball and BSSC
I played volleyball in the same league as Gene
for some years.
I saw he
recently attending High School volleyball matches and tournaments; I was glad that remembered me and we had a great chat, so glad that happened.
was such a great guy; always friendly.
I liked watching him flirt with all the pretty girls.
I only worked at BSSC for a short time but Gene immediately welcomed me into the office family.
I have yet to work for a nicer person and he
will truly be missed.
My deepest condolences to his
family and friends.
My deepest sympathy on the loss of Gene
to everyone who knew him.
Gene was the captain of the first BSSC volleyball team that I was on over 15 years ago.
We always had such a great time and he
NEVER missed a serve.
We shared so many laughs on and off the court.
I remember our very fun team outings to Cabot's after league to celebrate.
Gene and his work with BSSC has changed my life and so many others in countless ways.
Thank you, Gene
was always so warm hearted and welcoming to our family.
I will miss his
friendly smile, curious questions, and open-hearted love for BSSC
was a good man who leaves a wide-reaching legacy of community, fun and sportsmanship.
We send our sincere sympathy at the loss of your brother, Gene
I cherish the time I had working with and learning how to be a better person from Gene
was a special man who knew how to talk to anyone and make them feel like they were family.
Clinton, Ma USA
To the family,
So sorry to hear of Gene
Many times I talked to him when he
would drop by BSSC sports events.
love to socialize with teams.
Comfort to you..
I had the opportunity to meet Gene
through BSSC activities.
Eugene S. Brezniak