March 11 2019

Obituary: Beloved Family Man and Longtime Burlington Teacher, Eugene Cataldo Jr., 80

A longtime Burlington educator and beloved family man passed away after a battle with cancer.


Eugene J. Cataldo, Jr., “Gene”, of Burlington, passed away at his home on March 3, 2019.


According to his obituary, Gene was born on October 19, 1938 in Stoneham, Massachusetts to Eugene J. and Eleanor (Filadoro) Cataldo. Gene was raised in Stoneham and graduated from Stoneham High School in 1956. He was part of a loving family including his brother, Kenneth, who he adored even though distance has separated them more recently.


Following graduation, Gene attended Boston College, where he graduated cum laude in 1960.


Gene met his future wife, Patricia Coughlin, at the early age of fourteen. The couple were high school sweethearts and got married on August 27, 1960.


“Gene and Patricia spent over fifty-eight wonderful years together and raised their three daughters, Kathleen, Theresa and Jacqueline, who loved their father dearly,” Gene’s obituary reads.


Gene worked as a successful pharmaceutical sales representative for several companies throughout the 1960s before deciding to become a teacher and earning his Master’s degree in Education from Southern Connecticut State University in 1970.


He taught middle school and high school students math and computer science in Burlington for 28 years.


“He was respected and adored by many students in Burlington,” his obituary reads.” One of his colleagues said it so eloquently, ‘…the quintessential teacher…dedicated, hardworking, well prepared and sincere to both the students and needs of the school…one cannot find a more loyal nor supportive person. He is a true gentleman and a family man. He cares deeply about strong family values and the importance of honesty and integrity throughout one’s daily life.’”



Gene also enjoyed spending time with his family.


“He was a loving grandfather; spending time with his grandchildren brought him tremendous joy during his retirement years,” his obituary says. “He looked forward to their sporting events, holidays or just a good conversation about their daily lives.”


Gene was the beloved husband of Patricia L. (Coughlin) Cataldo, devoted father of Theresa Marciello, Jacqueline Stone & her husband Jason and the late Kathleen Cataldo, loving grandfather of Nicholas and Jessica Marciello, Arianna, Taylor and Isabella Stone.


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