The following email was received today (October 5, 2012) from Barbara Johnson, Director of Operations, History San Jose:
We just learned that our long-time friend and Trolley Barn volunteer, Gene Martin, died last night. Gene was one of the most helpful people I knew. He was always there to help our education department. He made Contenta the cow, the Statue of Liberty Puzzle and many other projects for HSJ's education programs, in addition to all his work in the Trolley Barn and with CTRC. He worked endless hours to make sure the Senter Road trolley line kept on track and on time. I will miss seeing him at the Park, but know that he is now at peace with no more pain and suffering.
The date for a celebration of Gene's life has been set for Saturday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church of San Jose, 160 North Third St.
Because street parking in the immediate vicinity is metered on Saturdays, people attending should probably park in the Third Street Garage, 95 N. Third St., between St. John and Santa Clara Streets.