Eugene Phillip Halpin
Gene Halpin, longtime resident of Tehachapi, died on Jan. 6 the morning of his 64th wedding anniversary, with his wife and granddaughter by his side. He and his wife, Peggy, raised nine children in South Pasadena, where they attended the schools and were longtime parishioners at Holy Family Catholic Church. It was their particular pleasure to sing at First Saturday Mass as a special devotion to Mary, the Mother of Christ.
He was always a cheerful man who saw Christ in everyone, welcoming neighbors to his home and greeting strangers on the street with joy. He started his career as a salesman at JC Penney in Seattle, Wash. He moved his family to the L.A. area in 1953, where he ran his own catering business for over 30 years. He “retired” to work with his sons at Halpin Brothers Concrete. He and his wife eventually moved to Tehachapi for a peaceful retirement. They became involved in the local community, working with St. Vincent de Paul to help those in need. One of his great pleasures in life was to join his friend Al, or take his grandchildren, or any new visitor to Tehachapi, down to the Tehachapi Railroad loop and, while watching those trains, solve the important questions in life.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy; nine children and their spouses; Philip and Nancy (Johnson), David and Natalie (St. Arnault), Patrick and Sandra (Kasser), Timothy and Susan (Doe), Margaret and Gilbert Ortiz, Mary Ann and Andy Shapiro, Peter and Jackie (Turney), Kathleen and Rocky Santoro, and John and Joy (Manny). He is also survived by 74 grandchildren and 69 great-grandchildren. He was loved dearly by all of his family, and we are eternally grateful to God for the gift of a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual lightshine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.