I was so saddened to hear this news. I, too, enjoyed my friendship with Gene. We often talked about Nevada City, sharing our passion about keeping the Courthouse in the downtown or joking about small-town politics. When he was city manager, Gene said he could not “confirm or deny” my big scoop about the Amgen race starting in Nevada City, offering some reassurance I was correct.
Gene’s pat line about how he was feeling — “Bordering on the Fantastic!” — cheered me up to no end. After he retired, I’d still run into Gene eating lunch at Las Katarinas on Broad Street, and we’d catch up.
As it turns out, Gene had incurable cancer that was detected after he and his wife went on a long road trip last fall, according to writings by his daughter Pamela Albaugh Wolff on Gene’s CaringBridge page.
“Retired City Manager Gene Albaugh of Nevada City, a USC alumnus and a Grass Valley resident, has battling Stage 4 gall bladder cancer for the past 5-months,” according to a report in May in PublicCEO.com. “As of April 24, 2012, Gene checked into the Hospice of the Foothills for incurable cancer patients. Chemo was offered, which might extend life a couple of month, but with severe side effects. Gene has elected to proceed with his best quality of life for the time he has left.”
Pamela Albaugh Wolff’s tribute to her dad was heartfelt. Here’s an excerpt:
“He finally retired from his long and successful career in public administration. He put out the cat, turned off the lights and turned in his keys on June 28, 2011 to his beloved Nevada City, California.
“My dad was diagnosed with a very rare form of Gall Bladder cancer.
“Thank you for being a part of my dad’s multifaceted and beautiful life. He has always been, and will continue to be a most respected and honorable man, husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, son, brother, uncle, nephew, friend to so many, public servant, consultant, Rotarian, Elks Lodge member, Knights of Columbus, member of the Sons of Norway, baseball player, coach and manager, square dancer, world traveler, back packer, golfer, high school teacher, mentor, gardener, neighbor, advocate, visionary, conservative and always: Bordering on the Fantastic!
That’s my dad,
Pamela Albaugh Wolff”
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