Geneva School Employees Federal Credit Union founder Eugene McFadden passes away

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Eugene McFadden, 94, founder of the Geneva School Employees Federal Credit Union, now Finger Lakes FCU, died Feb. 1 following a brief illness.

“Eugene was a pioneering credit union leader in Central New York who made a tremendous impact on the community throughout his lifetime,” said New York Credit Union Association President/CEO William J. Mellin. “His valuable contributions to education as a math teacher — both before and after his credit union days — are just another example of the generosity he so selflessly shared. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

McFadden, who founded the credit union while working as a mathematics teacher in 1967, served as its first manager/treasurer for 23 years and his dedication, leadership and vision were critical to the success and growth of the organization. Finger Lakes FCU annually awards a scholarship in McFadden’s honor to a top student who exemplifies his hard work and service to the community.

Prior to his work with the credit union, McFaddden earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and served in the U.S. Air Force, where he taught math at Sampson Air Force College. He later earned a master’s degree in education and taught math for 25 years in the Geneva School District. Following his retirement from the credit union, he taught math at Finger Lakes Community College and DeSales High School.

McFadden was active in the community, including co-founding the Geneva Babe Ruth Baseball League and helping to establish the Irish-American Society of the Finger Lakes. He also was a longtime member of Sampson Air Force Veterans Association, president of the sports booster club for DeSales High School and, after his retirement from the credit union, was an avid 20-plus year volunteer at the Geneva Food Pantry. He also served as president of the Geneva Center of Concern, was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish, a 50-plus year member of the American Legion, a member of the Ontario County Retired Teachers Association, New York State Retired Teachers Association and the Father McHale Ancient Order of Hibernians.

McFadden is survived by his wife Constance; four children; several grandchildren; and many other family members. Memorials may be made to the Geneva Center of Concern.

Services for McFadden will be held Feb. 6 in Geneva. McFadden’s full obituary can be viewed here.

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