Eugene Knapp, 96, a resident of Painted Post for many years and subsequently of Simpsonville, SC died on September 26, 2015 with his wife Madeline and two sons, Gene and Robert nearby.\nA memorial mass was offered up at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Simpsonville on Monday, September 28th with four generations of family members in attendance. Following the service, everyone gathered for a luncheon at the Knapp residence where they shared many experiences, laughs and tears held dear to all. \n \nGene was born December 17, 1918, in Rochester, NY to Walter and Annabelle Knapp and was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Walter Knapp of Martha's Vineyard, MA; a sister, Geraldine Mogenhan of Rochester, NY; and a son, Clement Knapp of Corning. He was a graduate of Rochester's Aquinas Institute and was conferred with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester. Shortly after graduation, Gene enlisted in the US Navy where he served as a First Lieutenant aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, the flagship of the Pacific Fleet during WW II.\n\nFor many years prior to leaving for Simpsonville, SC in 2004 to live closer to their grandchildren, Gene and Madeline lived at 59 East Fourth Street in Corning and later moved to Woodland Park in Painted Post. After completing his service in the Navy, Gene worked at Corning Paper Company and later accepted a position with Corning Packaging Company where he continued his employment until retirement. During his tenure with Corning, Gene's work led him to be the recipient of over a dozen patents. \n\nGene attended St. Joseph Catholic Parish in Campbell, NY. He was active in a variety of greater Corning area civic endeavors including helping found the Optimist Club Boys Club as well as being a member of both the Lions and Elks Clubs. \n\nAmong his many interests were family, world travel, finish woodworking, reading and figuring out how to fix things that others deemed "Unfixable". Gene's love of working with wood resulted in his creating many fine furniture pieces including clocks, cradles for his grandchildren and great grandchildren, plus building two boats . . . A 16' sailboat and 21' cabin cruiser. \n\nGene is survived by his loving wife, Madeline; his two sons, Gene (Jane) Knapp and Robert (Ginger) Knapp; six grand-children - Kara (Knapp) Tufts, Heather (Knapp) Gibson, Robert Knapp, Jr., Heidi (Knapp) Burnett, Ryan Knapp and Michael Knapp including their respective spouses; and nine great-grandchildren - Emma and Jackson Knapp; Spencer, Madeline and Lilly Burnett; Abigail and Claire Knapp; Charles Knapp; and Rosalie Tufts.\n\nGene is interred at St. Mary's Cemetery in Corning in the family plot.