That’s the greeting Gene (Michaels) Free always gave anyone he ever met. It was never just a casual greeting, his was always full of meaning, truth and concern. He really wanted to know how you were. That’s how big Gene’s heart was, so full of love.
“I can’t think of a single person who crossed paths with Gene over his long and incredibly successful career who didn’t find him to be among the kindest, smartest, and gentlest of human beings,” said Ben Mevorach, Director of News & Programming for 1010 WINS. “Everything he touched, everyone he met, everything he did was better because of him.”
Then Gene was diagnosed with cancer and the battle for his life began.
With little concern for himself and his health, Gene fought so hard to make sure he did not worry his family about his medical expenses. Even through his physically and mentally draining battle, he always wanted to make sure everyone, especially his family, were still doing OK. As the bills racked up, Gene racked up the jobs to keep paying them off, anchoring for 1010 WINS and Fox News Radio and teaching at Five Towns College and St. John’s University. Sometimes working shifts back-to-back, napping on an office couch between shifts and not making his trek home for days on end to his loving family.
The cancer had other plans for Gene. In May, 2017, he tragically lost his fight.
Now, Gene’s family needs our love and heart felt support. This memorial page will help raise money for his wife, Stephanie and daughter Samantha, to pay for his medical expenses and costs left behind. Let's come together to take care of this worrisome mountain of expenses, so that Stephanie and Samantha can turn their energy from worry to healing themselves in a world without Gene. Let’s make his family better because of us, in honor of Gene.
You can read more about Gene’s life and career here:
1010 WINS Anchor Gene Michaels Dies After Long Battle With Cancer
Memorial Page for Mr. Gene "Michaels" Free
Honoring the Memory of My Brother