- August 20, 1937 - November 30, 2016
- Wayland, Massachusetts
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“I have just found out about the passing of Hank and am Saddened by the news. Hank was an X-Father in Law of mine. Although I never actually...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Steve Basile - Westminster, MA
“Lisa and Doug,I was so sad to hear of your father's passing. Mr. G was by far my favorite teacher in Needham. He was so patient and kind and always...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Lynn Kelly - Needham, MA
“Dear Doug and Lisa,I worked with you dad at both Newman and Pollard. Hank was "one of the good guys". He loved teaching, he loved joking around and...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: A friend
“I was so sorry to hear of Hank's passing. My Mother in Law lives at Sunrise in Wayland and I soon realized that Hank was a fixture in the TV room...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: David Camacho - Natick, MA
“Dear Lisa & Doug,Your father and I met in kindergarten at the Hyde School in Newton Highlands and he was my best pal right up through college and...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: kenneth stevens - bogota, NJ
“Doug, I am sorry to hear of your recent loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Dad.
6 of 26 | Posted by: Tony Damico - New York, NY
“Dear Doug and Lisa,Truly saddened to hear of the passing of your Dad. I had him as a teacher, and then years later my daughters had him as a teacher...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Paul Buckley - Kezar Lake, ME
“I loved Mr.G. I think he told me the shaggy, shaggy, shaggy, dog joke a million times. I loved him as a homework teacher. He truly will be missed....Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Andria DeSimone - Wellesley, MA
“Our paths in life met for "just moments" Aug.-Nov., 2016. His smile, Special chuckle, and kindness never to be forgotten! The 1st days of Assisted...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Elaine & Ralph Wegener
“My deepest condolences to Doug and Lisa. I had your father for math at Newman Jr High in the late 70's and I remember his smile and belly laugh. What...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Teresa Feher - Trumbull, CT
“So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr.Genaske. I also had Mr.Genaske at Newman Junior High School. Math was not one of my best subjects but Mr...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Diane Ray (Looney) - MA
“So sorry to hear about your loss. He was the best teacher I ever had.
13 of 26 | Posted by: Jack Walsh - Lee, NH
“Doug,So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Joe Surprenant
14 of 26 | Posted by: Joe Surprenant - Groton, MA
“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I worked with Hank at Luther Burbank School. I was in the library, and every day Hank would come in...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Cindy Erle - Boylston, MA
“Hank and I taught together for many years at Newman Junior High School. Our classrooms were adjoining. You described the Hank I knew very well. He...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Fred Tirrell - Needham, MA
“Our deepest sympathies to your family!Christlieb's
17 of 26 | Posted by: A friend
“Everything said in this obituary was TRUE. As a student he touch me, got me to learn, and motivated. Mr. G was a great teacher!
18 of 26 | Posted by: Jeffrey Lieb - Needham, MA
“So sad to hear of your dads passing. He was such a great man! Full of personality .... And my favorite teacher!!! Thinking of you both Doug and Lisa...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Annmarie Murphy Salemy
“God Bless you Mr. G. I still remember some of your really horrible jokes. You made school fun when I needed that. Rest in peace.
20 of 26 | Posted by: Mike Francis - needham, MA
“I have fond memories of Mr. Genaske, some 40 years after taking his 8th grade class.I believe it was he that once described futile efforts to prove a...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Peter Gollub
“We both always enjoyed our conversations we had with Hank. They were always Interesting and enjoyable.He loved the Cape as we did,the beaches,the...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Dottie Pinkham - Lynn, MA
“Thank you, Mr G, for showing me exactly what to look for when seeking a GREAT teacher. May you now rest. We'll do the math from here. ❤
23 of 26 | Posted by: Laura Muckerheide - Needham, MA
“Mr. G made math fun when not many other teachers knew how! Rest in peace.
24 of 26 | Posted by: Joe C.
“I had Mr Genaske as a math teacher in Grade 8. He was also a neighbor and a wonderful person. I have such fond memories of him and his sense of...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Jane Lueders
“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. G. I was a student of his at Newman Junior High in the 1970's, as well as a neighbor. He was one of the...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Warren Barnes - Northborough, MA
Albert H. "Hank" Genaske of Wayland, formerly of Needham, on Nov 30, 2016 age 79 passed away peacefully after a short illness at the Sunrise Assisted Living facility surrounded by family and friends.
Hank was born August 20, 1937 to the late Albert Superior Genaske of Newton and the late Katherine Stewart (Clifford) Genaske of Grand Forks, North Dakota. He was raised in Newton Highlands with his sister, the late Marion (Genaske) Robbins of Griffin Georgia. He attended Newton public schools and graduated from Newton North.
He completed a year of prep school at Fryeburg Academy (where he later returned to teach summer school), before going on to earn his undergraduate and masters degrees in Education from Northeastern University. He proudly served his country as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army.
He was a legendary math teacher known as "Mr. G" in the Needham public schools for over 40 years, where he was beloved by students for his fun and inventive ways of teaching 8th grade math. Upon retirement he worked part-time as a teaching assistant and substitute teacher for Nashoba Valley public schools.
He was an outdoorsman who loved the wilderness of Northern Maine. In addition to his annual fly fishing trips he spent many summers since childhood at his family camp on Kezar Lake in Lovell, Maine. His favorite pastimes were fishing, bicycling, hiking, golfing, as well as playing cards with friends. He was a passionate dog lover, and since moving to Sunrise in 2013 enjoyed taking long daily walks with Buddy the resident dog, whom he 'adopted' as his own. He was an avid Patriots, Bruins and Red Sox fan, and did his best to never miss a game.
He was a survivor of a debilitating bicycle accident in 2010. It is a blessing to his family and friends, and a credit to his hard work and determination that he made a miraculous recovery, which allowed him to make the most of every moment the last several years.
Hank always had a smile on his face, a wicked twinkle in his eye, and a contagious belly laugh. He was known for his jokes (not all of them funny), and touched so many people with his kindness and gentle nature.
He is survived by his loving children; son Doug, and wife Katie (Clark) Genaske of Natick, daughter Lisa (Genaske) Pinkham and Gary Pinkham of Reading, and devoted grandchildren; Olivia, Nick, Sarah, Will, Dougie and Kimmie, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and dear friends.
A memorial service will be held at the Congregational Church of Needham, 1154 Great Plain Ave, Needham, on Friday December 9, 2016 at 10:00am.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in Hank's memory to Lovell Recreation Playground Fund PO Box 236 Center Lovell, ME 04016