Gene Marchand

Eugene F. Marchand of North Falmouth, who had a long career in real estate and an even longer passion for photography and jazz music, has died at the age of 85. Mr. Marchand died August 29 at Falmouth Hospital.

He was born in Bristol, Connecticut, the son of Alice (Gershefski) Marchand and Gene M. Marchand and the youngest of their three children.

He met the woman who would become his first wife, Pat (Larue) Marchand, while photographing her for their high school yearbook. After high school he studied his avocation at the New York School of Photography, from which he graduated with honors.

While he was a student in New York, he soaked up the jazz scene in the city, listening to the musicians of the day in the small clubs he would frequent. Mr. Marchand and the trumpet player Henry “Red” Allen became friends and Mr. Marchand made his portrait.

He ran his own photography studio in the late 1950s and early 1960s before he changed careers in the latter part of the 1960s. He founded Laurel Associates, a residential-commercial real estate firm in Farmington, Connecticut, and operated the business for decades. He also participated in local politics and managed several political campaigns.

A business brief from the Enterprise archives of June 1994 reported that Mr. Marchand had joined The Buyer Brokerage of Osterville and noted that he “has developed condominium and resort properties in Vermont and on Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod, including the Sea Crest Resort and Conference Center in North Falmouth.”

Other projects he worked on were Capewind in Falmouth and The Cove in Orleans. In the final phase of his career Mr. Marchand returned to local real estate.

His time at Century 21 Cape Associates on Davis Straits garnered top awards when, in early 2000, Mr. Marchand was presented with the Centurion award at the Century 21 Gold Ball Gala held in Boston. The statue is given to the top real estate sales agents across the country. He was recognized again in 2005 when he received the Master’s Award for being among the top producers nationwide for the Century 21 System.

Most recently Mr. Marchand was a part of the team at Sotheby’s.

He was a natural storyteller and had a fondness for jokes; throughout his life he shared anecdotes based on his earlier years. Many of his customers became lifelong friends.

Mr. Marchand was a founding member of the Falmouth Realtors Scholarship Fund, an organization that has awarded more than $50,000 to local graduating high school seniors.

He also was a member of VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools), for which he served in its mentoring program.

He was an avid reader and loved good food, whether it was his own gourmet cooking or finding it during a visit to a new restaurant. He had extensive knowledge about classic movies. Mr. Marchand also enjoyed basketball and baseball and supported local teams as well as the community theater performances and concerts that he would attend with his wife.

He spent his final two years at Royal Megansett Nursing & Retirement Home.

He leaves his wife of 35 years, Joan M. (Isherwood) Marchand; three children, Lisa Allen of East Falmouth, Lauren Mainuli of Bristol, Connecticut, and Gene M. Marchand of East Falmouth; two stepdaughters, Lynn O’Neal of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and Jill Cardullo of Chester, New Jersey; and five grandchildren, Kayla Mainuli, Eli Mainuli, Amelia Allen, Jakob O’Neal and Analise Cardullo.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, September 14, at 11 AM at North Falmouth Congregational Church. A reception will follow.

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