Monday, March 23, 2015

Eugene G. Nye

Newberry, SC - Eugene G. Nye, 85, passed away March 20, 2015 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness. He was born November 17, 1929, in Wellsville, the son of the late Lyle E. and Ethel M. (Gardner) Nye. On April 11, 1953, he married Veronica Ludden, who predeceased him on March 11, 2010.

He was a 1947 graduate of Wellsville High School. He served in the US Army for three years. For years he owned and operated Nye "Best Buy" Auto Sales in Wellsville. In later years he was employed by Palmer Airmotive in Wellsville; retiring in 1992. One of his many hobbies over the years was owning and maintaining his 1967 Amphicar. He loved spending time with his family. He was a devoted husband and loving father who also served his community as a member of the Scio Lions Club and the Wellsville American Legion. He was an avid golfer and was a long time member of the Wellsville Country Club.

Surviving are three sons, Rodney (Diane) Nye of Chapin, SC, Daniel (Michele) Nye of Irmo, SC and Gregory (Laura) Nye of Newberry SC, one daughter, Suzanne (Lloyd) Bennett, of Olean, NY, 10 grandchildren, Chad (Ebony) Nye, Amanda Nye, Samantha (Glenn) Phillips, Jesse Nye, Danielle Nye, Tyler Nye, Jay (Alecia) Bennett, Shaun Bennett, Rick Nye, and Alexis Nye, four great-grandchildren, and a brother-in-law, Raymond McClure of St. Petersburg, Florida. He was also predeceased by his sister, Patricia McClure.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 25th at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. Entombment with military honors will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial suggestions include the Catholic Charities Appeal or the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Gene was a wonderful person. I grew up knowing him and his family as they were our neighbors on Hanover St. for many years. He and Johnny Fagan would work tirelessly on cars in Gene's garage. I would sneak over at night and sit in a yellow Studebaker convertible that my father eventually bought. I have great memories of all his kids too. I offer them my heartfelt condolences. I feel sad to see the good time pass.

  2. Gene was a great neighbor when we were growing up on Hanover Street. It seemed he always had a car in the garage to work on and I remember the block parties they had in the garage. He and my Dad bowled together on Monday night and usually split a six pack afterwards if they could afford it. Probably sometimes even if they couldn’t afford it. He and your family showed up at our dock on Rushford lake one week-end afternoon in the amphicar with the top down and the waves lapping just about an inch below the top of the doors. I truly believed at the time that Gene was crazy. Turns out he was shrewd. Those cars are quite valuable now. Please accept my condolences on your loss.