Obituary Details

Eugene Edward Sekora

February 28, 1953 - November 20, 2018

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Mass

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St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Date:
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Service Time:
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

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Eugene Edward Sekora Jr., 65, of Raleigh, North Carolina, was born in Warren, Ohio. He was the eldest of four children born to Laura Elizabeth Crawford Sekora and Eugene Edward Sekora Sr.

Eugene, who went by the names “Gene, Eddie, or Sensei” died from Acute Myeloid Leukemia on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at Duke University Hospital with his family by his side.

Gene was a veteran of the US Marine Corp (active duty from 1972-1976). He then graduated from Kent State University in 1980 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. For over 30 years Gene worked as a Performance Analyst at the IBM Corporation. Gene was also a 6th degree Black Belt in Isshin-Ryu earning him title of Rokudan and a 4th Degree Black Belt in Aikido which earned him the title Shihan. Before his death, Gene bravely battled cancer and a blood disorder since 2007.

Gene is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Dawn Sekora; eldest Son, Marc Sekora; youngest son Christopher Sekora (Christina); his grandson, Jackson Sekora; his siblings, brother Joe Sekora and sisters, Pauline Sekora and Christine Sekora. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Laura and Eugene Sekora.

A memorial mass will take place on Saturday, March 8th 2019 at the St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 1:00 p.m.

Family request memorial donations be made to the V Foundation https://www.jimmyv.org

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Posted by:
Cheryl Barker
Posted on:
December 9, 2018
Lit a candle in memory of Eugene Edward Sekora
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Steve Mayer
Posted on:
December 4, 2018
There is a martial arts phrase that is Gene Sekora - Indomitable spirit... This was the best quote I could find that defines what I feel when I hear these words. "Breaking it down, indomitable means incapable of being overcome, subdued or vanquished. Spirit has a variety of meanings: the soul; the animating life force; the part of a person associated with the mind, will and feelings; strong loyalty and dedication. Spirit also means to impart courage and determination. Put together, indomitable spirit is that part of a person which makes them unique, that part of a person which provides hope, strength and courage to get up and face each day with a smile. Indomitable spirit is perseverance on a long term basis." Who can read these words and not think of Gene? I was very fortunate to know Gene, work with him and most importantly, call him my friend. As I told our IBM family when I shared news of his passing - Gene was the toughest, gentle man I ever had the good fortune to meet. I will miss you my friend...
Posted by:
Melody Clark
Posted on:
December 2, 2018
Eugene "Sensei" Sekora taught Ishinryu at the United Martial Arts Center. I first met him at St. Francis of Assisi where we just happened to start chatting and I learned of his interest in teaching martial arts. He joined our school and became a favorite and highly respected instructor. He was a perfect example of what a martial arts master should be. He was kind and caring of all his students, and an overall really good man.
I feel privileged to have known him.
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Robbie Harris
Posted on:
December 1, 2018
Gene Sekora was a great friend and a great person. In all of my time working with Gene I never heard him speak harshly to another person, or negatively about another person, or participate in gossip, and, I never heard anyone speak negatively about him. Another thing that made him special was that he was always improving himself and helping others to do the same. When he was too exhausted to fully participate in class but still showed up to the school, he’d pull a chair up beside the mat and patiently help the lower ranks refine their techniques. Gene was an excellent martial artist in his own right. More than once I've told a new student that Gene could put his fist through them, he just didn't want to. He could easily have opened his own Karate school, but he chose to humble himself and start over with a different art taught by a younger guy with less experience. The most difficult long term goal for most martial artists is to overcome his or her own ego, which he had already accomplished before I met him. Gene was always willing to cast aside his own opinions and genuinely listen to what was being said by others. It reminds me of a quote by The Dalai Lama — “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” Even as a Shihan in both Aikido and Karate, which is the highest title awarded, he would take on the menial tasks of taking role, vacuuming the mats, rolling up the mats, teaching etiquette to new students, or anything that he noticed needed to be done. Sensei Roy Suenaka, the head of our Aikido organization and one of the most renowned martial artists in the world, upon discovering Gene wouldn’t be returning to camp, gave Gene an honorary Shihan title. This was the only time I’ve heard of such a high rank being awarded as a “special promotion.” Sensei had wanted to formally test him 2 years prior but things didn’t work out. Sekora Shihan held our school together when there was no one else who could. At times he was the only student and other times he was the only teacher. Gene Sekora Shihan was an amazing person and we’re all better for having had him in our lives. We will miss him greatly.
Posted by:
Brenda Berry
Posted on:
November 30, 2018
He was a smart, kind, a great personality. I had the honor to know him and his family since 2001. Rest in peace Gene.
Posted by:
Laura Casey
Posted on:
November 30, 2018
Lit a candle in memory of Eugene Edward Sekora
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pam quinn
Posted on:
November 29, 2018
Lit a candle in memory of Eugene Edward Sekora
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Linda Morris
Posted on:
November 29, 2018
Prayers to the family. I went to school with him and he was always a great person.
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