Eugene “Gene” E. Daunno of Kennett Square

Eugene “Gene” E. Daunno, 74, of Kennett Square, Wednesday, July 13, at his home surrounded by his family after a five-year battle with cancer.  He was the husband of Marie Pratt Daunno, with whom he shared 23 years of marriage.

Eugene “Gene” E. Daunno

Born in Orange, N.J., he was the son of the late Herman Daunno and Theresa Tolve Daunno. Gene graduated from King’s College with a bachelor's degree in marketing. His career included entrepreneurial endeavors, and he found his passion in sales management and training.

Gene was a longtime member of Willowdale Chapel.  He enjoyed serving on the tech team for Willowdale’s services as well as the tech team for the Celebrate Recovery ministry.  Gene also previously served as Willowdale’s liaison for Family Promise, coordinating logistics for families who needed a safe place to stay while experiencing homelessness. He was also actively involved for several years in the stage crew for the Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS).

He enjoyed camping with his wife and family, fishing, being on the water, music, playing card games, and joking around.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and was known for his dry wit. Gene was an avid supporter of his family and an adamant fan of his children’s and grandchildren’s sports and other activities.

In addition to his wife Marie, he is survived by his son Christian Daunno and his wife Carla of Wilmington, DE, his daughter, Chantel Brown and her husband Scott of West Grove, and their children Cameron and Payton. He is also survived by his daughter, Heather Cotignola-Pickens and her husband John-Michael of Harrisburg, and his son Christopher Cotignola and his wife Paige of Omaha, Neb. Additionally, he is survived by his sister Patricia Terantino and her husband Albert of Flanders, N.J., and his brother, Paul Daunno of Jefferson, Ga., as well as several nieces and nephews.

You are invited to visit with Gene’s family and friends from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Monday, July 18, at The Episcopal Church of the Advent, 401 N. Union St, Kennett Square, PA 19348. There will also be a viewing on Tuesday, July 19, from 10-11 a.m. at Willowdale Chapel, 675 Unionville Rd. Kennett Square, PA 19348, with his funeral service following at 11. Interment will be in New Garden Friends Cemetery.  Contributions in his memory may be made to Family Promise online at Please mention the donation is in memory of Gene Daunno.  Arrangements are by Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. of Kennett Square, PA (484-734-8100). To view his online obituary, please visit

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