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Gene Fodor Passed Away Feb 17, 2018

Sad News - Gene Fodor Passed Away

The following information was graciously supplied by Gary Monto:

It is with heavy heart that I must inform you that Sensei Gene Fodor passed away at his home on Feb. 17th. Gene served in the Marine Corps and the Air Force before joining the Police Department.

Gene was a retired Toledo Police Officer with 32 years of service. Gene was an 8th degree Black Belt in both Judo and Ju Jitsu, having studied for over fifty years. Gene was a member of the USJA Board of Directors, as well as serving on the USJA ethics committee. He was also a world champion weight lifter, earning several Gold medals throughout the world. He later became a senior judge in weight lifting competitions.

Funeral arrangements – Viewing:  Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 2 to 8 PM at Blanchard-Strabler Funeral Home, 1163 W. Sylvania Ave, Toledo, OH 43612.  Church service will be Saturday at 11:00AM at Calvin United Church of Christ 1946 Bakewell Street, Toledo, OH 43605.  Internment will follow at Willow Cemetary, 1941 Pickle Road, Oregon, OH 43616.  Wake to follow at the Hungarian Club of Toledo, 224 Paine Avenue, Toledo, OH  43605


Gary L. Monto
American Academy of Martial Arts / Judan Judo
President / Head Instructor
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Note from OJI President Russ Scherer:

I am saddened to hear we have lost yet another Judo leader from Ohio.  A former member of Ohio Judo, Inc., Gene often participated in OJI activities and was a driving force in the development of Judo in the Toledo area through the Judan Judo of Toledo with Gary Monto.  From their participation in a small referee clinic at my home, through many state meetings and tournaments, to the hosting of several USJA national events, Gene and Gary have been there to support Judo development.  Gene will be missed and our thoughts and prayers will be with his family, his club and his many friends.


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