JENSEN BEACH, Fla. -- One Treasure Coast man has become a common sight at Jensen Beach’s Indian Riverside Park.
He spends many mornings serenading park guests with his Saxophone.
But, if you stop and ask why he plays, he’ll tell you it’s for a much deeper love than just his love of music.
Gene Curivan been playing almost every morning at the park for 8 years, shortly after his wife, Pat, passed away.
“She was my soul mate,” Curivan said.
Pat bought him his first Saxophone many years ago after he heard someone playing the Saxophone on T.V.
“For Christmas, she gave it to me. And that was it.”
Pat was diagnosed with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy when she was 28-years-old.
She lived longer than expected, but died in her late 50s after more than 40 years of marriage.
The two were married when they were 17- and 19- years-old.
“I miss her a great deal,” Curivan said.
He stopped playing for some time to care for Pat before she died. But before she passed, she told Gene ,“Gene, maybe now you can become the Saxophone player you want,” Curivan explained.
Since then, that’s been his main focus. Sticking to her wish, hoping that in occasion someone will stop not just to compliment his playing, but give him another chance to tell them about who he’s playing for.