Gary, a loving son, brother and uncle, a man who was loved by all who knew him, quietly and unexpectedly left this earthly world behind on Aug 24, 2020. Although we are deeply saddened by his passing, we are hopeful that he is in a better place. Gary was wheelchair-bound and had little mobility and less with each passing year, but never complained. He had to leave the home he loved and went to Courtland Rehab center, where he reluctantly accepted his fate and came to love many of the staff and residents where he resided for almost a decade. He always looked forward to our weekly visits including many cousins and especially when his nieces and nephews visited.
Sadly, due to the COVID-19 and safety precautions we were unable to visit him for almost six months, and then just prior to his passing we were able to visit outside with social distancing, not knowing it would be the last time we would see him.
Some may remember him when he was young, always working; he was a capable carpenter, he had experience in all phases of construction. He was a gifted mason, he built a gorgeous chimney for his parents’ chalet, and a stone chimney in his own house. He built his own garage! Most importantly, he would do anything he could for his family and friends. Gary loved music and children. When we tragically lost our sister, Laurie, he stepped up and helped daily with her young children.
It brings family members some comfort to think that Gary may be reuniting with loved ones who have gone before him. No longer suffering and lonely, but reuniting with his beloved brother Barry, wonderful Sister Laurie, his incredible mother Hilda, and of course his dad! He is finally out of that wheelchair and dancing with the angels!
There will be a remembrance service Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery on Route 180 in Otis. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 20.