Gary was a true blue, no bullshit, blue collar guy. He drove a pick-up and wore a tool-belt because he had technical skills and expertise. People called on him to fix things or install something or do what they didn't know how to do. Gary wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty, but make no mistake about it, he had class, decency, street smarts, a level head and a big heart.
He was also the best beer league softball short stop I ever saw. He could backhand the ball deep in the hole and throw you out with a laser to first while still on his knees. I know this because I saw it many times. He adored his wife, my sister Anne, and was devoted to his children, Hillary and Leonard, and his grandson Cameron. Gary will be greatly missed, and I will cherish his friendship all my remaining days. He was 49.