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Gary Gerald Garrett

Gary Garrett, 71, passed away on Friday, March 19th, 2021, at his home surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer – which he did with strength, grace, and one of his hallmarks, humor. In the later stages of his life, Gary found peace perched within the verdant green canopy of his back patio garden. The garden served as another hallmark of his life on display: his penchant for giving his time, attention, care, and focus to that and those around him - creating the conditions for all to flourish.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel; his four children, Aaron and his wife Kenni, Andy, Adam and his wife Eleni, and Aimee; and his three grandchildren, Cooper, Cameran, and Alistair. He is predeceased by his mother, Betty Garrett, and his beloved dogs Wally, Baxter, and Otis.

Born May of 1949 in Genoa, NY, Gary accomplished great feats of love, humility, humor, and learning over his life.

Gary was an amateur archaeologist, specializing in local Native American History, his research and many local discoveries having been cited in several published books. He was a musician with a great love for and mastery of the guitar - and, in his younger years, singing. He performed in various locations across New York State in the 1970s and maintained his love for music throughout his life. He was an entrepreneur, having started and scaled a small business, Libertyville Precision, with his wife, Hazel, and son, Andy. A business he owned and operated for 20 years and that served to buoy his family along with many others in the community.

Gary was a private man, and at times said little – but always gave much. Those who knew him best, as well as those who knew him through the chance encounter or intermittent interaction, universally remember him as someone that lived without fear. Loved without condition. Learned voraciously. And, always lent his full self to others in need..

His sharp wit and generous spirit will be deeply missed.

There will be no formal services and his family appreciates any contributions made to Hospicare, in honor of Gary – and to life, well-lived.

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Dear Aunt Hazel, Aaron, Andy, Adam, Aimee, Cooper, Cam and Alistair:

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort during this difficult time. I look back fondly on all the memories I have of Gary playing with the dogs and showing off his collection of artifacts. He was such a funny, strong, and giving person.


Amber Ruther Mar 28 2021 12:00 AM

Hazel, I'm so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. I remember him as a friend, devoted husband and father and a great,
fun guy to be around. Always loved his guitar playing and have good memories of him playing on State St. in Ithaca.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family.
Paul Bontempi

Paul M. Bontempi Mar 27 2021 12:00 AM

From Doug and Sue Morgan
We are so very sorry for the loss of this great guy.
He was an outstanding businessman, musician, dad, grandfather, husband, and friend. He always amazed us in his endless energy.
We hold all of you in our hearts, Hazel, Aaron,Kenni, Alistair, Andy, Betsy, Adam and Eleni, Aimee, Cooper and Cameron. We are making a donation in memory and homor of Gary. to Hospicare.

Doug and Sue Morgan Mar 24 2021 12:00 AM

Hazel and family,
We are so very heartbroken at the loss of Gary. So many memories of the times we spent together. Card games, football games, and metal detecting with Larry
Also, your generosity of the many Indian items you gave to him. We both will miss you, but know that you are at peace.
Sending prayers to all of you at this sad time.
Love Larry and Ann June

Ann and Larry June Mar 24 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Hazel, Aaron, Andy, Adam, Aimee, Coop, Cam & Alistair:
So sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you all. Gary was a good brother-in-law, and a wonderful man.

Claudia Ruther Mar 24 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Gary's passing, I went to school with him in Genoa, and worked with him at Deanco. He was a quiet person, but had a great sense of humor. He will be missed.

Connie M Wilcox Mar 23 2021 12:00 AM