- 65 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 13, 1949
- Place of birth:
San Antonio, Texas, United States
- Date of passing: Jan 2, 2015
- Place of passing:
San Antonio, Texas, United States
|Let us remember Gary for the kindness, strength and love he shared with all of us. May no day go by without witnessing the legacy of his unwavering spirit.|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Gary Humphrey.
Gary was born October 13, 1949 in San Antonio, TX to James (Bill) and Patricia Humphrey and passed away January 2, 2015 in San Antonio, TX at the age of 65. Gary had endured a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. He grew up in a large, loving family with two brothers and two sisters. Gary graduated from LaSalle high school and attended college at St. Mary’s University, in San Antonio and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1971. Following his graduation he continued his career with Sears where he had started as intern. Gary would continue to work for Sears for a total of 44 years.
Gary met his wife Charlotte who also worked at Sears at the time. The two married on June 26, 1970. Gary’s career with Sears took Charlotte and the kids to Garland, TX; Houston, TX, Corpus Christi, TX, Fayetteville, AR and ultimately back to San Antonio before his final retirement in 2012.
Gary grew up loving all sports and playing most. As his kids grew up he enjoyed coaching them and being a spectator at their sports events. Gary loved bowling, golfing, fishing at Medina Lake, and taking his grandchildren to the movies. When diagnosed with cancer in 2012, he remained dedicated to his work and to his fight of his illness. He remained a brave, iron-willed man, even throughout his final months. His faith was strong and he never gave up hope he would be cured.
In his retirement, Gary reconnected with several groups of his friends from different times in his life including some of the La Salle alumni, Rho Beta Gamma fraternity brothers and fellow retired Sears colleagues. He enjoyed each of their regular breakfast meetings.
Gary was preceded in death by his father, James “Bill” Humphrey, and his grandparents. He is
survived by his wife of 44 years, Charlotte Turner Humphrey; daughters, Kerri Collison and her husband, John of Edmond, OK, Kristi De Young and husband, Tim of Melbourne, Australia; son, Kyle Humphrey and fiancée Stephanie Hatayama, of Oklahoma City, OK.; mother, Patricia Humphrey; grandchildren, Katelyn, Libby, Abbey, Jack, Turner, Caleb and Eli; brothers and their wives, Jeff & Tona Humphrey of San Antonio, James (Bo) & Tina Humphrey of Adkins; sisters and their husbands, Laurie & Kenneth Mikes of Cedar Park and Trisha and Darryl Mikes of La Vernia; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition he is also survived by his in-laws, Roy & Verna Turner, of San Antonio. Along with family, Gary will be missed by many friends and work family he acquired over his many years at Sears.
Gary was a faithful servant and parishioner of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. There will be a Catholic Memorial Mass and Celebration of his Life on Friday, January, 9, 2015, at 2:00PM, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 20523 Huebner Rd, San Antonio, TX 78258. All services will conclude in the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org).
Online Obituary: http://goo.gl/8w87Tv
"Darling wanted to tell you I Love You today !
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sweetheart !
Always in my heart and feel you beside me
All my love forever, Charlotte."
"Happy Birthday Dad. We made a special dessert tonight in your honor. Apple Betty! Miss you always."
"Now a year has passed and I miss you even more. I feel so bad because you had to suffer so much. You were so brave when you knew it would take you from us. I pray that your prayers were answered and you got to see your Dad and of course Our Lord. Till we meet again, I love you. Your Mom"
"Happy Birthday Gary. Can't believe it has been 9 months already. Just knowing that you are with God and you are at peace now makes all the difference. May you continue to watch over our families. Love you always!"
"Happy Birthday, son. I miss you so very much. It's been 8 months since God called you home. I think He did it to get you out of the terrible pain you were having. Don't forget to tell Him how much love we have for you both. I hope and pray that Heaven is all we could hope for. I hope you got your wish to see your Dad.I love you and miss you ."
I will try to be succinct as you are a man about which one could write a great deal.
I thank you for welcoming me so openly into your family and agreeing to let me marry your beautiful daughter Kristi - particularly when you knew this destined you and Charlotte to live apart from her
I thank you for all the chats we have had over the past 15 years on topics as serious as religion and football (which really are very similar where I come from), as well as slightly less serious topics such as work and family
I thank you for showing me what a fantastic father looks like and how one should act (I cannot express how lucky I am to have had two fantastic fathers in this respect)
I thank you for showing me how to love so strongly - not only for your children and wife but also for your extended family, including myself, as well
I thank you for your general wisdom and guidance and for all the memories of you that we will cherish for all our days
And finally, I thank you for simply being my friend - I truly love you Gary and whilst like many I will miss you so terribly, I know that I am blessed to have had you in my life
From your three loving grandsons (Turner, Caleb and Elias) and myself in Australia.
"Gary,my dear nephew,one of the sweetest guys in the world.Ever since I used to watch you at nanny and grandpas house,you were so darn cute,I just knew you would be a special person and everyone would love you.When you see your dad tell him I miss him so much and love him.Till we meet again rest in peace."
"A friend of mine sent me this poem and it is how I prefer to think of you now dad. With me always. Maybe some others will like it too. Xx
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die."
"I will remember all our good times and our bad. Although I don't think we had any bad, because I was the baby sister. :) I will never forget that you used to feed me waffles and maybe hamburger meat when you and Charlotte first were married. I stayed there a lot so I guess it must not have bothered me. I am going to miss your smile but will always see it thru the sunshine. There is no other love like the love for a brother. There is no other love like the love from a Brother. I love you !"
I can't find the words to express how I feel right now. Sad that you are gone, but happy that you no longer have to bear the pain from the terrible illness that you have endured over the last 2 1/2 years. As I have talked to Dad over the years, I may, and probably will, call upon you for advice from time to time. But it won't be about golf, as I have seen you play before.... :-) I love you Brother !!!
I'm not going to say good-bye, but instead I'm just going to say
"See You Later". Please put a good word in for me with God....just in case."
"Not a moment goes by that I don't think about you in heaven. I sat outside yesterday thinking back to our last visit and want you to know what that meant to me. We shared some old childhood memories. You mentioned that because of our age difference we never really had a chance to get close. You openly prayed with me and held my hand and at that moment I felt that we could have not been any closer. I loved our visit and that was a good day. God has blessed me with a wonderful memory of us that will be cherished a lifetime. Rest in peace my brother your work on earth is done. I love you."
"Gary, as my older cousin, you guided and helped me. I'll always remember your soothing voice and the many happy memories of us growing up together. You will always live in my heart and mind."
"I love you my first child. My heart is breaking that you are in Heaven because I can' see you, but someday we'll be together again. I miss you so much.,but I am glad you are not suffering any more. Love, love you."
"Gary I will miss you thank you for all you taught me and letting me have the honors of doing the pancreatic walk with you and your family.there are no words to describe a great man like you thank you rest in peace."
Where are the words to express my emotions... I have huge regret. I've missed you for so long. Missed seeing your smiling face at Grandma's on Christmas Eve. I miss your commanding voice and how it would take control of a room and demand attention even for just a quick joke.
You are A Man who inspires and was admired by many, myself included. You will and have always been one of the greatest, most selfless men in my life. I wish I could have allowed more time to spend with you.
You have raised your children very well in my eyes and have helped everyone around you grow into a better person. I can only aspire to be to your level of special.
I love you very much Uncle, and have missed you very much, you will never be far from my thoughts. Enjoy your true retirement! Rest with God! I'll see you when I get there! Love you, Cody"
"Gary I will miss you but never forget you.
I love you my Brother"
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