- 77 years old
- Date of birth: May 31, 1937
- Date of passing: Sep 21, 2014
|Let the memory of Ivan be with us forever|
"love you Dad"
"Happy Birthday DAD ! Miss you
Love Kathi. May 31 2015"
"Gary was such a quiet and kind person. When visiting his and Ginger's home I saw the love and devotion he showed her. He also had a great love for the Boy Scouts of America and that in itself tells that he was a very good person. Helping others! I watched Gary and Ron Vinatieri spend hours sharing their scouting memorabilia with each other. Happy birthday Gary."
Dad I do not think words would be adequate to express my feelings at your passing. Its one of those truly bittersweet moments in my life. I will miss you a great deal, but I celebrate that you are in a better placeand in Gods hands.
Dad I hope you know that I think of you often. Please know you are never far from my heart, that you will live there everyday until I see you agan.
You were a great Dad, Grandfather,& Great-Grandfathe, only a few of the many hats you wore during my life. I am blessed to have had such a wonderful man in my life. You were always there for me you are my Hero
I love you so much ! Love Katherine"
"Ginger, Kathi, Gary and Family. I have many fond memories of Gary " Mr. Kaufman". He taught us a lot during our scouting trips. Remember all of the good times and relish those memories as they will help you thru this very difficult times. Sending you all prayers and hugs, Karry"
"Ginger, we were so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. He was such a kind and gentle man, we always enjoyed having him at the reunions and Alan loved sitting and going over old times with him. Our loving thoughts are with you and the family. This site is a beautiful tribute to him."
"Sorry to hear Gary passed. He was always a gentle and kind person with a huge happy smile on his face. A positive person that I knew in high school, and at our PHS55 reunions. Now we have our reunions every year. Getting old. Will miss Gary. I am a Christian, so, hope to see him in Heaven. God bless all of Gary's family and friends. Richard H. Shepard."
"Dear Ginger and Family, I know your loss of Gary was devastating for all of you. Please always know that I am here for you. You are a dear, dear friend. I didn't know Gary very well but did see how much he loved to share his Boy Scout memorabilia with Ron Vinatieri. Anyone could see he deeply loved you and his family. Dixie"
"To Ginger and family: My sincere condolences in your loss and sorrow at this time. May God help to quickly heal the profound sense of sadness and emptiness you are experiencing."
"Sorry to hear of Gary's passing. We will miss him at our class get togethers. We'll remember him as a kind man and as a fellow "red devil". who was loved and respected by his family and friends. Mike and Marilyn McLeod"
"Gary will be missed by so many but remembered for the nice man he surely was. He was always ready to help out where ever he was needed, I am proud to have known him. RIP Gary, Leah"
"Gary was one of the best. We served on many Boy Scout training courses and had many years of great scouting activities together.
He will be dearly missed by young and older friends. The scouting symbol for going home is a circle with a dot in the middle. He has now joined Troop #1 up above. God Bless Gary. Travel well."
"This journey through life, brings through a variety of zigs and zags. Uncle Gary, had a great impact on me through both my childhood and even to the present. I remember many a xmas or family get together and as a a child his similarity to Grandpa Ivan and as I got older his whit and sense of humor. His love for what some may say as off color jokes, I say thank God we have the same sense of humor. I remember him giving me a "Dud" bullet from his days at GD as a kid and thought that was the best thing ever. He blessed me later with some of his Boy Scout books. I am so glad we were able to share our love for Scouting together as it always gave us something to talk about. I will miss him."
""It's sad when the people who gave you the best memories, become a memory. Sometimes you'll never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory." - Unknown My Grandfather helped to give me some of my best memories as a child. He unselfishly helped to raise my sister and I and made life decisions around that decision, for that I am forever grateful. I know I did not always make his life easy but he was always there with a soft heart letting me know he was on my team. He let me get my first dog which I know he didn't really want. I'm positive the dog did not teach me the lessons he had hoped, like taking care of something and being "responsible", but what that dog did do for me was let me know how much I meant to my Grandpa and my happiness and wants came before his own. He gave me a great love for the past and family. I always found comfort in his words and love for his family roots. I know I will miss these stories even though I thought I heard them a million times, and couldn't possibly hear them anymore. He taught me an appreciation for travel and knowing a places history, I loved our road trips and things I was so fortunate to experience with him. He saw beauty and value even in places like the barren desert of Death Valley, California. He taught me sometimes the grocery store is a fun place to get libations and sweets and not just food. Grocery shopping with him was always fun and a lot shorter, sorry Grandma. He was a strong man with even stronger convictions and I am going to miss him dearly. He was the patriarch of my family, and with him I felt safe, and knew everything would work out. My grandfather instilled a lot values in me and provided me with countless stories and memories, and I am so thankful to have these to remember him by. I found a quote from John Wayne that said "Life is tough, but its tougher when you're stupid." and it made me laugh because although I cant not remember him saying this, this is exactly something he would say. So with that Grandpa or as Paige would say Papa I promise to not live life so stupidly, I might be doing things a little late and a whole lot out of order I will live life with you always in my heart. I will pass the stories you told me onto Paige and show her a thousand and one pictures, and makes sure she can know you as much as possible. I love you to the moon and back thank you for fighting as long as you did, your fight was valiant and brave and strong. Until we meet again. XOXOXO"
"I was very saddened by the passing of Gary. I did not know him well but what I remember the most is he always had a smile. Sending prayers to the family. Love Gracie"
"Gary was so kind and gentle to people. A true testament of people should treat one another. I will miss him very much. I enjoyed listening to his stories about childhood or the coast guard. I'll never forget his sense of humor when he would choose cards to send for holidays and other special occasions."
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