Gary was born October 4th, 1930 in Gainesboro, Tennessee. At the age of 15 he joined many Tennesseans as they headed north to find work. Gary worked at the Biltmore Hotel in Dayton, Ohio until they discovered his age and sent him home. Five years later he again journeyed north to Detroit, working many jobs until he became a mechanic. Training in Germany at Mercedes-Benz, Gary became a specialist in repairing their sports cars, and other foreign imports. He opened Stockton Auto Service specializing in foreign car repairs just off Chalmers and Mack. As racial tensions mounted in Detroit during the late 60’s, Gary moved north to Wawa, Ontario with his wife Myrto, and children in 1973. There they owned and operated Camp Michi-Wawa until the early 1990’s. Gary continued working with cars, and was well known as one of Wawa’s best mechanics, and transmission rebuilders. Gary was also one of Wawa’s last private pilots, enjoying flying the area in his Piper Supercub. Gary taught all his children and grandchildren the joys of fishing and hunting, as well as sharing his green thumb of gardening. We will remember his stories.
Visitation will be at the Gilmartin Funeral Home, 140 Churchill Avenue., Wawa on Tuesday, April 26th from 2 – 4 p.m. and in the evening from 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Christopher at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27th at St. Monica’s Catholic Church, Wawa with interment at Woodland Cemetery.