Gary D. Szymanski
Gary D. Szymanski
  • July 11, 1936 - September 4, 2017
  • Clearwater, Florida

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Gary D. Szymanski, 81, passed away Monday September 4, 2017 in Clearwater, Florida. He was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Church.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Nataline, his son Michael A. (Deanna) Szymanski, his daughter Christine M. (P. Mark) Sealy and six grandchildren, Lauren (Jason) Walley, Heather (Matthew) Huff, Kayla (Dan) Bardales, Michael D. Szymanski, Alex Sealy and Riley Sealy. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Emily Simon, nephew Rob Simon, various cousins and aunts.

Gary was born in Toledo, Ohio, on July 11, 1936. He was a member of the band and played on the golf team at Macomber High School. He was an accomplished trumpet player in various dance bands around Toledo, including Jack Kalpelski and his Musical Bells and Jack remains a long time friend of Gary’s.

On Memorial Day 1955, he was seriously injured in a diving accident and was diagnosed a quadriplegic. After many months of hospitalization and further physical therapy in Fishersville, Virginia, he was able to walk with crutches and did so for 34 years before being confined to a wheelchair. After his physical therapy, he attended college at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama, and on May 30, 1965, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. He moved to Florida in 1970, worked for George Hunt Construction as Chief Accountant and then moved on to Hunter Blood Center where he was Chief Financial Officer for 18 years.

He was a devoted, kind and loving husband and father. He loved sports and enjoyed fishing and watching golf, football and baseball. He had a positive outlook on life and a wonderful sense of humor. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

A visitation with reception will be held at Sylvan Abbey United Methodist Church, 2817 Sunset Point Rd., Clearwater, Florida 33759, Friday, October 6, 2017, between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. followed with a Funeral Service at the church with The Rev. Deacon James Gibson officiating at the service. Gary’s remains will be interred at a later date