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“Hey Gary, I hope the fires of hell aren't as hot as they say they are. Cheers mate! ”
1 of 83 | Posted by: Ebola Boy - Plano, TX - gooma

“Gary, what I'll miss most... Waking each morning knowing you were there by my side. Looking into those beautiful brown eyes as if it were the very...Read More »
2 of 83 | Posted by: Cathy Pennycuff - Rowlett, TX

“Gary will be so dearly missed. I remember most, simply, a great man. A man who was so willing to share his knowledge and experience with others. I...Read More »
3 of 83 | Posted by: Fiona McNamara - ROWlett, TX

“Cathy, I am truly sorry for your loss. Gary was a good man, and I wish we had more time to cultivate a deeper relationship. He will be missed by many...Read More »
4 of 83 | Posted by: Jonathan Mazur - Dallas, TX

“Gary was one in a million. I will always cherish the memories of the "adventures" we had back at the Dallas Taste of the Nation and the Plano Shrine...Read More »
5 of 83 | Posted by: Jim Pipkin - Carrollton, TX

First time Gary come to hunt with us. “Gary was the first guy that booked a hunt with me when I opened Mesquite Ridge Outfitters. We could talk for hours about hunting, guns and dogs. Any...Read More »
6 of 83 | Posted by: Jas Kalsi - hunting buddy

“Cathy, was I deeply saddned to hear about Gary's passing. He was one of my best friends. I first met Gary when he was 14. We shared the same passion...Read More »
7 of 83 | Posted by: Burl Dooley - Grand Prairie, TX

“I had the chance to meet Gary back in 1997 when I first started with American Eagle Airlines. Later he did business with my wife. Gary was a...Read More »
8 of 83 | Posted by: Brian Wilkins - Abilene, TX

“I work for American Eagle Airlines and did business with Gary. Over the years of doing business with him, he became my friend. He gave me many laughs...Read More »
9 of 83 | Posted by: Debbie Wilkins - Abilene, TX

“Gary was the type of person that 5 minutes after meeting him, you felt like you'd known him your whole life. He was the kind of man everyone wanted...Read More »
10 of 83 | Posted by: Jeanne Fuqua - Plano, TX - friend

“Cathy, wow...what an awesome man Gary was. He was so much fun to work with. No matter how stressed we were in the midst of an event, Gary was sure to...Read More »
11 of 83 | Posted by: Amy Williams - Fort Worth, TX

“Cathy, I just learned of Gary's passing and I'm still in shock ~ I'm sure you are as well. It was such a comfort having you both working our...Read More »
12 of 83 | Posted by: Kate Thompson - Carrollton, TX

“I have so many memories of Gary making My Momma and all of us laugh. He is missed so much. Lots of love, Cathy. We love you and you are in our...Read More »
13 of 83 | Posted by: Jessica Schafer - Springfield, MO

“Cathy, Lynn Cook let me know about Gary's untimely death. I am so saddened and will keep you in my prayers! I am certain you are shocked and numbed...Read More »
14 of 83 | Posted by: Christine Drossos - Dallas, TX

“Cathy, I have a great number of fond memories of Gary. Most of them are from our hunting expeditions to the pheasant fields around Guymon. He was...Read More »
15 of 83 | Posted by: Tom White - Kingston, OK - friend

“Cathy, Aphrodite told the sad news about Gary. I know this is a shock to you and your family and we are so sorry for all of you. He was such a...Read More »
16 of 83 | Posted by: Andrea & David Nayfa - Dallas, TX

“Oh Cathy I am so sorry about Gary. I will miss him so much, he was my best friend. Although we did not see each other as much as we did when we lived...Read More »
17 of 83 | Posted by: Jack Pratley - Quitman, TX - BFF

“I have known and worked with Gary for almost 9 years. At first i was approched by gary as just another tool supplier, I quickly discovered he was...Read More »
18 of 83 | Posted by: Sean Matteson - Palmer, TX

“I've worked with Gary and Cathy in the auction business for about eight years now. When I first met Gary, I was a naive farm kid that just moved to...Read More »
19 of 83 | Posted by: Boyd Earp - Plano, TX

“Cathy, I know exactly what you're going through and what a shock a suddent death is. I was so sorry to hear about Gary. He will be missed. His smile...Read More »
20 of 83 | Posted by: Barbara McGriff - Friend

“Cathy, we were in shock to hear the news of Gary's passing. Although we didn't see one another as often as we would have liked, we always thought of...Read More »
21 of 83 | Posted by: David and Priscilla Ragsdale - TX

“Cathy and family, Words cannot describe the sadness I share with you for the passing of your husband and my friend. I always enjoyed working and...Read More »
22 of 83 | Posted by: Justin Whitlock - Dammeron Valley, UT

“Cathy- I was floored by your email regaurding the passing of Gary. He is man that I have grown to respect & admire in the short 3 or 4 yrs that I...Read More »
23 of 83 | Posted by: Rashid Rahaman - Roanoke, TX

“I was fortunate enough to speak with Gary several times a day regularly for over 10 years. In that time, we became good friends. He was a great guy,...Read More »
24 of 83 | Posted by: Thomas Leon - Fort Lauderdale, FL

“Cathy...Debra and I are so sorry for your loss. I will never forget that you and Gary supported me as a candidate for Mayor and then since keeping me...Read More »
25 of 83 | Posted by: John Harper - Rowlet, TX - Friend

“Gary was a wounderful person. Great fun to be around. Always looked forward to the annual band auction. He is such a inspiration to all who meet him....Read More »
26 of 83 | Posted by: Kevin smith - Carrollton, TX

“What a treat to view the video and all the pictures!! I saw a good, loving husband, a man's man, someone who loved the outdoors and God's creatures,...Read More »
27 of 83 | Posted by: Debra and Roy Todd - Carrollton, TX

Gary & Cathy at Dallas Academy's 2006 Auction “Cathy, I am so for your loss. Gary will be greatly missed. The first time I met you two was in 2006 at the Dallas Academy's Auction. This was my...Read More »
28 of 83 | Posted by: LuCinda Shehata - Dallas, TX

“Cathy, I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
29 of 83 | Posted by: Brooke Stark - Dallas, TX

“Cathy, Our collective hearts go out to you and your family. Gary was a special man. He was such a pleasure to be around, so enjoyable, so unique. We...Read More »
30 of 83 | Posted by: Ron Schwenk - Dallas, TX

“Gary was a tremendous person and special to all the people he touched. He was so giving to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He helped the Links...Read More »
31 of 83 | Posted by: Jeff Robertson - Plano, TX

“Dear Cathy, I am so very, very sorry about Gary's passing. I cannot imagine what you are going through. Gary was the one that took me under his wing...Read More »
32 of 83 | Posted by: Tom Steel - Corinyh, TX - Friend

“Cathy, We enjoyed working with both you and Gary over the last 3 years on our annual preschool auction. Gary worked hard to help us raise funds for...Read More »
33 of 83 | Posted by: Diana Abbott - Allen, TX

“We seldom realize how many lives we've touched....Gary will be greatly missed. Our condolences to Cathy and the family. May memories of Gary bring...Read More »
34 of 83 | Posted by: Sharon & Mike Miller - Dallas, TX

“Gary was a wonderful man and an excellent auctioneer. Unfortunately, I had only one opportunity to work with he and Cathy but it was truly a...Read More »
35 of 83 | Posted by: Molly Ulmer - Richardson, TX

“I was so sad to hear about Gary's sudden passing. We always enjoyed attending Gary's auctions. It was an added pleasure to meet and work with you...Read More »
36 of 83 | Posted by: Margaret Mitchell - Dallas, TX

“We at Pan American Tool Corporation will miss Gary tremendously. When you wanted something done, Gary was the person to go to. He was tough on the...Read More »
37 of 83 | Posted by: Arlene Greenwald - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

“Cathy, im so sorry. Gary was a great person. I will never forget the great auctions you two put on. I will miss him. Much love, Jayner ”
38 of 83 | Posted by: jayne pardue - south padre island, TX

“Like many of you, I was shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Gary. I remember him as a small boy who was a hard worker and a lot of fun. We...Read More »
39 of 83 | Posted by: Don Landrum - Uncle

“Gary helped me in two school auctions that I chaired. What a wonderful man! Sweet, open, friendly, and could work a room like nobody. You could tell...Read More »
40 of 83 | Posted by: Laura Franks - Dallas, TX

“Cathy, im so sorry. Gary was a friend and hunting buddy. I ran into Gary shortly after I got out of rehab last year. He shared with me a few things...Read More »
41 of 83 | Posted by: steve pardue - rocwall, TX

“Edie and I send our condolences to Cathy and the family. I only wish we could have been there for the Memorial. My wife was in a terrible car...Read More »
42 of 83 | Posted by: Randy Talley - Waurika, OK

“Gary and I met about 27 years ago...about the time he and Cathy met. We actually lived in the same apartment complex. We shared many good times...Read More »
43 of 83 | Posted by: Alan Moore - Plano, TX - Friend

“Sometimes the good die young. We met Gary when he did the auction for the Girl Scouts annual fund raiser. He got more money out of me than I thought...Read More »
44 of 83 | Posted by: Dean and Jane Peyton - arlington, TX

“Gary, The Cuff, PennyCuff, Fence Post or Old Man was a few of the names he went by. Mainly, it was my friend. I had the pleasure of calling him that...Read More »
45 of 83 | Posted by: Mike Riney - Carrollton, TX

“I can't remember the exact date I met Gary, but ever since that time, it's been a priviledge and honor to know a man I had so much respect and...Read More »
46 of 83 | Posted by: Danny Stoner - TX - Friend

“Cathy, I'm so sorry to hear about Gary. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with both of you. You and your family are in my...Read More »
47 of 83 | Posted by: Rhonda Chaney - TX

“You know how time flies when you are having fun.I can remember the first time that Cathy introduced me to Gary. I think it was at his apartment.I can...Read More »
48 of 83 | Posted by: Pam Lief - Carrollton, TX

“Gary was our auctioneer for North Hill Preparatory's annual school auction for as long as I can remember, at least 9 years. He was so exceptional not...Read More »
49 of 83 | Posted by: Patty Harrison - Irving, TX

“My family and I have known Gary for 20 years. He came into our lives when he came into Cathy's life, and we were fortunate enough to have enjoyed his...Read More »
50 of 83 | Posted by: Lana Greer - Frisco, TX

“Kathy I had the privilege of being a friend, Masonic fraternity brother and occasional ringman for one of the nicest people and one of the best...Read More »
51 of 83 | Posted by: Bob Jensen - Sachse, TX - Friend

“Cathy - I heard yesterday and I am still in shock! You know how much I personally adore you both. The entire Highlander family grieves with you. Love...Read More »
52 of 83 | Posted by: Carolyn Murray - Dallas, TX

“Cathy please know how much Deborah and I love you and how much we will miss Gary in our lives. Everyone in the Links fore Leukemia family really...Read More »
53 of 83 | Posted by: Bob and Deborah Barker - TX

“Gary was one of the most kind hearted people I have ever met. I had the fortune of meeting Gary for the first time at the MPE auction and or...Read More »
54 of 83 | Posted by: Buddy Lewis - Dallas, TX - Friend

“I met Cathy, Pam, Joe & Debbie, Nicky, and many others in her wonderful family YEARS ago, when I went to work for Cathy's father Fred Lief at...Read More »
55 of 83 | Posted by: Kay Williams

“As so many have already said, we are very saddened to hear of Gary's passing. He was someone that you meet and feel immediatley he is part of your...Read More »
56 of 83 | Posted by: Gay Hayslet

“Gary was such a great guy! He always made sure he stopped by the office to make sure if we needed to order more parts if we were short and always...Read More »
57 of 83 | Posted by: Marina Barnes - Dallas, TX

Gary at the DC Auction - April 2009 “Gary Pennycuff was someone I didn't know very well, but had the chance to work with at our auction in April of this year. He was a very kind and...Read More »
58 of 83 | Posted by: Vicki Keifer

“Cathy, I am so sorry for your loss. I know that Gary loved you very much. Gary was a very good friend and will be missed dearly. Gary was one of...Read More »
59 of 83 | Posted by: Michael Clifton - Grapevine, TX

“Cathy, I am so sorry to hear about Gary. He was a great friend and will be truly missed. You and your family will be in our prayers. I always...Read More »
60 of 83 | Posted by: Farley Benoit - Iota, LA - friend

“Cathy, I am so very sorry to hear about Gary's passing. My heart goes out to you and will pray for your comfort and peace. I was privileged to work...Read More »
61 of 83 | Posted by: Alicia Wood - friend/client

“You and your extended family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. Gary was so passionate about all his jobs and in his life....Read More »
62 of 83 | Posted by: Rod Douglas - dallas, TX

“Oh Cathy, I am so very sorry to hear the news about Gary. He was such a friendly and wonderful man and I enjoyed so much working on the Creekview...Read More »
63 of 83 | Posted by: Joyce Woodson

“Cathy, This is Kevin Land. I worked at EADS and Aeroframe for the last 8 years. I recently moved over to Northrop Grumman. I had the privilege of...Read More »
64 of 83 | Posted by: Kevin Land - Lake Charles, LA

“Cathy, I am at a loss for the right words to address the loss of Gary. However, I am amazed at the fine people you can meet riding a Harley. Glad I...Read More »
65 of 83 | Posted by: Bob Bishop - Plano, TX - Friend

“Gary came into my life just short of a year ago. He was an amazing man. He would carry a huge beaming smile and was always offering advice and...Read More »
66 of 83 | Posted by: Robert Olivarez - Corpus Christi, TX

“Gary was such a generous man. I met Gary for the first time five years ago. We needed an auctioneer and God threw Gary at us. He handled our auction...Read More »
67 of 83 | Posted by: Scott Hooper - Rockwall, TX

“Cathy, I am extremely saddened at the news of losing Gary!!! He was a wonderful person and his charitable heart will be missed. I knew of him as he...Read More »
68 of 83 | Posted by: Tonya Stringer-Seibel - TX

“Cathy, I Loved Uncle Gary. We both had a silent stubbornness alike that kept us from being closer. You were his rock. You saved him from himself and...Read More »
69 of 83 | Posted by: Kristi Anderson - Carthage, TX

“Dearest Cathy, We are so deeply sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this extraordinarily difficult time. Please know that our prayers are...Read More »
70 of 83 | Posted by: Emy and Ed Gurowitz - NV

“Kathy, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you today and always. I'll miss Gary, I will always remember the auction he did for our...Read More »
71 of 83 | Posted by: Jerry J. Haston Dunn - cousin

Tahoe 1995 “Gary and I were the most unlikely of friends. Me a city boy from California, he a country boy red neck from Frederick, Oklahoma. Somehow, we...Read More »
72 of 83 | Posted by: Sergio - Reno, NV

“Cathy, may the Lord hold you and comfort you during this difficult time. I am sorry I could not be there with you. You are in our prayers and our...Read More »
73 of 83 | Posted by: Sue Baker - Niece

“What a high spirited hunter/cowboy heaven is receiving! It was my privilage to know Gary. Much love and prayers to you and your family. ”
74 of 83 | Posted by: Margret Janda - Arlington, TX

“I'm not known to his family, but was one that came to texas in 1983 with Gary. I still work at Dallas Airmotive. before we left Oklahome i bought a...Read More »
75 of 83 | Posted by: Richard Low ( Rick ) - TX

“Gary is probably my favorite uncle. He always had a hug and a smile for me and usually something witty to say as well. Although I did not always...Read More »
76 of 83 | Posted by: Kim and Mikd Simpson - Abilene, TX

“Gary was a man's man and a great hunting buddy. He could also talk faster than any human being I know. Cathy, Emy's and my thoughts are with you. ”
77 of 83 | Posted by: Ed Gurowitz - Incline Village, NV

“Our prayers are with you at this time. May God Bless you in your sorrow and give you strength in days to come. Sincerely, Rene and Eris Mouton ”
78 of 83 | Posted by: Rene and Eris Mouton - Houston, TX

“Gary was my uncle. I wish we had spent more time together. Cathy, thank you for making him happy and loving him. Thanks for your support when my...Read More »
79 of 83 | Posted by: Tim & Carlene Bucchi - TX

“Blessings and prayers to all of Gary's family. Let light perpetual shine upon him. ”
80 of 83 | Posted by: Brian Cannaday

“I met Gary & Cathy at our BBC Poker Run Auction in probably 2000 or 2001. I don't think I ever had a one on one conversation with Gary but always...Read More »
81 of 83 | Posted by: Cindy Howle - Caddo Mills, TX

“What a JOY to have been counted as a friend of Gary's.......but then anyone within earshot felt like a friend. I feel blessed to have shared part of...Read More »
82 of 83 | Posted by: Delia Martin - Odessa, TX

“Gary's personality would light up a room full of people like no one else I've ever met. It was a true privilege to know and work with him and he will...Read More »
83 of 83 | Posted by: Blanca Olivarez - Dallas, TX

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Gary Dean Pennycuff, a Mason and Shriner, was born on March 13, 1951 in Frederick, Oklahoma and passed away on December 13, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. Gary was a man of many talents: a professional auctioneer; regional sales manager; and master machinist. Gary is survived by his loving wife, Cathy; daughter Jamie Portillo and her husband, Sal; brothers David Pennycuff and his wife, Bertha; Ricky Pennycuff and his wife, Kathy; numerous family members, business associates; and loving friends. Visitation will be at Restland Funeral Home on Friday, December 18, 2009, from 6-8 PM. The service will be on Saturday, December 19, at 3:30 PM in Memorial Chapel at Restland Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contribute to the Shriner's Children's Hospitals in memory of Gary. Donations may be sent to the local Shrine Temple, 2121 Rowlett Road, Garland, Texas, 75043.