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The online guestbook for Gary Gottesman

Posted on March 15, 2012
Posted by: Andy Brecher
From: Newington CT

Message: A long time ago, Gary and I were kindred spirits, nudging rules and evading consequences, although Gary was always the bolder and more passionate one. Despite a lifetime filled with too many tragedies, Gary never lost that spirit, determined to live life on his terms—for which I will always admire him.


Posted on March 15, 2012
Posted by: Rose Swiatkiewicz
From: Wethersfield CT

Message: I am so saddened to learn of Gary's passing. I met Gary through our work on the GHO in 1980. I have so many fond memories; from the tournament work parties, to sailing on Gary's boat with stops at Abbots Restaurant, and so many more. I will always remember his beautiful smile and infectious laugh. Sail on my friend. You will be missed


Posted on March 15, 2012
Posted by: Rick Rumsey
From: South Glastonbury CT

Message: The GHO / Brother's Dirt / Malfunction Junction! Skiing for our lives with Paul Lankarge in hot pursuit after we lead him down a nasty trail at Okemo! Your legal and personal council. May you rest in Peace. God Bless You. Rick


Posted on March 15, 2012
Posted by: Claudia and Rick Traskos
From: Glastonbury ct

Message: Jan, our hearts are broken for you. You and Gary...,everyone's favorite love story.


Posted on March 15, 2012
Posted by: Teri Silverman Segal
From: Akron Oh

Message: I have really great memories of Gary starting with Rawson....I was so glad to have the opportunity to connect at the last reunion I attended...he had not changed a bit...My condolences to all of his family....


Posted on March 15, 2012
Posted by: Alisa Berman Himelfarb
From: Westford MA

Message: I was so sorry to hear of Gary's passing from my brother, Steve Berman. Our parents, Sam and Nancy Berman were very good friends of Gary's father and mother Abe and Ruth. In fact, Abe had been our family's optometrist. My sympathies go out to you during this very difficult time. Alisa Himelfarb


Posted on March 16, 2012
Posted by: Judy Alexander Parnasa
From: Jerusalem Israel

Message: Gary, It's so hard for me to talk about you using the past tense. The years that we spent together dancing in USY's "Chug Rikud" were just the best. Not only were you a fantastic dancer but your sense of humor kept us all laughing through our sore feet and what have you. No matter how we got to our performance sites....by bus, train or our parents cars....you were always there, laughing us through it all. Your taking on responsibilities never failed us and we could always count on you to be there for us all. We could always turn to you for any problem that we had and you were always "all ears". May you rest in peace, Gary. I'll never forget you. Judy Alexander, Emanuel Synagogue


Posted on March 14, 2012
Posted by: Seth Waxman
From: Washington DC

Message: Gary was a spray of impish, infectious joy in my life -- and I'm sure in the lives of so many others he touched. Reflecting on our experiences together -- as I have so many times in the intervening years -- I can't help but smile at all the sometimes-poignant, sometimes-downright-goofy exeriences and emotions we shared. Among the many things for which I will forever remain in Gary's debt is his arrangement of my first date with Debbie, my wife of 35 years. Gary turned 16 before I did, and when he first got his driver's license his father would not let him drive on the highway alone. This hampered his relationship with a girl in Holyoke, Mass, so Gary cajoled me into a double date with her next-door neighbor. In trademark fashion, he waited until we had rung her parents' doorbell to ask, "Did I happen to mention that she's in junior high school?" That was 45 years ago, and I've been smiling about it ever since. Gary was a genuine original. We should live our lives with his example, and his memory, in our hearts.


Posted on March 14, 2012
Posted by: Paula mazzotta
From: Glastonbury Ct

Message: Jan, our deepest condolences. It's been so long since we have seen you but think of you often. May your many fond memories provide comfort to you during this very sad time. With our Sympathy, Carl, Paula, Michael and Megan Mazzotta


Posted on March 14, 2012
Posted by: Karen DeOrio
From: Ellington CT

Message: Jan: It is with great sadness that I learned of Gary's passing today. Please know that he is and will always be in my prayers. He was a total enjoyment to our group. He made us laugh and enjoy each meeting that he attended. He will be truly missed by us all. I will stop by your house to pay my respects on Friday.


Posted on March 19, 2012
Posted by: Jack Mitchell
From: Saint Lucie West FL

Message: I'm saddened to hear of your loss. You will be in thoughts and prayers. Needless to say if there is ever anything, just call.


Posted on April 02, 2012
Posted by: Darlene + Denis Crowther
From: Fort Lauderdale FL

Message: Jan,I am so sorry for your loss! Gary was a wonderful man and we were so happy to get to meet him! Please give us a call when you can and if there is anything we can do, you know were here. 954 650-2679. We love you and miss you.


Posted on December 12, 2014
Posted by: Bonnie Henderson
From: Broomfield Colorado

Message: Jan I had no idea that Gary died. I will remember how much fun we all had sailing. My best to you. Bonnie Henderson


Posted on March 14, 2012
Posted by: Alan and Marilyn Byer
From: The Villages florida

Message: Dear Jan, our love. So many sweet memories of Gary the sailor, and his beautiful first mate! May all of your good memories be for a blessing. He was a very special soul. We send hugs and will add his naem to our shelosheim list at Temple this Friday night, and for the month our entire congregation will say prayers for Gary. May he rest in peace. Love, Marilyn and Alan Byer


Posted on March 14, 2012
Posted by: Alene Wendrow
From: Arlington VA

Message: I am so very sorry about your loss. Gary was one of the nicest boys in Rawson Elementary School. I often walked home from school with him and the rest of our friends who walked down Cornwall Street and used to talk to him at length about all kinds of things. One of my clearest memories of that time was being told by our teacher that Gary's mother had died. I remember thinking: that was the most horrible thing I had ever heard. I recall telling him I was sorry and thinking that was all wrong. We were so young. I am so happy that he was able to send his greetings to us at our recent Rawson reunion. We all spoke about him and wished him well. I hope he got that message. He was not forgotten. (Seth Waxman: that was the sweetest story! I had no idea.) I hope that you, his family, can receive comfort from your friends and family. May he rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing.


Posted on March 14, 2012
Posted by: Carol Gordon
From: New York NY

Message: My deepest sympathy...I know it's been difficult. We all loved Gary for his zest for life. From the moment he was seated behind me in homeroom, he brought many smiles into my life. Sending much love your way--Shoo


Posted on March 14, 2012
Posted by: Kathy Dilon-Orduz
From: South Windsor CT

Message: Jan, I am so sorry about Gary. You and Gary had a great love for each other and life. Every married couple should have such a great marriage like you both did. You were the best partner and was always there for Gary. We love you and are thinking of you at this diffcult time. Love, Kathy, Byron and Victoria-Taylor


Posted on March 15, 2012
Posted by: Michelle Rosen
From: South Grafton Ma

Message: Dearest Jan..How very saddened I am that the world has lost sweet Gary! I feel so fortunate that at least I had the opportunity to speak with him last year when I was planning the Rawson reunion. We were able to share some special times and memories together and I will always hold that so close to my heart. My heartfelt condolences are with you! Michelle Lassman Rosen


Posted on March 14, 2012
Posted by: Deena Harris
From: NY, NY NY

Message: I am so sorry for your loss. I had been hoping to see Gary at our Rawson reunion in Aug, which is when I first heard about his illness. He was a dear friend through elementary school, I learned the word "optometrist" from him, I loved his impish spirit and just knew he was a good guy. I am sorry we never met again as adults. MS is an awful disease and I hope there is some comfort in knowing he is no longer suffering.


Posted on March 15, 2012
Posted by: Denis and Louanne Roy
From: Sarasota Fl

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Posted on March 15, 2012
Posted by: Louanne Roy
From: Sarasota FL

Message: Jan, We're very sorry for you loss of Gary. Although we haven't seen you in a very long time we do think of you. You're in our thoughts and prayers.


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