Brian James Garey Sr of Oakdale CT, unexpectedly passed away at 50 years young. He was a devoted father, husband, uncle, brother to many, and friends to many. He loved the water, being outdoors, and spending time with his kids.
Brian leaves behind His wife Joette Gebo Garey and 4 children: Abigail Garey 13, Jacob Garey, 18, Zachary Garey 24, & Brian Garey Jr. 27. A step son Robert Gebo 29, a step daughter, Emily Raptis, 22. He was “Big Poppy” to his grandson Brain Garey III, 6.
He is survived by an older brother Ronald Garey Jr, 2 uncles Robert Garey & Richard Garey.
Brian was born on Friday, March 13th, 1970. He was the son of Ronald Leroy Garey Sr and Doris Smith. He was the young of the two siblings by 10 yrs and his mother was his best friend in the memories he shared with all of us. He cared for his father and mother in there final years loosing both of his parents, within 3 days , a yr apart when he was in his early 20s.
Brian was a graduate of West Side Tech, class of 1988, where is was a varsity wrestler and football player, later the Police academy in 1992. Brian was a respected officer within the many boroughs and townships he serve while on the force in Pennsylvania.. Subsequently after a serious vehicle accident while on duty, the years of therapy and PTSD, the job was no longer a way of life. Brian regained employment for a short period afterwards but his health issues made is impossible for him to maintain a regular job with the dr appointments and surgeries that his focus was on being a Dad. He has the joy of raising Jacob and Abigail from an infant and watching them develop and be there everyday. Having all 5 blended kids under the same roof for 5 yrs!
Brian was an avid fisherman, crabber, and loved to be outdoors. They would take annual camping trips, go hiking, canoeing. He was an avid Jets fan and was frequently seen wearing his hoody. He was a wrestling fan and went to shows with the kids. They would watch in religiously and collect the goods but you couldn’t open them. He Taught the kids many lessons: Cooking, as he did most of the meals, Driving lessons for 3 sons, compiled with mechanics and cuss words while fixing one of his many vehicles, how to change a tire stranded in the cold, and how so may simple life lessons, these things, BUILD CHARACTER...and That he was.
He will be sadly missed
A memorial in his honor will be held on Saturday November 14th at Harkness Memorial Park, Waterford, CT. His burial in PA will be private to close friends and family at a later date in Pennsylvania.