In Memory

Gary Stern

Gone, but not forgotten   (November 4, 2016)

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11/06/16 07:53 PM #15    

Sharon (Sharri) Cutler (Brown)

Losing Gary Stern is like losing a big piece of my childhood. I was also part of the Number 8 School/Franklin gang and have so many happy memories of growing up together. Gary's incredible contributions to the city of Rochester will stand as a tribute to him far into the future. My deepest sympathies go out to Marsha and the family.

-Sharri Brown (Sharon Cutler)

11/06/16 10:36 PM #16    

Judith Rappaport (Golembe)

So sad to learn of Gary's passing; it's hard be believe.  I last saw Gary at the 50th reunion and he looked great with his warm smile enjoying seeing everyone having a wonderful time.  May God bless the Stern family.   

11/08/16 10:38 AM #17    

Donna Johnson

Condolences to Gary's family and all who knew and loved him. He will be remembered fondly and missed by many.  "A man will be remembered by the tracks he leaves". (Native American saying).

11/09/16 08:51 AM #18    

Patricia DeNoto (Ranney)


Condolences to Gary's family.  He will be missed and fondly remembered.


11/09/16 02:56 PM #19    

Edward Shindel

To the many friends of Gary. I attended the funeral service for my long time friend, Gary Stern. The Temple was full to capacity with many school, business and social friends and of course family. Of the many that attended was Alan Chase and his wife Carol, Billy Smith, Dave Pies and his wife and daughters, amoung others I may not have seen. It was very moving and emotional with Gary's son, Alan, speaking along with his son, Max and granddaughter. Then Gary's brother, Chuckie, spoke about their many travels and experences they shared together. I heard Alan better then Chuckie who was a little more soft spoken. Got to get a hearing aid and soon! Sorry about that. Then the Rabbi spoke about Gary, Marsha and their many contributions to the Temple and many acts of kindness. I know many of you wished you could have been there too but for the short notice, work and family obligations. Many family and friends then went to the cemetery, which was also very emotional for all that could be there. Some then went to Gary and Marsha's home to console one another and talk to the family. Beautiful table of food and drink was also served. We then sat Shiva for Gary. He will be missed but not forgotten as seen in the many comments posted in our BFHS website. I wanted to reach out to all of you because you cared for Gary and I felt like you would like to know. Keep Gary, Marsha, and family in your thoughts and prayers. Love to all, Eddie Shindel

11/10/16 08:56 AM #20    

Marla Minsk (Shafran)

I am still processing the sad news.  How many fond memories pop up from the early days of our youth. we were truly a great group of fun loving kidsl. We are too young to have to experience such sadness amongst us.  May his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and may we look forward to happier occasions.

Marla Shafran

11/11/16 09:39 AM #21    

Carol Gravina (Reis)


Gary will be greatly missed.

I loved seeing him at the 50 th class reunion.

It's hard to believe both Gary and Diane Gallo Herbst (my best friend) are gone.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

11/11/16 11:08 AM #22    

Patricia DeNoto (Ranney)

Thanks Ed for sharing the funeral........Pat (DeNoto) Ranney.......hugs all around...

11/12/16 03:15 PM #23    

Angelo Abby


Gary was a gentleman before we even knew what the term was.

He certainly had a huge influence on the Rochester community. I have met several friends who knew him in one capacity or another and they always spoke highly of him.

He will be sadly missed. So very sorry to have lost such a great classmate.

Angelo Abbondanzieri

11/15/16 10:48 AM #24    

Daniel Barringer

Gary Stern -

What do I say? I am also in a state of shock since I heard of your passing! What a great friend and human being. It just seems like yesterday that this German Christian was at the JY with you and Dave Pies and the rest of the gang playing Hoops or trying to teach me how to dance at the Canteen - WOW!

You and Dave then gave me the nickname "Danny Baronsberg". I know you are up there laughing right now. I was blessed to have had me in your life. Thank you.

I think about you everyday now. Why does it take death for that to happen? I should have been thinking about you all of the time.

Thank you for everything - your presence made all of us better people. God bless you!


Dan Barringer



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