Gary A. Schiager May 16, 1935 - Aug. 15, 2013 Resident of San Ramon Gary enter peacefully into rest after a courageous battle with cancer on August 15, 2013 in the comfort of family. He was born in Canton, South Dakota and grew up in Oakland. He graduated from Oakland High School and served in the US Army for three years. Gary joined the Oakland Fire Department in 1961 and served as a firefighter for 26 years, making many lifelong friends along the way. After retirement he enjoyed working for Orchard Supply Hardware. Gary enjoyed playing golf, going to the horse races, traveling, cooking, and watching the Giants and Raiders. He enjoyed being around people and sharing his wit and wisdom. He leaves behind his son, Adam (Stacey), grandsons Joshua and Colby and daughter Tracy (Paul Shelnut) grandchildren Steven and Rachel. His later years were enjoyed with his companion Veronica Nichols. A celebration of Gary's life will be held at 11am, Tuesday, August 27th at Old St. Raymond Church, 6600 Donlon Way Dublin, CA 94568.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 25, 2013