Gary Lawrence Chee

1959 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Gary Lawrence Chee December 9, 1959-November 16,2012 Gary Chee passed from this life into the life eternal at 10:33 a.m. on Friday, November 16, 2012. He is survived by his wife of nearly 27 years, Justina; four children Gabrielle, Steven, Joseph, and Sammy; father, Lawrence; and siblings Patty, Greg, and Michael. He is preceded in death by his mother, Vernette. Gary was born in Oakland and grew up in Sacramento. He graduated from Cal Berkeley in 1983 and moved to Bakersfield that year to take a job as an electrical engineer with the California Department of Water Resources. Gary was a do-it-yourselfer (his kids are convinced there is nothing he couldn't fix) whose favorite store was The Home Depot and whose favorite tool was duct tape. He enjoyed building things almost as much as he enjoyed taking them apart. He was baptized into the Catholic Church in 1984. He met his wife, Justina, at St. Philip the Apostle Church. They would marry and raise their children in the faith at the same parish. The wake and rosary will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, at St. Philip the Apostle Church. The funeral Mass will be held at 2 pm. on Friday, November 23, at St. Philip. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Francis Parish School and/or Garces Memorial High School, to be put toward scholarships, can be made in memory of Gary. DOUGHTY-CALHOUN-O'MEARA www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 20, 2012
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