Gary A. Stone, 59, formerly of Medford, MA, passed away in Marlboro, MA on Friday July 19, 2013 after a long period of poor health. Son of the late Everett and Phyllis Stone of Williamstown, MA, Gary was born November 3, 1953 with a severe form of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which confined him to a wheelchair for his whole life. Given only months to live at birth, Gary defied the medical experts of the day and led a rich and full life, graduating first from the Massachusetts Hospital School (MHS) where he earned the nickname "Mouse" and later from Mass Bay Community College in the late 1970s with a Computer Science degree. Gary worked as a programmer and IT administrator for a number of companies in the Boston area, including Houghton-Mifflin and Raytheon. Those who knew Gary will recall his love of books, a wide variety of music, and movies, frequently sharing his latest discoveries with family and friends. In his younger years, Gary was an accomplished wheelchair athlete, competing in multiple track and field events including shot put, discus and racing on the international stage, earning numerous medals and trophies in what would later become known as the Paralympics. Gary was also a bowler and basketball player and life-long fan of the Boston Celtics. In addition, he leaves a legacy of deep Christian faith and was active in both his church, the Paulist Center of Boston, and the MHS alumni association. Gary leaves behind a brother, Ronald Stone of Brattleboro, VT, three sisters, Brenda Carroll of Oxford, MA, Sheree Saunders of Rochester, NH and Marilee Swindell of Temple, NH as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The Funeral for Gary Stone will be Wednesday July 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Sherman Burbank Memorial Chapel in Williamstown, MA. Gary will be laid to rest next to his beloved parents in Eastlawn Cemetery. Calling hours at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA are Tuesday from 4-7 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Gary's memory to either the Ehlers-Danlos Foundation ( www.ednf.org) or the Paulist Center (www.paulistboston.com) in care of the funeral home. To send a card, gift basket or message, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.
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Published in MetroWest Daily News on July 22, 2013