Roy Arthur GAGER

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Died peacefully in Albuquerque on January 26, 2014 from metastatic prostate cancer. Roy was born July 5, 1948,in San Francisco. He was named for his uncle who perished on the USS Arizona in World War II. His parents, Isabel and Harold Gager, preceded him in death as did his nephew Samuel Gager. Roy will long be remembered for his love and support of the arts, his generous nature, and his many heartfelt friendships. Roy graduated with a B.A. in History from SSU and an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling from Maryknoll Seminary. Most recently Roy served as a counselor and supervisor for Bernalillo County Metropolitan Assessment and Treatment Services. Before moving to Albuquerque in 2003, Roy worked for many years in Sonoma County in the Public Health HIV Prevention and Testing Program, as well as Drug Abuse Alternatives Center as the HIV Program Coordinator,later serving as Director of HIV Prevention for the state of California. He is survived by many friends and close relatives, including his brother Ray Gager and wife Deborah Akers of Portland, OR, his sister Linda and husband Gary Schindler of Petaluma, and nephews Shawn and Ryan Schindler. A memorial service is being planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be made to The Hammer LGBT Educational Archives Project, PO Box 25881, Albuquerque NM 87125, or another .
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Feb. 13 to Feb. 17, 2014
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