Bryan Gatley, 62, of Grafton, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Monday, September 16, 2013 in his home in Grafton, MA. Born in Worcester, raised in Westborough, Bryan was the son of the late Linwood W. Bob and Bethel L. (Mason) Gatley. He graduated Class of 69 from Westborough High School. Bryan also graduated from Westfield State College and earned a Masters in Education at Worcester State College. Bryan was a 4th grade teacher with the Westborough school system having taught at the Armstrong School, Fales School and Mill Pond School, retiring in 2007. Bryan also authored two childrens books, The Dog Gone Mystery and The Christmas Hamster. Bryans passions were his family and friends, music, playing bass guitar, animals, teaching, his dog, Abbey, and most recently, the reunion of his band, Tailspin. Following his retirement, he volunteered at the Cummings Veterinary School Wildlife Clinic. He drove the bus for the Westborough Senior Center and spent all the free time he had with his three grandchildren. Bryan is survived by Sandra (Whittington) Gatley of Grafton; his two children, Jess Gatley and his girlfriend, Kristine MacAulay, of Boston and Lauren Gatley Cerone and her husband, Jimmy, of Bellingham; three brothers, Richard Gatley of Keene, NH, Scott Gatley of Acton and Jeff Gatley of Worcester; one sister, Lynn Hall of Westborough, and three grandchildren Kyla, Mason, and Torin. A memorial service celebrating his life was held on Monday, September 23, at 3:30 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church, 120 West Main St., Westborough. Please omit flowers. Donations in his memory may be made to the
, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or The Fender Music Foundation, PO Box 67, Agoura Hills, CA 91376. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough.
Published in The Westborough News from Sept. 20 to Sept. 27, 2013