Gary R. Lockyer
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Gary R. Lockyer

Gary R. Lockyer, a wellspring of laughter, adventures, and kindness, passed away suddenly in his home on January 3, 2021; he was 56 years young. He was the beloved husband of Jeannette LaFrance and the loving and cherished son of Gloria Lockyer and the late Ronald Lockyer. He leaves behind his two children, Ronald and Heather Lockyer, who will carry with them his love of nature, pulled pork, and kooky humor. He was the loved little brother of Deborah Dolphin and Lori Hodge, both of whom predeceased him. He also leaves behind a stepson, William (Erin) Vatcher. His many nieces and nephews will remember him as a loving and funny light that filled their lives with laughter, silver dollar pancakes, and awesome sledding tracks. He will be deeply missed by his extended family, many friends, beloved dogs and professional associates.

From an early age, Gary gravitated to nature. He loved to go crabbing off the train tracks near Bear Mountain, kayaking through Harriman State Park, fishing anywhere he could throw his line, and hiking the terrain of the surrounding Hudson Valley with his children and friends. He was most at peace when near the water, smoking a cigar off the back of his boat at the Jersey shore. Jeannette, Gary's partner in life and adventure, introduced him to the beauty of the ocean and helped him become a certified scuba diver, one of the greatest passions of his life. They traveled as often as life permitted, exploring the depths of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America (as well as many stops around the United States). He made friends wherever he went and always entertained them with his mostly corny jokes and funny stories.

Gary was a master at finding the perfect greeting card, serving the best barbecue, and lighting up any space he walked into with his bright smile and unforgettable laugh. He had an impressive collection of Hawaiian shirts and fishing attire - both of which he viewed as casual or formal wear (with the right shoes). He was a kind and generous soul who has forever left a mark on anyone that was fortunate to know him. He gave of himself without hesitation and will continue to shine through his family and the friends he made throughout his beautiful, albeit short, life.

Burial will be private for family only. A Celebration of Life will be open to all at a later date.

Donations are welcome to: https://www.nokidhungry.org/ (No Kid Hungry)




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Published in The Journal News from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2021.
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January 16, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Loron Williams
Coworker
January 14, 2021
I was lucky to have Gary living next door over 25 yrs .He was a great guy and a real friend.Always there to help in so many ways no matter what.My deepest condolences to Jeannette, his mother and children
Richard Schultz
Neighbor
January 13, 2021
Godspeed my friend.The bite is always on in Heaven.
Jim Personette
Coworker
January 13, 2021
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Renee Busa
January 13, 2021
My sincere condolences for your loss Jeannette! I never met Gary, but every time you spoke of him, it was like a breath of fresh air. May he rest in Peace!
Renee Busa DeSimone
Friend
January 13, 2021
My sincere condolences Jeannette. I never met Gary in person, but every time you spoke of him, he sounded like a breath of fresh air! May he rest in peace!
Renee Busa
Friend
January 13, 2021
Thank you for your confidence, your laugh, and the “Hockey Puck”. May God’s grace ever cover the family.
She’Ronda Strawder
Coworker
January 12, 2021
Thank you for our laughs, fights and teamwork. You and I grew to friends over the years and you will be missed. Such a shock
Love and prayers for your family
Wendy Mullen
Coworker
January 12, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. My sincere condolences to Jeanette and her family. This is a tragic loss. You are all in my prayers.
Maria Vetri
Friend
January 12, 2021
We always loved scuba diving in Cozumel with Gary and Jeannette. He was a wonderful diver and also so fun to talk with. We always looked forward to them coming to Cozumel so we could dive together. He will be missed!
Don & Diane Blain
Friend
January 12, 2021
Gary will be missed by so many. Yep yepper. RIP my friend, we will all see eachother again. Prayers and strength to your family!! See you on the other side Little Gary!!!
Kathy Pantuso
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