Gary Hartquist
1932 - 2020
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Gary William Hartquist September 29, 2020 Gary William Hartquist, 88, of The Villages, FL, passed away peacefully on September 29, 2020 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Little York, NY to the late Paul and Bertha Hartquist in 1932. In 1950, Gary attended The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1954 with an economics degree. In 1955 he went into the Air Force starting as a 2nd Lt and discharged with Honors as a Captain. He joined the family business in Cortland, New York and was in the insurance agency for 42 years before his retirement. He was active in Jaycees, United Fund, Cortland Elks, Cortland Rotary Club and an active member of the Homer United Methodist Church. Gary was the most fun loving, generous, and kind husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a very social person and enjoyed entertaining and in his later years became an excellent cook. Everyone that met him knew what a special person he was. He will be greatly missed and thought of with many wonderful stories and memories. He was a devoted and loving husband to Carol Hartquist for 31 years before she passed away in 2014. In addition to his parents and Carol, Gary was predeceased by his first wife Marion Pinker Hartquist. Gary is survived by 6 sons and one daughter: Nancy Wilber (Biff) of Marcy, NY, Gary Hartquist (Mary) of Homer, NY, Mitchell Hartquist of Dallas,TX, John Duby (Lauren) of Syracuse, NY, Matthew Duby (Bridget) of Jamesville, NY, Scott Hartquist of The Villages, FL, Mark Duby (Jill) of Jamesville, NY, 17 Grandchildren and 14 Great-Grandchildren. At Gary's request a private memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at the family's convenience. Please sign the guestbook at
Published in Syracuse Post Standard from Oct. 14 to Oct. 18, 2020.
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October 21, 2020
Gary, Mitch & Scott, I was so sorry to hear of your dad's passing.
So many great memories. Of course, you weren't aware of us all
wrapping & putting Christmas presents. We were up all night &
drinking just a bit. LOL! One Christmas, your dad went with us to
Midnight Mass at St. Marys . On our way to the church, your dad
said the walls of the church would fall in. Halfway thru the serviice,
a few fragments of something fell on your dad's shoulder. We
were all laughing so hard We had to leave. Your dad was a great
guy & he will be missed. May he Rest in Peace!
Joe Haskell
October 18, 2020
Paul and Pat Weaver would like to send prayers and love to Garys family. He was a loving and caring man. We know he will be missed by all that knew him
Paul and Pat Weaver
October 17, 2020
He was a great neighbor --If you did not like Gary you have a problem
Bob Sparrow
October 14, 2020
Stand up classy guy. Proud to call Gary Hartquist , UncleGary!! Will be missed ! RIP. Your are reunited with A Carol. God Bless!
Mike , Jen and Boys!!
Mike Pichoske
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