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Gary Alan Pfaff


1944 - 2016
Gary Alan Pfaff Obituary
HAMPTON - Gary Alan Pfaff, 71-years-old, of Hampton, Virginia, died peacefully at home on Friday, August 26, 2016, after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. Beloved husband of forty-four-years to LaDorna Jo Pfaff, devoted father of Anna Christine Pfaff, Erica Nicole Rickerson (Don) and his daughter with Mia Grahn Busha, Vanessa Lea Grahn Powell (Travis). He is grandfather to Tristan Quinn Powell, Natalie Rai Powell, and "Levi" Donald Edward Rickerson IV. Gary was born September 13, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Marjorie Louise Pfaff and Alan Harry Pfaff of Drexel Hill and later Westtown, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his siblings: Carol Sue Wiens (Dennis), Wayne Wiens Pfaff (Janet), Diane Elizabeth Flath (James), and their families. A graduate of West Chester High School in Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia College of Art in 1968 (BFA in fine arts photography), he continued his photography career at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Radiology. Later he moved to the American College of Radiology where he worked over 26 years until his retirement, producing learning files for radiology residents and developing high-resolution digital images of X-rays. His real love was taking large-format landscape photographs. He bicycled to work in Philadelphia and later took up the sport of long-distance cycling. For his fortieth birthday he pedaled across Pennsylvania on his custom-made bike. He was also a creative and fine woodworker, car mechanic, amateur astronomer, animal lover, and cookie baker-eater. He was a kind, loving, and mellow family man. A memorial service will be held in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, at a later date to be determined; and the funeral will be private. In lieu of flowers, Gary requests that donations may be made to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
Published in Daily Press on Aug. 28, 2016
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