March 4, 2012
Gary Ryley of Sarasota, Fla. passed away at VA Bay Pines Hospital just three months short of his 63 birthday. His spirit remained strong throughout his battle with cancer and the Lord called him home. Gary moved to Sarasota from Connecticut in 1957. He graduated from Riverview High School in 1967 and left to join the Navy. Gary was trained as a corpsman and traveled the world giving medical assistance to his shipmates. Gary received an honorable discharge from the Navy and went to work for Eckerd Drugs as manager for the next 20 years.
Eventually, he left to follow his true passion--being a musician. His lifelong love for the guitar and the blues made him a driving force in many bands throughout south Florida. He was a much -loved player and will be sorely missed by both fans and bandmates in "The Alternators Blues Band" and "Missing Links".
His only love greater than music was the love he felt for his family. He is survived by his loving partner Karen, daughter Jennifer, brother Bob and family (Claudia, Robert and Christopher), and dogs Jake and Elwood. Extended family Kasey and Suzzi O'Donnell, Kym O'Donnell and Joe Griffith, and Scott and Priscilla Myers.
A Celebration of Life Music jam will take place at the Flying Dog Cafe, 500 Tallevast Rd. in Sarasota, April 11 from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. RSVP to email@example.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs--Paws for Patriots, 4210 77th St, Palmetto, FL 34221, or www.guidedogs.org
. Please specify Gary's name if donating. With enough funds, we'll be able to name the guide dog after him.