Gary L. BraVard

Indianapolis, Indiana

1952 - 2019 (Age 66)


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Gary L. BraVard

Indianapolis - Gary L. BraVard passed away unexpectedly at his home on September 4, 2019 at the age of 66. Gary was born on October 11, 1952 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis to the late Lester Bravard and Lythia " Sunny" Sumpter Brewer.

Before returning to Indianapolis in the early 80's to eventually create "Event Design by Gary BraVard", one of Indianapolis' earliest and most prestigious event planning services, Gary had lived in Florida, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Gary said he got started in the event planning business by "squeezing lemons through cheesecloth. Then I just started saying yes to opportunities," he said. Passionate, creative, perfectionistic, and self-made, he quickly became one of the city's most sought after event planners.

He is survived by his brother, Glen (Debby) Bravard; nieces and nephews, James Fink, Rachel Fink, Bridgett Smith, Chera Bravard and Whitney Bravard; step-sister, Debra Hunt; many great nieces and nephews; as well as countless friends and fans.

In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his brother, Larry Bravard; and sister, Karen Buckhorn.

Although Gary chose cremation, he requested a headstone at the family plot in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Fishers to say "He was too naïve to be afraid."

Visitation will be on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 3-5:00 pm at Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Funeral & Cremation Services, 11411 N. Michigan Road, Zionsville, IN 46077.

Friends may make a memorial contribution to Heartspring, or to a charity benefiting the arts.

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Gary was such a special person. We never had a party or celebration that he wasn' t a part of. Even after we moved to Florida he was always my advisor and had a finger in the pie. He was my friend and I will miss him. My best to his family. Audrey Larman.

Gary was my impromptu Wedding Assistant, even though he was our guest. He helped me adjust my veil and made sure I looked wonderful on my wedding day. I will be forever grateful to his kind heart and generous spirit for calming my nerves on my wedding day.

Later after I had kids, he enjoyed playing Santa Claus to them and would visit our home with friend Molly with the Christmas spirit!

My family will always hold warm memories of Gary.

I was one of Gary's "brides" in Dec., 1991. He was an exceptional man with great talent who made our day perfect. He will be remembered with warm affection.