Gary D. Goff
1957 - 2020
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Gary D. Goff

Brandon, MS - Gary Duvall Goff passed away on November 2, 2020 in Brandon, Mississippi, where he was enjoying his new life with his loving wife, Jill.

He spent his entire 63 years on this earth hating peas and carrots and loving his family. Gary was a devoted father and in his later years whole-heartedly embraced his role as grandpa, or as the grandkids, William, Eleanor and Halston called him, Pappy G.

Born on May 6, 1957 in Venice, Florida, Gary was the second eldest son to Jack and Virginia Goff. To Carl, Steven, Philip, and Joe, he was big brother.

Gary was a North Fort Myers High School Class of 1975 graduate and worked for Goff Communications before beginning his long career with Lee County Electric Cooperative. After 32 years and as supervisor of communication services, he retired from the co-op in 2019.

He was a proud fourth-generation Floridian who, like his father, loved smoked mullet and time out on the water. Whether it was picking up the guitar, putting words on paper, smoking a brisket, or riding his motorcycle down the Natchez Trace, Gary always had a hobby.

Also like his father, Gary was a gentle man with a sense of humor who just seemed to find ways to set us all at ease. He was a beloved husband, father and friend to so many who came into his life and we are forever grateful for our time with him.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jack Jr. He is survived by his children, Shannon (Matt) Johnson of Fort Myers, FL; Jessica Goff of Grand Coteau, LA; Mallory Goff of Tallahassee, FL; and MM3 Cody (Lauren) Newland, USN of Suffolk, VA.

A private celebration of life will be held in Placida, Florida, on Sunday, November 8, 2020. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Lemon Bay Historical Society (lemonbayhistory.com) or a nonprofit of your choice.




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Published in The News-Press from Nov. 5 to Nov. 8, 2020.
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November 11, 2020
I remember you and Jackie in your High top shoes with your Grandpa hanging out at the Sinclair station at 41 and Venice Ave. You guys were so cute, etched in my mind forever.
Betty Boone Cassa
Family
November 8, 2020
Good memories shared with Gary, playing football and high school reunion committee. Rest In Peace friend....Jon Miller Class of 1975
Jon Miller
Classmate
November 8, 2020
My favorite memory of Gary, is when he and Jackie were little boys. His Pap, Uncle Duval would take the boys to Venice, at that time one red light at Venice Avenue and US 41. There was a Sinclair Station and Standard Oil station on opposite corners. Everyone hung out on Saturday night. I can see the boys now with their high top shoes wound around Uncle Duval's legs for protection. They were so cute, so sweet and very polite. They had the best Mom best Dad and best Grandfather. I'm proud to say they were part of my family. Go now Gary and rest with your loving family. Betty Boone Cassa
Betty Cassa
Family
November 8, 2020
A wonderful tribute to a great man. I did not know him well, but I know his children very well. They are such amazing human beings which speaks volumes to who Gary was as a father. I know he will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time. Sending my love.
Andrea Spraggins
Friend
November 6, 2020
So many memories. My best, closest friend for the past 47 years. Watched you grow into a man, a husband, a father, and a grandfather. Always family first. Always positive outlook. I will miss your smile, your laugh, your sense of humor and your hugs. You are loved! I hold all of your family in my heart.
Pam Guiher
Friend
November 6, 2020
We are so heartbroken and in disbelief. We love you so Jill and Cody. Aunt Carol & Uncle Richard
Carol Jurkowski
Family
November 6, 2020
Gary was a wonderful husband father and grandfather and loved by all his family and friends Rest in Peace and we will miss you so much
Linda Goff
Family
November 6, 2020
Our time with Gary at the family get together’s was great fun ! We will miss you very much but know there are a lot of people watching over Jill , Cody , and the Goff family.
Diane & Mike OBrien
Family
November 6, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to you all. From Captain Jay & Darla Rovniak
Darla Rovniak
Family
November 6, 2020
What a privilege it is to have known such an amazing, kind-hearted man.
Though its been many years since I've spoken to Gary, the memories he
left with me will be held close to my heart. My heart felt condolences go
to his loving family and friends and may God wrap His loving arms around you all in comfort during this difficult time.
Until we meet again Gary, May God Bless you and Keep you.
Joyce (Cole) Brown
Coworker
November 6, 2020
You were a wonderful husband father and grandfather and are going to be missed by so many family and friends May you rest in peace Love Aunt Linda
Linda Goff
Family
November 6, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person.I always had the highest
regards for Gary. Sorry for the loss he will be missed.
Robert Cowart
Coworker
November 6, 2020
There are not enough nice people in this world, and now there is one less. Gary was always truly nice. To everyone. I know he will be greatly missed.
Kathy Williams Fick
Friend
November 6, 2020
Gary was such a nice person to everyone and will be missed by those who knew him. Sending prayers to the family.
Brenda (Barrett) Richards
Classmate
November 5, 2020
The last time that Gary and I had lunch together we talked about our shared family. We shared stories and found that we had the same stories. He talked about how he was going to marry Jill and the love they have for each other! I was so excited when I got to add Gary to my family list on Facebook! I’ve enjoyed watching Gary’s family life over the years and blessed that we are cousins! Fly High Cuz! I’m gonna miss you so much!
Brenda Smith
Family
November 5, 2020
Shannon, Jessica, and Mallory, our hearts go out to you. Your Dad was a special guy, he loved you all, as well as his nieces and nephews. May your memories give you comfort. Peace be with you.
Terry & Margel Smith
Friend
November 5, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family. Gary was such a friendly and caring person and even though I didn't see him often it when running into him it was like we had just visited the day before. What a unique quality! He will be missed by many.
Sheila (Whidden) DeAntoni
Friend
November 5, 2020
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