GARY GELMINI 1948 - 2016
Norwich - Gary Gelmini, loving husband, father and friend to many, passed too soon from our lives on June 30, at Suncoast Hospice, St. Petersburg, Florida, after loosing his battle with cancer.
Gary was born in Norwich, Connecticut on July 16, 1948 to Lisa (Scaia) and Mo Gelmini. He attended Norwich Free Academy, graduating in 1966. He received his Bachelors Degree in teaching from Castleton State University, Vermont; Masters from Eastern Connecticut State University; a 6th Year in Administration from UCONN. He was a science teacher at both Kelly and Teachers' Memorial Middle Schools and the principal of Buckingham Elementary until 2003. He enjoyed being the principal of a school where he always knew he had the most dedicated staff and students. Gary was also an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University, teaching courses in school administration.
Upon retirement, he and his wife, Sandy became snow birds, living in Tierra Verde, Florida for the winters and their home in Lisbon, Connecticut during the summers.
Gary loved and was extremely proud of his children, Heather and Jason, who followed in his footsteps and entered the education profession. He had received the special gift of beautiful twin granddaughters, Ava and Sofia, and grandson, Sam, children of Jason and Alicia Gelmini.
Gary was a lifelong Yankee fan, living in Red Sox Country. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, playing at the craps tables with his lifelong friends, Tony Girard and Andy Nacsin, being a part of Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club in St. Petersburg, Florida, his morning coffee with the guys at the Bait Bucket Tackle Shop in Tierra Verde, his beloved Cavalier, Katie, and especially being with Sandy, his wife of 45 years.
Gary also leaves sister Marybeth Doherty and husband Jim; his dear sister-in-law, Maryann DiStefano, her husband, John; brothers-in-law: Dave and Joe Maniaci; nephews Nick and Vincent DiStefano, niece Meghan Taylor, her husband, Mike, cousins Karen Roy, and husband Roger, cousins Mary-Ellen Delaney and Lori Ratchelous and the many friends he truly enjoyed during his lifetime.
Gary's quick wit and sense of humor could always bring a laugh to all who knew him. He will be missed by those fortunate to have had him in their lives.
The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staff at Northside Hospital and Suncoast Hospice, Bayfront Medical Center for the exceptional care given to Gary.
Arrangements were with the Andrew and McQueen Funeral Home, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Services will be private.
Published in Norwich Bulletin on Jul. 2, 2016.