Lyme - Gary Hayden Reynolds Sr., after a brief battle with cancer, died peacefully Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at home surrounded by family, overlooking beloved Hamburg Cove.
He is the son of the late Laura and Leland Reynolds of Lyme. Gary lived an incredibly full life in his short 69 years, dedicating the majority of his time and talent to the community of Lyme and his family. Gary attended Peddie School after his parents could not keep him away from the family business. After completing a business degree from Babson College, Gary followed his passions and secured a job at The Ford Motor Company in Michigan. After two years, he became ill and recognized the corporate culture was not for him and returned to Lyme. During his short hospital stay at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Marilynn Collins, head nurse, caught his eye. Nine months later, on Aug. 19, 1967 they married. Gary and Marilynn settled in the home they built together and proudly raised three children in Lyme together.
Gary valued community and began his civic contributions in 1977 on the Board of Finance for the Town of Lyme. With his strong leadership skills, his contributions to the town of Lyme and the automotive industry continued strong until his death. His accomplishments include: president and owner of Reynolds' Garage & Marine Inc., member of the Peugeot Advisory Board, former past chief and committee chair for the Lyme Fire Company, chairman of the Lyme Board of Finance (37 years of service), treasurer for the Lyme Congregational Church, member of the Hamburg Cove Yacht Club, Justice of the Peace, board member of The Essex Savings Bank, CT Auto Retailers Association board member, director for the State of CT for the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), chairman of the Regulatory Affairs Committee and executive board member for NADA, and harbormaster for the town of Lyme.
His passions included boating, traveling, NASCAR, tinkering on the Seagraves Fire Truck, and cherished being affectionately called "Pop-Pop" by his seven grandchildren, Charlotte, Lillian, Izzadora, Julia, and Kaleigh Reynolds and Ted and Laura Lee Wayland. Gary enjoyed being an advocate for all auto dealers throughout the country and was passionate about all of the wonderful relationships he developed along the way. He relished weekly luncheons, poker nights and Sunday races with his friends.
Gary is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marilynn C. Reynolds; three children, Leland Thomas Reynolds and wife; Shaleigh Reynolds, twins, G. Hayden Reynolds and wife, Emily Reynolds, and Kathryn R. Wayland and husband, Mark Wayland; and a sister, Carleen Gerber, whom all reside in Lyme.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2013, in First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. Calling Hours will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Lane, Old Lyme, CT.
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Donations in Gary's honor may be directed to The Lyme Ambulance, P.O. Box 911, Hadlyme, CT 06439 or The Lyme Fire Company, 213 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT 06371.