IT is with huge sadness that we have to announce the recent passing of Gary, peacefully
IT is with huge sadness that we have to announce the recent passing of Gary, peacefully in hospital, after a relatively short illness, on the evening of Sunday, May 29.
Gary, who lived at Shiplake Cross, managed his illness with great courage and pragmatism, always thinking of others before himself.
Gary was born, brought up and educated in Leicestershire, a county that he remained close to all of his life despite moving around the country and travelling extensively with work for several decades.
In 1983, once Gary had completed his education, he joined Marks & Spencer.
Unbeknown to him at the time, this first professional appointment would take him on a 22-year journey with the company, working throughout the UK and overseas.
His time spent living and working in America and Hong Kong fuelled Gary’s life-long love of travelling and adventure.
After his lengthy relationship with M&S, it was time for a change and Gary moved to another retail company, Fat Face, where he worked for five years. Based on the south coast, Gary was to cultivate new friendships and working relationships with many people and he spent many happy hours in Chichester, a city that he loved.
In 2010, he joined the senior management team of Habitat prior to joining Waitrose as head of change.
At the beginning of this year, Gary moved away from the retail sector and joined estate agents Countrywide as operations director for London. Despite being with the business for only a short time, he made a huge contribution.
Gary’s family meant the world to him. A caring and supportive husband to Carolyn and a fun, loving father to Eleanor and Harry, he valued and cherished his home life.
The family enjoyed many wonderful times together, at home and on holidays, and Carolyn and the children will always remember these times with great affection. Memories made together that will last forever.
In addition to his own family, Gary was also a very caring and loving son and brother.
He also enjoyed many special friendships, some long-standing and some developed more recently.
Gary was a loyal and supportive friend to numerous people and was always there when someone needed a helping hand or a listening ear. Again, many people will treasure special memories of their time with him.
Aside from work and the family, Gary had other interests.
A keen and capable skier, he was always away for a week or two in the winter months.
He loved gardening and was meticulous about the stripes on the lawn, the pruning of the shrubs and the complexities of the irrigation system.
An active holiday planner too, he was always working on the next trip abroad or in this country.
Socialising was always high on the agenda for Gary, who had fun and laughs with friends at every opportunity.
He loved living in this area, cycling through the woods or by the river in Henley, stopping at the pub for a quick pint and enjoying long walks in the countryside.
Indeed, Gary led a full and happy life in all respects and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him and spent time with him.
Despite his passing, he remains with us and will always remain with us, in our minds and in our hearts.
His funeral service will be held at St Peter & Paul’s Church in Church Lane, Shiplake, on Monday (June 13) at 11.30am. This will be followed by a private cremation service for the Â family.
Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, can be made to the Melanoma Research Fund at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital. Visit www.memorygiving.com/garylawsonÂ waldron