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Gary G Watermasysk, Brooklawn Volunteer Fireman, Zoning Board Member


On January 16th, 2020, Gary G. Watermasysk, age 68, passed away from this earth while surrounded by his family. He was predeceased in death by his parents, Stanley and Dorothy (Sing) Watermasysk, and his siblings Stanley, Russell and Dorothy. Gary is survived by his Screen Shot 2020-01-19 at 19.55.26four children Scott (Beata), Mark (Kim), Keith (Kristen), and Kristi-Lynn; his grandchildren Kylie, Kollin, Kendal, Kelsey, Jason, Emily, Kaylee, Caleb, Zachary, and Sophia; the mother of his children and friend Sandy Sheehan; and life-long friends Don and Kathy Ellis.

Gary was born on October 28th, 1951, at Audubon Hospital. He was the youngest of his siblings and spent the vast majority of his life living in Gloucester City and Brooklawn. He worked for A&P Food Markets, Fleming Foods, and retired from Wonder Bread. He served as a lifetime fireman for Brooklawn Volunteer Fire Company, where he also held several leadership positions during his tenure there. Gary served on the Zoning Board for both Brooklawn and Gloucester City. Without a doubt, Gary’s life passion was his children and grandchildren. As great of a dad, as he was, he was an even better Pop-pop. He would do anything for his family and was often found cheering them on from the sidelines of every sport or activity they had. He would spend full days hopping between games to see his kids or grandchildren play. Gary instilled his dedication to his family in each of his children and grandchildren. Gary was known for being genuine, caring, helpful, funny, and kind; however, his sarcasm and quick-witted nature will be remembered fondly. If there was a joke to be made, you could count on Gary to make it right up until his last moments. Gary loved to travel with his family and was able to go to places such as Switzerland to visit his son, Disney more times than we could count, and cruises to various beautiful locations. He was also an avid Philadelphia sports fan and was thrilled to see the Eagles pull off a Super Bowl win!

His loving family and friends will forever remember Gary. He did not want us to be sad, so his family asks that anyone who can share a funny or happy memory of him, please do so. He wasn’t a fancy person and did not want a lot of fuss made over him. For those joining us for his celebration of life, please feel free not to be too fancy as well. For those interested in doing so, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) 1415 Rt. 70, #311 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 as Gary longed for a cure to Type 1 Diabetes for his grandson. To all reading this- please spend time with your family, take a vacation or share a laugh in his honor. Those are the things Gary enjoyed most, and that is how we will all remember him.

Relatives, friends, firefighters and neighbors are invited to join Gary’s family on Saturday morning, January 25, 2020 between 10:00 am and 12:30 pm at Creran Celebration Etherington & Creran Funeral Homes 700 Powell St. Gloucester City where a funeral and remembrance ceremony will begin at 12:30 pm. #crerancelebration #heartfelt