Gary was born on July 9‚ 1972‚ in Mount Carmel‚ Pennsylvania. He married Michelle (Aponte) Neidig on August 28‚ 1994. They had four children together‚ Stephanie (age 15)‚ Brenda (age 14)‚ Bradley (age 10)‚ and Crystal (age 10). Gary loved starting a family and couldn’t have been happier about being a father.
His favorite hobbies were fishing and keeping his vehicle clean. He loved to laugh and have fun and made sure everyone around him was enjoying life with him. He looked forward to taking vacations with his family every year. At the time of his death‚ he was employed by Universal Forest Products as a laborer in wood products. There‚ he was loved by many and enjoyed going to work to see a lot of his friends.
Gary graduated from Mount Carmel Area Junior-Senior High School in 1992 and started employment as a laborer. He always wanted to be a firefighter because he loved to help someone when help was needed. His brother started firefighting as a junior firefighter at the age of 14‚ then continued and became a professional firefighter with Baltimore City Fire Department. He wanted to follow those footsteps‚ but was unable to due to having a lifetime history of asthma.
Gary was involved with the Clover Hose Company as a Fire Police Officer for about 10 months. Due to his medical history‚ he was unable to be a firefighter‚ but he still wanted to help and joined the fire police. He was also a member of the Kulpmont Fire Department as a fire police officer.
Gary’s life was cut short‚ but we thank God every day for the memories we have of him. The only reason God chooses to take firemen such as Gary is because he needs the best with him as well. Everyone that knew Gary has lost a huge part of them‚ but the memories that he gave us will live on with us forever and be passed to his children. He is greatly missed by all.