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Gary P. Mitchell

Obituary for Gary P. Mitchell

May 3, 1950 - June 9, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 70

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Gary P. Mitchell, age 70, passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas with his devoted family by his side.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip Joseph Jr. and Rose (Peluso) Mitchell. Gary is survived by his loving wife of 39 years Gladie Mitchell; son Larry Mitchell and wife Karen and granddaughters Brenna and Abbey Mitchell, all of San Antonio; sisters Gail Mitchell of Taunton, Massachusetts and Janet Marzilli of Warwick, Rhode Island; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, in-laws (or outlaws as he lovingly referred to all), extended family and a lifetime of friends.

Raised in Warwick, Rhode Island, Gary played ice hockey, baseball, and intramural football. He caddied at the Warwick Country Club and attended Bishop Thomas F. Hendrickson High School. He graduated from Providence College with a BSBA in Accounting and received his Master of Business Administration at Bryant College. A devout Catholic, Gary was a current parishioner at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Stone Oak area of San Antonio.

Gary was loved by all who knew him, and was especially famous for his corny "Gary jokes" over the years. He loved studying the weather and took pride in quickly finding the answer to any question that his family asked, earning the nickname "Gary Google". His favorite leisure activities over the years included racquetball, walking, and golfing. He also played in several amateur golf leagues. He was a Member and Past President of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), predecessor to the Association of Supply Chain Management (ASCM).

After leaving Atlanta, he moved to West Palm Beach, Florida and was Vice President, IT Operations at Florida Crystals Corporation. After nearly 15 wonderful years with FCC, he retired and moved to San Antonio, Texas with his wife to be near his son, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters. That is when his life changed in so many positive ways.

Gary was known as Voo to his granddaughters, who were the light of his life. He was a devoted grandfather to his little girls from the moment they were born. He would drop them off or pick them up from school when needed. His nickname became "Voober," a mashup of "Voo" and "Uber". He attended every music concert, football game and marching band competition whenever the girls were involved. He was thrilled to be able to take them for ice cream or Chic-fil-A, or even to the mall to buy cosmetics if they asked. He traveled the world to see them when they were small. During his retirement years, he enjoyed volunteering with their high school band booster club.

Gary was also a devoted New England sports fan. All throughout his life, he loved going to New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics games. He also followed NASCAR racing, having held season tickets for several years while residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Often, he would be found glued to the TV if he were unable to attend the games and would pace until they were over, shouting with joy whenever his teams won. His biggest delight was watching New England Patriots football games with his son Larry. Armed with plenty of snacks, food, and beverages, the two would cheer on their team. Another of their favorite activities was watching golf together, especially the Masters Tournament.

Gary enjoyed traveling the U.S. and Europe for both business and pleasure. He and Gladie shared many wonderful vacations together over the years.

Leading up to his retirement he talked about his dream to volunteer for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. In 2018 he made that dream a reality as he began volunteering as a Wish Granter with the Central and South Texas, San Antonio Chapter of Make a Wish Foundation.

Gary was an impeccable dresser during his professional life, and in more recent days his family loved seeing him in a relaxed wardrobe of Life is Good T-shirts, a baseball cap slightly crooked on his head, sunglasses askew upon his hat, and a "rooster tail" of hair sticking out the back.

He will be missed tremendously by all whose lives he touched in some way: his devoted family, coworkers, friends, extended family, and neighbors.

Gary's Rosary will be held on Monday, July 6th at 7pm, at Porter Loring North:
https://www.porterloring.com/about-us/locations/

His Funeral mass will be the next morning, 10am on Tuesday, July 7th at Holy Trinity Catholic Church:
https://holytrinitysat.org/parish-staff

Previously recorded services may be viewed via link below:
https://admin.mediafusionapp.com/_live/embedPlayer.php?contentId=85382

Gary was passionate about Make a Wish Foundation and was an active Wishmaker for the Central and South Texas Chapter.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Make a Wish Foundation.
To donate in honor of Gary, please follow the instructions below:

Go to https://secure2.wish.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=donate_now&chid=100-000
Choose 'Donate in Honor or Memory'
For 'Dedicate my gift to' enter 'Gary P. Mitchell'
For 'Send card to' enter:
- Gladie Mitchell
- RememberGaryM@icloud.com
Under 'Direct your donation' select 'Local' and then 'Make a Wish Central and South Texas, San Antonio Regional Office'

Final interment of Gary's remains will take place in his home state of Rhode Island in the fall.

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San Antonio, TX 78232
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