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Gary Gelinas
  • January 12, 1946
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  • May 09, 2019

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Obituary

Gary Gelinas passed into the arms of Jesus May 9, 2019 after living the last decade battling cancer yet recognizing each day as an opportunity to grow in faith.  He loved the Lord and spent most of his days studying God’s word. Gary said that the cancer was a gift that allowed him unexpected time to deepen his relationship with Jesus.  He is survived by his spouse of 38 years, Debbie and their 4 children, Son Kadar and Grandson Oziah, Daughter Morganne, Son Zachary and Daughter Zoe; as well as 3 children from a prior marriage, Daughter Jill and Grandsons Justin, Ethan, Oliver; Sons Anthony and Steven and Grandson Dillon.  His kindheartedness and love for his family will be forever treasured.

If one could summarize this man’s life in a few words, it would have to be that Gary’s greatest passion was to see people accept Christ as their Savior. He was an Elder in the Presbyterian PCA Church after serving as a Deacon of Mercy Ministry. The walls of a church building never restricted his work for the Lord. He ministered to widows, orphans, prisoners, and the homeless, to name a few. He was heavily burdened with a desire to be used to lead the lost out of darkness and save the vulnerable from suffering, especially the most helpless of all, unborn children.

His wife describes her beloved as a man of transparency with an abundant and gracious spirit. He was brutally honest about his own failings in life while holding tight to the forgiveness offered only through Christ. Gary diligently sought God’s heart. He understood the desperate need we all share for Jesus’ sacrifice, pointing others to the One and Only who rescues us from sin and darkness, therefore, his legacy is everlasting.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Gary’s life is being held on June 8, 2019, 10:00 am at Willow Creek Church,4725 E Lake Dr, Winter Springs, FL 32708,

 

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  1. 28 Jun 2019
    jack Haenel says:
    May God bless your soul

  2. 21 Jun 2019
    Debbie lit a candle:
    Lit since June 21, 2019 at 6:04:14 AM

  3. 09 Jun 2019
    Doug & Sheryl Gulick says:
    Our thoughts and Prayers are coming your way Debbie for you and your family. Gary was always a very kind person - he will be missed

  4. 09 Jun 2019
    Doug & Sheryl Gulick lit a candle:
    Lit since June 9, 2019 at 6:49:38 PM

  5. 09 Jun 2019
    Sheryl Gulick lit a candle:
    Lit since June 9, 2019 at 6:48:34 PM

  6. 08 Jun 2019
    Michelle Plaza lit a candle:
    Lit since June 8, 2019 at 6:19:46 AM

  7. 08 Jun 2019
    Michelle Plaza says:
    Our deepest condolences for your loss. May God continue to hold you
    and give you and your family peace knowing that your soulmate lived an awesome life.

  8. 08 Jun 2019
    Judy Ihrig lit a candle:
    Lit since June 8, 2019 at 6:42:43 AM

  9. 08 Jun 2019
    The Hockenberry Family lit a candle:
    Lit since June 8, 2019 at 6:32:05 AM

  10. 08 Jun 2019
    Holly Smith lit a candle:
    Lit since June 8, 2019 at 6:09:31 AM

  11. 07 Jun 2019
    Carol Guillette says:
    I moved here in 2005 and Gary and Deb and their family lived behind me. I have been friends with them for a long time. Gary was a gentle and loving man. A great friend. He would always go out of his way to help anyone. I will miss you my friend until we meet again. Save a place for me. God bless you

  12. 07 Jun 2019
    Pat McCain lit a candle:
    Lit since June 7, 2019 at 6:16:28 PM

  13. 07 Jun 2019
    Paul and Sherry Simkins lit a candle:
    Lit since June 7, 2019 at 6:54:25 PM

  14. 06 Jun 2019
    Morgan Gelinas lit a candle:
    Lit since June 6, 2019 at 6:45:04 PM

  15. 02 Jun 2019
    Debbie Gelinas lit a candle:
    Lit since June 2, 2019 at 6:50:57 PM

  16. 31 May 2019
    Debbie Gelinas posted an image:


  17. 31 May 2019
    Debbie Gelinas posted an image:
    I will always Love You!
    I will always Love You!

  18. 31 May 2019
    Kathryn Stolz says:
    I remember Gary giving Debbie a big kiss in the kitchen! I remember him working puzzles with Zoe. He worked hard for his family. He loved God. Gary was always friendly to me. We had chats about current events and gardening. The thing that stands out to me is he was a dedicated person who made sure I felt comfortable when visiting the home he built. Debbie you were blessed to have had him as your friend and husband.

  19. 24 May 2019
    Debbie Gelinas lit a candle:
    Lit since May 24, 2019 at 5:33:16 AM

  20. 21 May 2019
    Debbie lit a candle:
    Lit since May 21, 2019 at 5:10:33 AM

  21. 19 May 2019
    Debbie lit a candle:
    Lit since May 19, 2019 at 5:27:51 PM

  22. 19 May 2019
    Morgan Gelinas lit a candle:
    Lit since May 19, 2019 at 5:03:30 PM

  23. 19 May 2019
    Morgan Gelinas posted an image:
    I gave my Dad this pillow when I was 6 years old and he held on to it for the rest of his life. His was always there for me, wrapping me gently in his arms, guiding me safely through this crazy wild world, lifting me up in prayer, and guiding me always back to the scriptures. We didn’t agree on everything but we had a great love and affection for each other. I am honored to have been his daughter.
    I gave my Dad this pillow when I was 6 years old and he held on to it for the rest of his life. His was always there for me, wrapping me gently in his arms, guiding me safely through this crazy wild world, lifting me up in prayer, and guiding me always back to the scriptures. We didn’t agree on everything but we had a great love and affection for each other. I am honored to have been his daughter.

  24. 18 May 2019
    Claudia Randolph lit a candle:
    Lit since May 18, 2019 at 5:10:14 AM

  25. 17 May 2019
    Maureen Hathaway says:
    The Gelinas family moved directly in back of my home more years ago than I can to remember. We shared more than a just neighbor relationship. for many years we were family. I watched his children grow up. Gary was for me a kind and gentle neighbor. we were back yard buddies...the never ending task of maintaining I remember calling Debbie at one point in time and asking her if I could hire her husband for my "Honey Do List" always great friends she asked Gary and he did the list. I will forever be grateful for his unselfishness, we helped each other in so many ways "Love Thy Neighbor" was not only a phrase but for my relationship with this family a way we lived in good times and in bad. I will sadly miss my friend. Gary was a staunch Christian his faith never faltered. May you go high upon the mountain my friend, your work on earth is done.

  26. 17 May 2019
    Jack Haenel says:
    Gary will be deeply missed as he was a guiding light for those seeking the everlasting faith in our lord. He shared so much brightness for life it was always spiritual being in his company. May God bless you Gary.

  27. 17 May 2019
    Jack Haenel lit a candle:
    Lit since May 17, 2019 at 5:20:56 PM

  28. 17 May 2019
    Zach Gelinas posted an image:
    My dad and I (Zach). I love him. He was always there for me, carrying me through all the ups and downs life had to offer. He would often offer tidbits of wisdom that I will hold onto for the rest of my life.
    My dad and I (Zach). I love him. He was always there for me, carrying me through all the ups and downs life had to offer. He would often offer tidbits of wisdom that I will hold onto for the rest of my life.

  29. 17 May 2019
    Debbie Gelinas lit a candle:
    Lit since May 17, 2019 at 5:13:30 PM