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Gary James Strachan, Sr., 65, of Orlando passed away on August 2, 2013 at his home. Gary was born on May 20, 1948 in Oshkosh, WI to Frank and Evelyn (Stilp) Strachan. His family moved to South Florida where he graduated from McArthur High School in 1966. He later went on to earn an Associate's Degree in Fine Arts from Miami Dade Junior College in 1969. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served as a mapper during the Vietnam War. He was a graphic artist and sign painter by trade and after working for different companies he established AAA New Art Signs in North Carolina and later Strachan Art & Sign in 1992 in Orlando.
Gary enjoyed spending time with his large family and close friends. He enjoyed camping, photography, gardening, biking, boating and attending music festivals. Gary excelled at DIY activities and collected an array of gadgets, which he shared with everyone. He loved to laugh and tell stories on his back porch he built himself. He enjoyed cooking and never let someone leave with an empty stomach. He found a friend in every situation. He was a teacher, confidant, advisor, and listener. He believed no one is ever lost, just on another adventure. His children will remember him as the best Dad on the planet.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his stepfather, Tom O'Connell, and brothers Greg and Tim.
Gary is survived by his loving wife, Lyndsey, their daughter Grace Strachan; his second wife Pamela Coon and their daughters, Heather Moniz and her husband, Dean; and Amber Strachan; his first wife, Wendy Freeman and their children, Tamitha Betti and Gary Strachan, Jr.; his stepchildren, Amanda Proctor and James Proctor; his grandchildren, Alexander, Tylor, and Aaron; his siblings, Frank Strachan Jr., Geraldine Russell, and Faithanne Hewson; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.
An informal party to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, August 10th starting at noon at the family's residence in Orlando. All who knew and loved Gary are welcome to attend.
Memorial donations can be sent to the charity of your choice.
Gary always dreamt of being able to fly like a bird. He got his chance that Friday to soar with the angels and watch over us from above.
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