Gary Wayne Avery, 57, of St. James City passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2011. He was born Oct. 31, 1953, in Patterson, N.J.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Lois "Lucy" Avery of St. James City; mother, Diane Avery of Vero Beach, Fla.; brothers, Al Avery of Greenville, Fla., and Dan Avery of Delray Beach, Fla.; a nephew, A.J. Avery of Boynton Beach, Fla.; a niece, Jennifer Avery Whigham; a great-nephew, Cody; an aunt, Anita Avery of Elwood Park, N.J;. and numerous aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Avery.
He was a resident of St. James City for the past 20 years after moving here from Delray Beach. When he lived in Delray Beach he worked for Liquid Ag and was co-owner of Avery Brothers.
He was best known on the island for working at Island Hardware and for repairing boats, boat lifts and davits. Most recently he worked part-time at Boat Lift U.S. He was known by many as "the man who could fix anything."
He was the commander of the Sons of the American Legion Post 136 in St. James City. The legion considers itself a family. He was a key member of our family that probably no one individual could replace any time soon.
There will be a service to celebrate the life of Gary at the American Legion on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m. The Legion will be serving lunch after the service. Please bring a covered dish to pass if possible.
There will be a last farewell to Gary Avery Sunday, Aug. 7, at 11:30 a.m., when boats will leave "Lucy's Landing," 3966 Plumosa Drive, St. James City, to spread his ashes.
We may have other meeting spots for boats to congregate. Call the American Legion for more information.
In lieu of flowers, Lucy Avery requests that donations be made to the American Legion in Gary's memory to be put into the "Building Fund," which he was very involved in.