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In memory of Gary Florence

Created by Family Of Gary Florence

Gary Florence

Gary was a bright, talented man, with a heart of gold. He never turned one person away when they reached out to him for help.
Gary was musical, an artist. He was a wonderful son, husband, father, sibling, and friend.
Gary was clean and sober and doing well for about 5 years. He relapsed and died while on a waiting list to enter rehab in Evanston, Wyoming. He is one of many who lost their battle because of the waiting lists, and not falling into the necessary criteria. ]
Gary has left a terrible hole in the lives of everyone that loved him, especially his siblings. As for me, I feel like a part of my soul or spirit has been amputated, and not an amputation that is visible to anyone.
Gary was loved unconditionally, a joy to know, and I am proud he was my son, even if only for 29 years. I have a deep pool of sorrow that lives in me. I have learned to live around it, but I will always have it inside of my heart.

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Guest Book


1. Angela Gwynn Mother Of Dallas Nguyen
Charlene, I am so sorry you have lost Gary. My son too was a musician, with that same soft kind heart. Our pain will never go away, no matter how many years go by. We learn to pet it and sing it to sleep sometimes, but it is always there. I too, know of the cursed waiting list game. It is an abominable outrage. The years go by and still more of our children die waiting. And the heart waits. Much Love and Peace to you and upon Gary.