Gary R. Lavoie
GaryRayLavoie, 70, passed away on March 20, 2017 with his family at his side. After an 8 month battle, he succumbed to kidney cancer at Lee Memorial, the same hospital where he was born in 1946. Gary’s parents,Ernest Lavoie, Jr. and Jeannette Nault Lavoie,were early residents of Ft. Myers, moving herefrom New Hampshirein 1922.Gary attended St. Francis Xavier School, graduated from Fort Myers High (1964), and earned an Associate’s degree from Edison Community College (1966).
Gary was acertified generalcontractor.His career started with Walter Kaune III Construction. During his 20 years in construction, Gary helped to build or repair over 1,000 buildings. He then began working for the state of Florida;Gary retired fromEnvironmental Engineering after 25 years. In all he did, Gary waslogical,intelligent, and reliable.Hewasalways willing to help others and was usually working behind the scenes to fixor prevent problems.
Gary lovedbeing on the water. He enjoyed boating,fishing,snorkeling, and, in his younger years, water-skiing. At home, he was happy tinkering in his workshop,barbecuing, watching football, and growing fruit trees, especially mangoes.
Gary is survived by Joyce, hislovingwife of 47 years, and Jennifer, theirbeloved daughter,who brought him great joy and pride.
On Saturday,April 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM, aMemorial Mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Fort Myers.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Gary’s name to Mote Marine’s Coral Restoration Program.https://mote.org/support/donate
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.