In Memory

Gary Whitehead

Gary Whitehead

Gary A. Whitehead

GUYS MILLS — Gary A. Whitehead, 72, of Guys Mills died peacefully at home Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

He was born in Meadville on Feb. 1, 1942, a son of Edson S. and Virginia Armour Whitehead.

He was the owner and operator of Whitehead Tool and Design in Guys Mills for 20 years, retiring in 2005. Previously he worked at Talon Inc. and various other local tool and die companies.

He was a 1960 graduate of Meadville High School and he attended Allegheny College and Alliance College. He also graduated from Talon’s Tool and Die Apprenticeship Program.

He was a member and past master of Masonic Lodge 408, member of Erie Consistory, Zem Zem Shrine Temple, Erie, and the Crawford County Shrine Club. In 1982 Gary took a year and sailed his sailboat from Erie to Chicago, down the Illinois Waterway to the Mississippi River, into the Gulf of Mexico and around the Caribbean. A trip he truly enjoyed.

He is survived by a son, Mark A. Whitehead of Pittsburgh; two brothers, Dale W. Whitehead and his wife, Debbie, of Conneaut Lake, and John (Jack) R. Whitehead and his wife, Joann, of Springfield, Ohio; a cousin, with whom he was very close, retired Col. Richard R. Waite and his wife, Audrey, of Sedona, Ariz.; and a niece, Ashley Whitehead of Pittsburgh.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Calling hours will be Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Robert W. Waid Funeral Home Inc., 581 Chestnut St., Meadville, with a Masonic service at 8 p.m.

Interment will be in Greendale Cemetery on Saturday at 11 a.m.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Meadville Area Masonic Center (Building Fund), 21635 Star Route 27, Meadville, Pa. 16335.

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08/07/14 10:44 PM #1    

Carol LaWanda Wills (Frew)

Sorry to hear, such a nice guy, he was in my home room when we were alphabetecal, life is just flying by, never enough time, sounds like he accomplished a lot in life, so sorry for his family. carol lawanda wills frew

08/08/14 03:12 PM #2    

John Peterson

My parents were good  friends of the Whiteheads, and my brother Dave and I played with Gary, Dale and Jack when they lived on Rogers Ferry Road. Gary was a life long friend, and I'm going to miss him. May God rest his soul.

John Peterson

08/09/14 11:43 AM #3    

Joyce Miller (Nedley)

Garu Whitehead's family lived around the bend on Rogers Ferry Road. His folks were
friends of my folks. They were great people. So sorry to hear about Gary
Joyce Miller Nedley

08/09/14 01:38 PM #4    

Paul O. Walker

For many years Pennsylvania Freemasons had sincerely, yet seemingly far too often, uttered these words, “Farewell, my Brother; thou hast gone to meet thy God, and may He approve thee.”

With humility I join all those who endure profound sorrow at Gary’s passing.

Paul O. Walker, P.D.D.G.M. of the Fifty-Sixth Masonic District, and former member of Lodge No. 408, F. and A. M.

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