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25 Broad Street
Hamilton, NY 13346
Phone: 315-824-2417
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Gary DeSimone

Gary E. DeSimone

April 2, 1956 - February 7, 2021
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CHATTANOOGA, TN: Gary E. DeSimone, 64, of Oakwood Ave., passed away Sunday, February 7, 2021 at his daughters’ home surrounded by family.
He was born in Utica, NY on April 2, 1956, a son of Elvon and Irene Condon DeSimone. Gary was raised in Clinton, NY. He received his Associate Degree in Electrical Technology from MVCC. Gary was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era, from 1973 to 1979, serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger CVA-61, going to Westpac twice. He was married to Jean Edick with whom he shares 3 children. He later married Carol Heidt. Gary was employed at Kelsey Hayes Co., Carrier Corp. in NY and then Volkswagen of Chattanooga until retiring in 2017.
Surviving are his wife, Carol; daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Robert Lawyer of Ooltewah, TN; 2 sons, Joseph DeSimone of Spring City, TN. and Gregory DeSimone of Chattanooga, TN; a sister, Diane and Daniel McDonough, Vernon Center, NY; 3 brothers, Thomas and Michael DeSimone of Utica, NY; Paul and Bethany DeSimone of Sangerfield. NY; 8 grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Gary was a devoted husband and father. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren who he loved dearly. He enjoyed fishing with his grandkids and target shooting with his sons. He was one of the best and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and anybody who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 11am to 12:30pm. Masks are required.
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Bernard’s Church on Saturday at 1pm and will be streamed live.
Interment will be in St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Waterville.
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  • Visitation

    February 13, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:30am
    February 13, 2021 11:00am - 12:30am
    Kloster & Northrop Memorial Chapel at Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home
    210 East Main Street
    WATERVILLE, NY 13480
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    masks are required for all attending
  • Mass of Christian Burial

    February 13, 2021 | 1:00pm
    February 13, 2021 1:00pm
    St. Bernard's Church
    199 Stafford Ave.
    Waterville, NY 13480
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    The mass is private but will be live streamed
    Fr. Jason Hage
  • Interment

    St. Bernard's Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    WATERVILLE, NY 13480
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Bob Curtacci

Posted at 10:32am
I first met Gary at MVCC. I remember looking at a Harley with 4 inches of snow on it. Some tall guy walked up, brushed the snow off, said "it's my only means of transportation", rode off. We were in most of the same classes, reconnected a few years later at Kelsey Hayes (Utica Corp). We worked together there and at Carrier doing the same job. He was well liked at work. He could get people laughing but was also very respected for his skills and knowledge that he freely shared. I heard his great stories so many times over the years. My wife and I had a lot of good times with him and Carol. I will never forget him, proud to call him my friend. Godspeed buddy.

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Bob & Colleen Curtacci

Darlene Lawyer Posted at 08:38am

Thanks for the kind words. He considered you a good friend and spoke of you frequently over the years. He will be missed.

Joseph Jones

Posted at 10:19am
Gary and I met when he was doing his maintenance apprenticeship at VW in Chattanooga. We were both ex military, me having retired from the Army. He was a few months older than me so we hit it off very well. Most of the Southerners couldn’t understand Gary’s accent so I often was the go to guy to see what he needed. I advanced there but always knew if I needed anything, I could always count on him. He retired a few months before I did and we kept in touch. We spoke last on Veterans Day last year and we were always planning on grabbing a cup of coffee someplace but never found the time. He was a friend and I missed seeing him at the Dub once he left. I know he will be missed by everyone who knew him well and I count myself fortunate to be one of them.

Darlene Lawyer Posted at 08:40am

Thanks for your kind words for my dad. He said he missed some of the people from VW the most. He was a great guy.

Darlene Lawyer Posted at 08:40am

Thanks for your kind words for my dad. He said he missed some of the people from VW the most. He was a great guy.

Kim Zogby

Posted at 08:15am
Diane, Tom, Mike, and Paul and families: My heart just breaks for you. Sending hugs and prayers your way.

Kathy Erin

Posted at 11:19pm
So many fond memories of Gary when we were kids. Very happy we were able to reconnect. Condolences to his children Darlene, Joe, and Greg and siblings Diane, Tom, Michael and Paul. Hold tight to your precious memories. He is forever in your heart. Cousin Kathy (Desimone) Erin

Darlene Lawyer Posted at 08:41am

Thanks Kathy, you all have been so supportive and we are so happy to reconnect!


Posted at 09:44pm
There are many memories of birthdays celebrations holidays spent with our joint grandchildren He is going to be missed tremendously The lawyer family Jill Becky and Colleen

Darlene Lawyer Posted at 08:42am

Thank you for helping take care of my babies while I was away.

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