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Robert A. Gary III - local civic leader

Bob Gary, a longtime Deltaville resident, died July 17, 2008 following a brief illness.

Upon his graduation from University of Richmond in 1942, he was employed by Southern States Cooperative. Mr. Gary served in the Army in World War II.

He received his certified public accountant license in 1956 and founded the firm of Gary Stosch Walls and Co. and retired in 1978. He completed the Wharton School Program in Advanced Management for CPA Firm Partners in June 1976. He participated in several real estate projects, including the development of Queen Anne’s Cove Condominiums in Urbanna.

He and his wife Erma moved from Richmond to Deltaville 15 years ago. He soon became a leader in local community affairs. He was the first chairman of the newly-formed Industrial Development Authority (IDA) in Middlesex, and was treasurer at the time of his death.

“Bob enhanced the quality of life for the people of Middlesex County,” said county supervisor Fred Crittenden. “When he moved here he brought his expertise and leadership to many aspects of county life. Bob loved Middlesex County and its people. He will be sorely missed.”

In addition, his community involvement and support included the Middlesex YMCA, Middlesex Public Library, Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, Deltaville Community Association, and the Rappahannock Power and Sail Squadron. He was current treasurer of the Piankatank Camp and Conference Center project. Mr. Gary was a strong and faithful member of the Lions club for many years.

He was a member of Zoar Baptist Church where he served on several committees and was the chairman of the building committee.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Kathy Alexander, and her husband Harper; his son, Ted Gary; his wife’s children, Lee Coldiron, Ella Bryant, Beth Frohn and Hal Coldiron; and 12 grandchildren.

posted 07.24.2008

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