Gary was the former City of Wilmington Director of Parks & Recreation and was the Deputy Director of Community Services at the time of his retirement in late 2007. He had been employed by the city for 22 years. After retiring, he pursued a lifelong dream to hike the Appalachian Trail.
Throughout his career, his goal was to improve the availability and quality of parks and recreational programs. He was instrumental in the development and passing of the 2006 Parks and Greenspace Bond. This $35.5 million dollar joint bond with the County included improvements to existing parks and facilities, purchasing of land, the development of the Cross City Trail, the building of a softball complex and tennis complex, and securing valuable greenspace. His passionate leadership in this campaign was recognized by many as being a key factor in the successful passage of the bond. He also continued his involved with parks and recreation projects by serving on the Olsen Park Committee.
Gary passed away on May 12, 2011 after a battle with cancer.