Gary J. Both

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Gary James Both passed away on Thursday, June 8, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions. He was surrounded by his loving family, who were at his side over the past few months as he courageously fought an aggressive form of brain cancer.
Gary was born June 23, 1967 at South Macomb Hospital and grew up in Warren before his family moved to Northern Michigan in 1978. They built a home in Cedar, and Gary enrolled in Glen Lake Schools. He played basketball and football and became a lifelong Laker follower and avid fan; he especially enjoyed watching his nephews on the court and field.
Gary and his childhood friends enjoyed Northern Michigan's great outdoors and spent many hours fishing at School Lake near his home. He was also a loyal fan of his hometown Detroit sports teams.
Gary graduated from Glen Lake in 1985. He worked in various jobs over his adult life, including for Grand Traverse Industries and his brother's landscaping company.
Although he faced some health-related challenges, Gary always maintained a positive attitude, a warm heart and a wonderful sense of humor. He was a friend to everyone who knew him and had a special relationship with his counselors and caregivers from the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program and the staff at the Pavilions. The family is deeply appreciative of the work of the ACT team that significantly enhanced Gary's quality of life over the past few years.
Gary was preceded in death by his father, Jack Both.
He is survived by his mother, Susan Both; brother, Cliff and his son, Jamisen and his wife, Lisa and their son, Jack; sister, Laura O'Brien and her husband, William, their son, Christopher and his children, Jackson and Liliana; sister, Cindi Both and her daughters, Taylor Dall and Suzanna Both; sister, Tammy Both and her sons, Hunter and Zachary Gushurst; and several loving cousins, aunts and uncles.
The family spent many holidays, birthdays and special occasions together and will always treasure their memories of Gary.
The family is grateful for the kindness and compassion of the Pavilions' staff to keep Gary safe and comfortable during his illness and for the efforts of the Covell Funeral Home. The family also thanks everyone for their messages and condolences over Gary's passing.
A celebration of Gary's life, including a golf outing for family and friends, will be held in the near future.
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Published on August 13, 2019
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4 posts

Christal (Wierman) Maes
Aug 14, 2019
Mythoughts and prayers for his family.
I fondly remember drivers training with Gary and we had to drive together in downtown TC during Cherry Festival. Mr Brendel had to use the extra brake a lot that week!
RIP Gary😥
Brian H
Aug 13, 2019
RIP Gary(bird)
Rhonda Tomlinson Hulber
Aug 13, 2019
Gary was a high school friend of mine. I remember how close he and Anthony were in school-now they can be reunited. I am so sorry for your loss.
Kathy Lanham Gauthier
Aug 13, 2019
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends. I had lost touch with Gary but he was a great guy in high school. I am so sorry for your loss. He is now at peace in heaven. God bless you all.