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Garry M Stevens

Garry  M. Stevens, 74, of Cherry Creek N.Y. entered into rest April 17, 2018.

He was born August 27, 1943 in Elmira, NY to the late John and Irene Stevens.

Garry was a member of the United States Army during the Vietnam War, worked for the NYS Dept. of Corrections for 29 years and loved motorcycling, fishing, working on his land and enjoyed wintering in Florida with all his North Country friends. He was also a lifelong member of the NRA.

Loving husband to Carole; cherished father to Derek (Jill) Stevens and Bethany Burger; grandfather to Justin, Laurel, Katie, Colin, Griffin and Paige; stepfather to Michael Schroeder and the late Michelle Cooke; brother to David, Connie and Pamela; special friend to Cynthia Mullen and her children Angelica and James also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

No services will be observed.

Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements entrusted to DiStasio Funeral Home, South Dayton


I will always remember Garry with a smile.....one that he had and one he always gave to me. We sat next to each other on the Sunday morning at our last high school reunion and had such a nice visit rehashing memories and looking forward to making new ones. My thoughts are with the family. I know our class of '61 at Horseheads High School will greatly miss him too.

Linnie Kennon McKee Apr 24 2018 12:00 AM

Garry was a lifetime Friend.
We shared many memories.
I enjoyed seeing him at reunions and keeping our communications updated through email and Facebook. He will be missed by me and many others.

Ron Mills Apr 23 2018 12:00 AM

I was very sorry to hear of Garry's passing. He and my Dad, Bill Sayers, were very good friends in high school and then joined the US Army Paratroopers together. Then they both became correction officers. I grew up hearing my Dad tell stories of their adventures together. Garry will be missed.

Kathy (Sayers) McCullouch Apr 20 2018 12:00 AM

Dave and I heard the name Garry Stevens most of our adult lives and occasionally our paths would cross. It wasn't until we spent time in Florida that we really got to know him and Carole. They showed us Florida. We ate, toured, talked, and laughed together. He was tolerant of my less conservative beliefs (he called me his favorite antagonist), enjoyed his visits to Dave's office where they would solve the world's problems. Garry had a way with words. Oftentimes those words would make the Pope blush but they would also produce a hidden smile. He liked history and even researched the Battle of Plattsburgh so he could discuss it with me. Oh, and The Ormandy! He was so willing to open his condo so others could enjoy the Stevens hospitality. He was kind. Who would dig out the fishing equipment just to let a five-year old experience ocean fishing? When we went to see our first rocket launch he let the most excited person (me) use the binoculars. Carole and Garry were so proud of the estate they created and were happy to welcome overnight guests. Who knew you could actually smell grapes as you were driving by? Come November, Florida will not be the same. RIP Garry

Dave and Jan Apr 20 2018 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Carole. May the love of family and friends help to bring some comfort to you.

Donna and Tony Paternostro Apr 19 2018 12:00 AM

We have lost a dear precious friend that seems to have been our lives forever. I met Garry on October 26, 1968 at a wedding, he may have crashed. My husband met him in 1967 during his first days working at Green Haven Prison, as it was known then. They shared housing until we married. Garry was an usher at our wedding in 1969. We have so many happy, shared memories...visits to the North Country, Elmira, Cherry Creek, the 1980 Winter Olympics and most recently, Florida 6 weeks ago. The boys had different political views which always made for interesting conversations. For the most part they didnt even like the same things, but maybe thats why they were friends for so many years. We reveled in each others promotions in the Department of Correction, Tom even working for Garry at Midstste. I am sure his friends Ron & Mike, who passed away before him, greeted him on their bikes to escort him through the pearly gates.

Tom & Robin Canning Apr 19 2018 12:00 AM


Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We enjoyed sitting and talking around the fire pit with Garry at the July 4th parties. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed life. We will miss him.

Diane and Pat

Diane and Pat Apr 19 2018 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you And your family . I will always remember our Thursday crew and all of the fun we had . Gary is a very special man and will be miss dearly. I am so glad I had the chance to be part of your lives . Carol I am so sorry for your loss

Cory Ryan Dougherty Apr 19 2018 12:00 AM

What a wonderful man with the attributes that many lack. His love for his wife, grandchildren and the twins had been the best love to have known and witness.He had so many tricks up his sleeve to make repairs and behind every teaching there was a lesson learned. A Veteran, A State Employee and a great Neighbor; he left a footprint in this society.My heart aches, he wouldwant me to dig deepand to carry on our traditions, cry when need be, laugh again when ready, and share his attributes. Angelica and James admired you, loved you and now will miss you. As kids, they will talk to you in their bed time prayers.

muldoon731@hotmail.com Apr 18 2018 12:00 AM

My name is Angelica Rose Mullen, he loved meso much for all of my 8 years. He was always bright and cheerful every time I visit. He made the best pies I ever tasted and He cooked the most delicious spaghetti sauce. I already miss his big, tight, bear hugs and I wish I could have more. At least I know I can talk to him in my heavenly prayers. Also I know to do all good things because he is keeping a watchful eye. I you!

Angelica rose Mullen Apr 18 2018 12:00 AM

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