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Gary Wayne Willard

Saturday, January 8, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home



Gary Wayne Willard, 51, died on December 23, 2021 in the arms of his daughters at 12:02 pm at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Maryland. 

Gary is survived by his mother,  Gloria Willard of Rocky Ridge, his brothers Michael Willard Sr. and James Willard, Jr  also of Rocky Ridge, His half siblings Scott Willard and Michelle Willard, His niece Tiffany Abarbanel and nephew Michael Willard Jr., his three aunts Ruby Wachter, Nancy Myers and Carolyn Strawsburg and his two beautiful daughters Madison Willard and Ashley Willard as well as his beloved dog Jake.   Gary was pre-deceased by his father James Willard and grandmother, Catherine Willard. 

Gary was born March 2, 1970 to James Willard and Gloria Willard in Frederick, Maryland. He graduated from Catoctin High School in 1988. He worked in masonry for many years before changing careers. He was one of the best heating & air service technicians in the tri-state area. Gary worked until the very end of his life doing what he loved, while teaching others his skills. Gary spent his life working hard for his daughters, playing his guitar, and driving his Mustangs. He loved playing with the band "Over the Edge" and has many fond memories from playing music with his friends. Gary will be fondly remembered by his close friends Tracy and Al Bare, Travis Bowers,  Zach Nichols, Steve Drumheller,  Alan Cover, Dave O' Connell, Becky Willard, Kelly and Chris D'Atri, and many more. 

The family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD on Saturday, January 8, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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To his girls Madison and Ashely Your father loved you guys very much. When we would hangout with the band he was so excited to do a solo part. Please know that I am praying for you and your family's. I will definitely cherish the friendship that we had with Gary. Please if you need anything don't be afraid to contact me. We love you Kathy Copenhaver and Family

Kathy Copenhaver
Gettysburg , PA

Madison and family, We are so sorry to hear about your father. I know many years have passed, however we cherish the fond memories and are sending love and prayers to you from the whole Belt (Stowell) family!!!

Emily Belt
Fairfield, PA

My thoughts and prayers to Aunt Gloria, Jimmy , Michael, Scott, and Michelle. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray you find peace in precious memories.

Donna Jean Shoup
Berkeley Springs, WV

My heartfelt condolences to Madison, Ashley, and all those closest to Gary. I am so sorry for your loss. In my mind , Gary will always be Buppy. When we were kids that’s all I knew him by. Rest easy cousin. Until we meet again.

Donna Shoup
Berkeley Springs , WV

Worked with Gary at Thompson’s services. saw him play in over the edge, actually have one of the T-shirts. He worked hard and played hard, he will be missed.

Donald Spurgeon
Hagerstown, MD

Im so sorry to hear this Gloria,Mike and Jimmy. Thinking about you all.You left us way to soon Buppie. Had alot of great memories with you growing up in the Ridge. RIP my friend until we meet again on the other side. Kevin Albaugh Rocky Ridge

Kevin E Albaugh

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