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“We're so sorry for this sudden loss. We are thinking of you all. Gary and his Dad are playing ball together again. ”
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“Sending prayers and condolences from our family to yours.. R.I.P. ”
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Gary Vincent Phair, age 55 of Warren, died Thursday, September 21, 2017 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He was born February 15, 1962 in Detroit, son of Robert and Dolores Phair.

Born in Detroit, Gary's family would eventually relocate a little north to the bedroom community of Center Line where Gary enjoyed his growing years and attended St. Clement School. Following school, he went to work within the concrete trade as a general laborer, a business he shared amongst other family members who had chosen this same path. Gary was a hard worker who was always there to answer the call as needed, and always gave the best of his abilities.

As for some of his pastimes away from work, Gary had quite the appetite for sports and was a devout fan of everything and anything that had to do with the University of Michigan athletics. There's been no better or devoted banner waver than Gary when it came to his famed teams from the U of M. And, of course, his enjoyment with all the "Sports in the D," as well as the Pittsburg Steelers, provided a great accompaniment and fill-in to his college sports pleasures. And watching all of this action of television was never more pleasurable than sharing it with his best friend and brother-in-law, Jeff. As for participating in sports, Gary managed to garner great fun and memories over the years from his days of swingin' the bat in the game of softball. As one can detect from his sporting delights, Gary was all about "team sports" and the camaraderie built when like minds and hearts come together for the sake of shared victories. That's just the kind of guy that everyone knew Gary to be.

Another of his favorite things to do came with every trip and visit the family enjoyed together at Houghton Lake, a destination that provided a host of wonderful memories of "Summers on the Lake." A bit of a different kind of pleasure, and in a destination much further south of the Mitten, came through his love of Clearwater, Florida and the more tropical setting it held. The Panhandle State offered Gary many opportunities to escape the well-known here at home for a taste of the occasional bliss amidst the warm southern climate and scenery. But of all the places and escapes that brought him joy, Gary's garage & "ManCave" afforded him the pleasures and amenities that enhanced his life immeasurably. Complete with a bar and cable TV, it was like his "home away from home" where he enjoyed both the solitude at times, as well as the company of family & friends at others. It was simply the happenin' place to be.

At times, it's funny to think about the things that make a person stand out,…and for Gary, everyone will forever remember (affectionately) what a horrible speller he was. Though his verbiage could often be deciphered, everything changed for Gary the day he discovered "Talk-to-Text" on his phone. And it gloriously enhanced his interactions with family and friends as well. All of a sudden, communicating became easy and smooth,…and correct. As they'd say in the south,…"bless his little heart."

For Gary, fun and entertainment came in many forms, but never more enjoyable and memorable than in those precious "family times." Family meant the world to Gary and each treasured moment impacted his heart immensely. If there was a party, he was there. And being the youngest of seven children, he also held a bit of that competitive spirit and thrived on being the "Star of the Show." But really, he was nothing more than a Big Ol' Teddy Bear, a sensitive guy who wore his heart on his sleeve. He would do anything he could to help, and was truly the exemplification of a guy who would give you the shirt off his back. He couldn't lie,…his face would surely give him away. But his face also gave away the important message of the care that resided within, and how deeply it molded his heart and guided him often,…just like through the unselfish care he provided his Dad toward his life's end. Gary was very proud of the opportunity and blessing he was given to reach out in that way and attend to his father's needs.

A loving husband, (even though he and Laura were like oil & water, but loved each other deeply in their marriage of five and a half years), father, and grandfather, Gary poured the finer parts of his love and strengths into nurturing those who were closest to his heart. His children were the stars that lit his sky each day, and those cherished grandbabies of his made the better parts of his being jump for joy. Gary's life was truly enveloped by many who cared for him, and the same of whom he held in the highest regard. Life had its challenges for Gary, but his family was often the force that brought him back to center. The love they shared was real, and now takes on a special dynamic as his absence is sure to be filled by the Guardian Angel who will watch over them and await that grand reunion someday. He leaves us far too soon, but not without leaving a legacy of love to be cherished and embraced with each reflection shared. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Gary was the loving husband of Laura Lynne. Beloved father of Jessica (Tim) Clark, Alesha (Tom) Martiss, Michael Phair, and Robert Phair. Step-father of Todd Lombardo, Bradley Freeman, and Lexi Freeman. Dearest brother of Nancy Phair, Gregory (Cindy) Phair, Denise (Jeff) Celmer, David Phair, Karen (Jeff) Dodd, and Patricia (Donald) Monette. Cherished Papa of Colten, Elizabeth & Owen.

Visitation for Gary will be held Monday, September 25th from 5 - 9 pm, with a 7:00 pm Funeral Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile Road) in Warren.

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