Steven Tompkins ’04
September 28, 2016
Kirk Wagar ’90
September 28, 2016

Gary Verdine ’73 (Music), 65, passed away on September 1, 2016 at his home, with family at his side, after a long battle with brain cancer.  Gary was born February 3, 1951, in Rochester, the son of the late Lyle and Evelyn Ghyzels Verdine. He graduated from Williamson High School, earned degrees in both Education and Music at Robert Wesleyan College. Gary continued at Nazareth College, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Education. He loved teaching and for thirty-nine and a half years, Gary taught at the Lyons Elementary School, mainly in the second grade. At the age of 16, he started playing the organ, at the Free Methodist Church, in East Williamson. For the next thirty years, he was their organist and choir director. He took a year off, but soon found himself as the organist and in the choir, at the First United Methodist Church, in Newark. Gary enjoyed swimming, traveling, flower gardening, caring for his lawn and his big joy, was decorating for Christmas. But number one, was spending his time with his wife and daughters. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Patricia “Pat Jordan” Verdine; twin daughters Anna and Kathryn, both at home; special sister-in-law, Joyce Verdine; siblings Alan (Betty) Verdine and Debbie (Brian) Kelsey; special aunt and uncle, Doris and Luther Humbert; special niece, Dayla (Matt) Terp; special nephews Steven (Shana) Verdine, Caleb and Chad Burlee; nephews Danny (Kim) and David (Roberta) Verdine.  Gary was predeceased by a brother, Dale.