Gary F. Daby, born Jan. 9, 1949, the son of Rosetta Marion Kimball Daby and Francis A. Daby, passed away on Thursday Sept. 12, 2013 at home peacefully with his loving family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Daby graduated from Lake Placid High School in 1968. He served in the United States Army from 1971 to 1973 as part of the 483rd MP Pit - 7th Air Calvary First Division. He was proud to serve in General Custer's famous Unit. Mr. Daby received the Army Commendation Medal for his meritorious service and the Good Conduct Medal for his exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity during his service.
Gary owned and operated Adirondack Services here in Lake Placid for 39 years before turning the business over to his sons in 2011. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 326, Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled Veterans Association.
Gary was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed spending as much time as possible in the Adirondack wilderness. He loved boating, hunting and fishing especially when accompanied by his sons and grandsons. Gary cherished the time he spent on his porch, at his home in Lake Placid and at his camp in Sugar Bush, bird watching and playing with his dogs.
Gary is survived by his two sons: Gary Daby (and his wife Emily) of Bloomingdale and Fran Daby (and his wife Julia) of Lake Placid; two grandsons: Eben Daby of Lake Placid and Gary Daby III of Bloomingdale; a granddaughter, Anabell Corwin Gray of Lake Placid; a brother Kimball W. Daby (and his wife Patricia); two nephews Mark Daby and Kimball F. Daby (and his wife Heidi); and a great-niece, Maeve Daby all of Lake Placid.
There were no calling hours. A fireman's prayer service and a memorial service with military honors was held Wednesday Sept. 18 at St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid with the Rev. John Martin officiating. Internment will be at the convenience of the family.
Those wishing to remember Gary, may make memorial contributions to the New York State Sheriff's Association summer camp in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake.
Family and friends can share their memories and sign the online guestbook at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.