Gary L Hamlin, age 66, died unexpectedly at his home in Monson, ME on July 30, 2021. Gary was born in Winchendon, MA on October 18, 1954 and was raised in Athol as a son of the late Everett A and Olive T Taylor. Gary attended Athol schools and was a 1973 graduate of Athol High School. After graduation Gary enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served on the aircraft carriers the USS Nimitz and the USS John F Kennedy.
Gary’s lifelong love of the outdoors really bloomed during the many summers he spent at YMCA Camp Wiyaka in Richmond, NH. Gary was a hard worker, whether it was operating his own trash disposal business or building his own lakeside log home. Gary had also worked for several years at Girardi Distributors in Athol. He also always enjoyed having a good time with family and the many good friends he met along the way.
Gary is survived by his cousins Ruth Spooner and her husband William of Warwick, MA and Marie Erali of Athol. He is also survived by the Taylor family including Sylvia (Taylor) McManus and her husband Ralph of Framingham; Richard Lima of St. Louis; Andrew Lima, and his children of St. Louis; James Lima of Marion, Nancy Taylor, and her daughter of California; Lloyd Taylor of Tully and several Taylor cousins as well as many friends and his faithful four-legged companion, Gracie. In addition to Everett and Olive Taylor Gary was also predeceased by Daryl (Taylor) Lima.
A graveside funeral service for Gary will take place on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 11:00 am at Silver Lake Cemetery, Athol, MA. Enter the cemetery by way of the gate at the end of Horrigan Avenue and turn to the right. A reception at the Tully City Council Club, 365 Tully Road, Orange, MA will follow the service.
While COVID protocols regarding masks and care with social distancing are required, coats and ties for the gentlemen are not.
Anyone who is considering a charitable contribution in Gary’s memory may wish to consider the American Diabetes Association or any charity of personal choice.