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Sep 05, 2017, 02:26 PM
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Gary Roberts - I will miss him

Gary Roberts passed away this past weekend. I do not have any details right now. He will be survived by his son and daughter who are both wonderful people. I came to know Gary in the early 90ís when I joined the Pasadena Soaring Society. Gary was always helpful and a joy to be around. Gary was the equipment manager for the club and built a trailer specifically to haul the winches to and from the Rose Bowl. He always was a do it guy. When his truck broke down he did all the work. I recall the stories that he and Craig Foxgord told me of them going fishing and something always broke on one of their trucks. Gary or Craig could fix anything. It was no surprise that Gary bought a Snap on Tools truck that serviced the local areas mechanics. Like any small business it took Gary in a new direction away from flying which was a tremendous loss for the Pasadena club. Later on he sold his Snap on truck then worked at a local garage as their service writer. I went to visit him and it was obvious to me his customers loved him. He never gave you bad advice and the interaction I witnessed with people showed just how loved he was by them. Iíll always remember the vacations he took after Visaliaís Fall Soaring Festival with his family and his bear hug greetings when he saw me. When Gary retired I thought he might start flying again but that did not seem to be the case. The last time I saw him was on his huge touring motorcycle at the Fall Soaring Festival a few years ago driving home to Bakersfield. As I drive up and down the state that is what Iíll remember about Gary and his can do attitude. Iíve lost another good friend that has touched my life and for that I feel very lucky.
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