OBITUARY: Gary Allen Patz, 66

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Garry Allen Patz, age 66, of Wilmington, passed away on June 18, 2022, at Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Garry was born on May 29, 1956, in Winthrop, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Edward M. Patz, Sr. and Geraldine E. (Marks) Patz. Garry was a longtime resident of East Boston and throughout his life he stayed closely connected with all his childhood friends. He graduated from East Boston High in June of 1974. Garry went on to further his education at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown where he earned an Associates Degree in Radiologic Technology.

Garry was married to the love of his life, Debbie for 33 years. They have one son, Zachary “Zack”, who was the light of Garry’s life. Garry and Debbie made their home in Wilmington for the last 29 years; Garry loved his community and the countless friends he made there.

Garry’s family was his number one priority, and he treasured the good times they spent together. Garry looked forward to heading North to their campsite in Rochester, NH, where he enjoyed being out on the lake in his canoe and their trips South to Anna Maria Island in Florida where he soaked up the sun and sand on Bradenton Beach. Garry was a typical jokester with a great sense of humor; he loved to pull pranks on the family and just wanted everyone around him to have a great time.

Garry was a hard worker, following a 40+ year career initially working as an X-Ray Technician in various hospitals, he then transferred to Digital Informatics /PACS in Radiology which he loved. Garry retired in 2013 from Lahey Hospital & Medical Center where he was a valued employee and a great friend to many.

Garry joined the Wilmington Friendship Lodge of Masons and became a member of Aleppo Shriners in Wilmington. Garry enjoyed volunteering his services whenever he was medically able; this was something that he truly loved! The two organizations meant so much to him and he made some really good friends along the way.

In his spare time, Garry enjoyed watching movies, building computers which he was a “natural” at, watching his Fox News to stay up on current events, and trying his green thumb with gardening. He loved teaching and studying photography in his early years and more recently picked up his camera again. Garry saw the beauty of what life has to offer through his camera lens and shared his photos with others.

Garry will be fondly remembered as a “great guy” who was a lot of fun and would do anything for anyone. He loved his family and friends unconditionally and will forever be in their hearts.

Garry was the beloved husband of Deborah J. (Powers) Patz and devoted father of Zachary Patz both of Wilmington, dear brother of Frances (Patz) Craig and her husband Robert of Danvers, Edward M. Patz, Jr. and his wife Linda of Baton Rouge, LA and Elizabeth (Patz) Vitale and her husband Michael of Salem, NH. Garry is also survived by his dearest cousin E. Marsha Elixson of Concord, GA, his cherished friends Paul Merritt and Mario Simons as well as his large extended family of cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Garry’s family would like to extend their sincerest thank you to the staff in the NCCU Unit at the Lahey Hospital in Burlington for their kindness, compassion and care for Garry and their family.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, June 23rd for Visitation from 1:00-4:30 p.m. followed by a Service to Celebrate Garry’s life at 5:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Garry’s memory to G-Pact (Gastroparesis), 185-132 Newberry Commons, Etters, PA 17319 or visit

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