Gary Thomas MacCleverty

Gary Thomas MacCleverty

September 10, 1952 ~ June 28, 2020

Born in: Buffalo, New York
Resided in: Aliso Viejo, California

Gary Thomas MacCleverty, 67, of Aliso Viejo, California, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died on June 28, 2020. He passed away peacefully holding the hands of his beloved wife Kathleen and his sister, Gail. He was born on September 10, 1952 in Buffalo, New York to E. Joan and Edgar MacCleverty.

Gary moved to California in 1978 with a bicycle and $140 in his pocket. He owned his own boat cleaning business in Dana Point, and then worked for 7Up. He found his calling when he joined the LA County Fire Department in 1983. He worked his way up the ranks and became a paramedic, engineer and then finally, captain. He retired from the Palos Verdes fire station in 2010, and enjoyed 10 years of a very active retirement.

Gary was a 2nd  degree black belt in karate, and enjoyed teaching the young students in his dojo. He was a Civil War aficionado and enjoyed his time in Gettysburg and Shiloh.  His love of boating began at the age of 10 on his family’s boat on Lake Erie. In 2004, he inherited his parents’ speed boat, and there began his California boating adventure with his family of 7. He and Kathleen acquired their dream boat, a 38’ Riviera named Goin’ Ta Blazes in 2015. Gary was down in the harbor most days of the week, helping out at the Dana Point Yacht Club, and tending the boat. He became the DPYC Commodore in 2015 and remained active in several other boating associations. He enjoyed philanthropic work, assisting Kathleen with their “Hope For The Homeless” annual campaign, serving Southern California homeless youths.

Gary was an avid reader, and enjoyed barbequing, entertaining and travel. He adored feeding his many birds and tending his beautiful roses.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen; children: Tara, Brendan, Caitlin, Andrew and Meghan. He is also survived by his 8 grandchildren: Katherine, Mason, Skye, Emma, Serenity, MJ, Briar and Isla, as well as his sisters, Sharon and Gail. His beloved dog Tanner, joined him for a Heavenly walk the day after Gary joined his Lord, Jesus Christ.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate a donation in Gary MacCleverty’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network:


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  1. Stephanie Tackett July 1, 2020 at 5:55 am - Reply

    Prayers are with you Kathleen during this time of sadness. Even though I never was able to meet Gary in person, the pictures that I saw of Gary and you were of complete love. The love is so obvious! You will see him again! Praise Jesus! Gary is no longer sick and is walking with our Lord!

  2. Joe Gullo July 9, 2020 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Amen Gary , Glad the suffering is over RIP

  3. Claudia Auugustson July 9, 2020 at 9:26 am - Reply

    I am so happy I got to know you.
    Rest in peace my friend. You are missed.

    Claudia Augustson

  4. Nancy Scott July 9, 2020 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Truly Gary is resting in peace. He was a great man! Always looked up to my cousin because he was tall and a wonderful person!

  5. Bob and Linda Hartung July 9, 2020 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Bob and Linda Hartung

  6. Monique Chevalier July 9, 2020 at 9:37 am - Reply

    This is a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. He was SO kind and fatherly to my children growing up and leaves a hole in our hearts! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and we share in your sadness.

  7. Lindsay Tognetti July 9, 2020 at 10:03 am - Reply

    His heart, his smile, his big hugs. We will never forget him Kathleen. Such a great guy and friend to all he met.
    My heart goes out to you during this extremely tough time.
    I send a big Gary hug your way to comfort you.
    Love to you,

  8. Craig/Yvonne Miller July 9, 2020 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Gary will truly be missed. Our thought and prayers for you and your family.

  9. Meghan Berry July 9, 2020 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I love you forever and miss you everyday.

  10. Mark and Lisa Doliva July 9, 2020 at 10:10 am - Reply

    We are heartbroken. The club will not be the same without his smiling face. Our love and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. ❤️

  11. jon zeiger July 9, 2020 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Gary was a great guy and a friend. will miss him watching the buffalo bills this fall

  12. Kelley Stewart July 9, 2020 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Dear Kathleen, Gary was a wonderful man and Larry and I have many memories of time spent with him in AVLL.

    In this difficult time, may God hold you close to His heart, where He can feel your deepest loss and fill you with His deepest Love. He will be missed and may he Rest In Peace.

    God be with you, give you strength for each new day and His peace and comfort.

    With our deepest sympathies,
    Larry and Kelley Stewart

  13. Lindsey Tramel July 9, 2020 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    I will never forget your kindness. You were such an amazing person inside and out. You and Kathleen always treated me so good. I loved your hugs ❤️ RIP Gary!!!!

  14. Eva Hinton July 9, 2020 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    July11 2020

    Eva and Hans

  15. Rita Goedecke July 9, 2020 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Will have great memories of Gary, kind and friendly.

    RIP Gary, with deep sympathy,


    • Art and Brenda Moncrief July 10, 2020 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      Gary is going to be truly missed by all who knew him, including myself!! It is comforting to us that Gary had a relationship with Jesus and is with him right now!

  16. Rita Goedecke July 9, 2020 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Rest in peace Gary, glad you are not suffering any more.

    Praying and thinking about you Kathleen.


  17. Sherry Lujan-Carpenter July 10, 2020 at 2:39 am - Reply

    John and I were privileged to live across the street from Gary and Kathleen and share lots of times together. Gary will be missed as he was a wonderful man, father, husband, and grandpa. Gary filled so many other roles to many other people…We will cherish the memories and love that was shared by all that knew Gary. May he RIP.

  18. Dante and Ashley Matthews July 10, 2020 at 6:43 am - Reply

    Gary will truly be missed. We love you you so much!

  19. Mike Hatcher July 10, 2020 at 7:01 am - Reply

    Rest in Peace Gary !

  20. Mike Tompkins DPYC July 10, 2020 at 9:19 am - Reply

    With great respect!
    I miss you.

  21. Carol and Dan Gefis July 10, 2020 at 11:14 am - Reply

    A great, kind man who left the world, and those who knew him, better than he found us.

  22. Laurie Rice July 10, 2020 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Our Hearts are with you Kathleen and your family. We love you!
    Laurie & family

  23. Laurie Rice July 10, 2020 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Sending prayers! We love you.

  24. Art and Brenda Moncrief July 10, 2020 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Gary is going to be truly missed by all who knew him, including myself!! It is comforting to us that Gary had a relationship with Jesus and is with him right now!

  25. Doug Hosford July 12, 2020 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Bon Voyage, Gary

  26. Sandy July 12, 2020 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    So happy our paths crossed all those years ago. Many good memories! Rest In Peace Gary

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