Gary Leigh Walter
November 4, 1962 – March 12, 2018
Gary Leigh Walter, 55, of Cary, North Carolina, passed away on March 12, 2018, after a lengthy illness. He was born on November 4, 1962, in Arlington Virginia, and grew up in Vienna, Virginia, where he attended George C. Marshall High School.
Gary earned both a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. His 33 year career in civil service spanned several agencies, first with the Defense Department for 7 years, and then moving on to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and finally the Environmental Protection Agency. At NOAA and the EPA, Gary worked on groundbreaking supercomputing technology, designing and implementing cutting edge information technology systems at the dawn of the internet. He represented the EPA on the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Project, which was a multi-year, multi-agency effort to ensure that the United States continued to be a global leader in the world of advanced information technologies.
Gary enjoyed the simple things in life. He loved being with his family. He liked fast cars (especially Mustangs), drinking beer, going to the movies and taking trips to the beach.
Gary was preceded in death by both of his parents, Charles and Florence Walter, as well as his brother, Dale Walter. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Jeanne McGuire Walter, and his three sons, James, Matthew, and Charles.
A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Road, Cary, North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, Gary requested that a charitable donation be made to your favorite charity in his name.
- Gary was preceded in death by both of his parents, Charles and Florence Walter, as well as his brother, Dale Walter. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Jeanne McGuire Walter, and his three sons, James, Matthew, and Charles.
- Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, April 7, 2018
Gary Leigh Walter
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April 3, 2018
I'm having difficulties wrapping my brain around Gary's recent passing. I first met him circa 1986 when we worked at Fort Belvoir. In my 3rd year out of college, he offered me a room for rent in his recently purchased home. I jumped sight unseen to escape a rental in a bad neighborhood. He had a great place – a huge Colonial on a cul-de-sac backing to woods and parkland nearby, inside the Beltway yet convenient for our commute to Fort Belvoir. We had our usual landlord/renter squabbles but they were tempests in a teapot – they meant nothing in the bigger scheme of things. His Dad and Mom would visit – and they were terrific people too. At work we were coworkers getting things done. He introduced me to his NoVa friends, which I'll never forget because they are such wonderful people. During a training trip to San Diego we toured Tijuana (his friends gave me a shopping list of Kalua and vanilla extract which was hilarious! May all his friends carry on in his spirit. Jeanne, I hope you and your family carry on as Gary would want you to. I'm sorry to be unable to attend his service but my spirit is there. I also hope a long moment of silence will compensate for my inability to attend.
March 15, 2018
I have vivid memories growing up in Vienna, Va with Gary and his brother Dale.
I also remember pranking Gary at Boy Scout camp one year sending him all over camp for a left handed smoke shifter.
Once he found out that there was no such thing, he refused to speak to any of the senior scouts the rest of he week including his brother.
March 14, 2018
I have worked and known Gary for almost 20 years. A wonderful, kind, caring and quality man. He will be missed and you have my sincerest sympathies. May your fond memories with Gary help you through this difficult time.