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12524 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland, OH

OBITUARY

Gary E. Mandalfino

July 4, 1950March 16, 2020

Gary E. Mandalfino, age 69, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 16, 2020. Born July 4, 1950 in Cleveland, he lived in Cleveland Heights before moving to Chester Township in 1969. Gary was a graduate of St. Margaret Mary School in South Euclid, Cleveland Heights High School, and John Carroll University in 1986 with a degree in Philosophy. He was an avid outdoorsman, partaking in cycling, rock climbing, and ice climbing. Gary was the owner and operator of Salon Mandalfino in the Warehouse District of Cleveland. He is survived by his wife Erin (nee Fitzpatrick); sister Lynne Mandalfino; niece Lauren (nee Russell) (Rich) Kekic; nephew Jason Russell; and great-niece Rosie Kekic. Gary is preceded in death by his parents Emil and Marilyn (nee Humbert). Due to the current public health concerns, Mass of Christian Burial and Interment at All Souls Cemetery will be held privately with family, and the previously announced gathering in Gary’s memory has been cancelled. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gary’s name may be made to The Glioblastoma Foundation at www.glioblastomafoundation.org, or to Hospice of the Western Reserve at www.hospicewr.org

  • FAMILY

  • Emidio J. Mandalfino, Father
  • Marilyn L. (nee Humbert) Mandalfino, Mother
  • Erin (nee Fitzpatrick) Mandalfino, Wife
  • Lynne Mandalfino, Sister
  • Lauren (nee Russell) (Rich) Kekic, Niece
  • Jason Russell, Nephew
  • Rosei Kekic, Great Niece
  • DONATIONS

  • In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gary’s name may be made to The Glioblastoma Foundation at www.glioblastomafoundation.org, or to Hospice of the Western Reserve at www.hospicewr.org

Services

  • Due to the current public health concerns, Mass of Christian Burial and Interment at All Souls Cemetery will be held privately with family, and the previously announced gathering in Gary’s memory has been cancelled.

Memories

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Diane Nolan Brueggemeyer

April 1, 2020

Lynn, I am so sorry for your loss. Gary was a great guy and friend he will be missed by a lot of people. Only the good die young so sad. My heart goes out to you and your family Diane

Elizabeth Newsome

March 31, 2020

To Gary’s Family and Loved ones,

My heart is broken hearing the news of Gary’s passing. I met Gary when I was 19 years old and he continued to be my hair stylist until about age 30. Not only did he take care of me, the friendship that was built over the 10 years was something I will never forget. Gary had a way of touching your heart and soul. He was so lively and just loved life. We would talk for hours in the chair at the salon downtown about his early morning workouts, the horses he loved so much and his dreams of moving out west to settle down with lots of room and animals. We would talk politics, religion, science, relationships- he was more than my hair stylist. He was a true friend. He loved Erin and his family so much. My heart is heavy writing this and tears are flowing as I wish I could have spoken to him one last time or had the chance to say goodbye. His heart was pure and he always made you look at life in a better way- no matter what you were going through. He always was encouraging and made you laugh so hard you could cry. He loved cooking and sharing his latest creations. I will sure miss Gary so so much. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.

Love 💖 ,
Liz Newsome

Paul Schmidt

March 24, 2020

I had the great honor and pleasure of spending 35 solid days in a row with Gary on a bike trip. From that I took a lot of lessons that I’ve carried to this day. These include taking care of yourself and others, looking on the bright side of life, having fun, not making excuses, not hesitating, and living life to the fullest. He had very simple lines I remember even now, decades later, like “I like my teeth, I’m going to keep them” and “the thing about possessions is that they will begin to possess you.” We are all lucky to have had Gary with us, and to have memories and lessons to carry forward.

SAM LINDSLEY

March 23, 2020

I met Gary when I worked at the Blue Point Grille in the Warehouse District and Gary had been cutting my hair since the early 2000's, even after I moved to Medina in 2006. We developed a strong friendship and one that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Gary was a kind, thoughtful and positive friend and I will miss him greatly.
My heart goes out to you Erin and all of your family. I will keep you in my prayers. Gary was the closest person to a real cowboy that I ever met. I will remember him that way:)

Jim Tuttle

March 23, 2020

His smile. Although 5 years separated us, Gary was part of our gang at "The Bend". Age never seemed to matter much to us Atherstone/Langton gang of kids - the younger kids and the older ones always seemed to get along (except, of course, when we were playing Capture the Flag or competing in an intense game of street baseball!) Gary was one of us and I only wish that I had gotten to know him better. Yet on those infrequent occasions when our paths did cross, it was his smile and a genuine warm and caring spirit that always shined through. He will most assuredly be missed by many. He was a fighter, but he's gone on to glory. May he rest in peace and may God's peace, which surpasses all human understanding, be ever-present with Lynne, Erin and the rest of his family and friends as we mourn his passing. (Philippians 4:7)

JENNIFER TURNEY'S

March 23, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I knew Gary thru Turneys and Power Place. He was the kindest of souls, a very special person. He was the most pleasant gentleman I got to talk to here at work. He will be missed.

Lucy Lopez

March 22, 2020

Erin,
Sending you and all your families my heartfelt prayers and condolences. I will forever treasure all the wonderful memories I shared with you, Gary and Lauren working at Salon Mandolfino when you first opened.
I will forever be so grateful to you both for welcoming me with open arms. I was so thankful to have the opportunity to work with such a talented hair artist in Gary.
I truly admired how he took his time with haircutting making sure his skills were always so precise and very technical with his craft.
I am lucky to say I learned so much from him, and even though I didn’t work there long, I will forever treasure my time with Gary and all of you.

With all my love and sincerity,
Lucy Lopez ♥️

Joel Newman

March 22, 2020

My wonderful memories of Gary : we were wild and crazy Kinda guys in those days in a fraternity at Cleveland Heights High School BAT. I pledged Gary! I loved Gary.. a little guy like me and a strong loving personality Loyal and a wonderful heart of Gold. A very positive personality and determination to win. A love of family second to none. Gary is truly special .. Our deepest sincerest condolences to all his family and his extended family and friends. He will be so missed but always in our hearts 💕 life after life he will always from up there be watching over his loved ones down here with love and protection! We all meet again when it’s our time .. Heaven just got a Angel .. with much love and prayers the Newman family

Ben Miralia

March 21, 2020

I met Gary at John Carrol. He would go from dorm to dorm cutting hair to help pay for college. The boys from Dolan will always rememberhis warmth and humor. Godspeed my friend.

Stacey Weiher

March 21, 2020

Sending you all our love and prayers during this difficult time.
Stacey, Luke and Grace

FROM THE FAMILY