OBITUARY

Gary Carlo La Porta

December 10, 1947February 10, 2019

Gary Carlo LaPorta, age 71 of Falls Church died suddenly at his home on February 10. 2019. Gary was born in Beacon and raised in Cold Spring, New York. He was the son of Carlo LaPorta and Hazel Edna Tompkins. In additional to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife June. He is survived by his daughter, Connie Warnock, his brother David LaPorta, his sister Carla Darby, nephews Bryan Reilly and Erik LaPorta and niece, Amy LaPorta. Gary was a Vietnam veteran and served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971. Following his service, Gary moved to the Northern Virginia area and worked for AT&T. Gary and his wife June owned Miniatures from the Attic, a small business located in Falls Church. After Gary closed the business, he decided to finish his college education and received a Bachelor’s degree from George Mason University. Until his death, Gary worked for the Commissioner of the Revenue for the City of Falls Church. A long-time resident of Falls Church, Gary was active in the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce and other local causes. Gary was a kind-hearted, gentle soul who was committed to making his community better and he will be missed by his friends and family. Interment is planned at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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REMEMBERING

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Jennifer Pritchett

February 19, 2019

Uncle Gary always had a smile (or a smirk!) and was willing to do anything to make his family happy and feel welcomed. He was a great person. I will miss him, already do.

Shaun Dakin

February 17, 2019

I've known Gary for a number of years and will always remember how he seemed to be at every event where I happened to be as well. He always had a smile. My specific memory was serving several times on panels at Mary Henderson middle school where we both judged students business plans. He always had insightfull things to say about what the students were doing. Rest in peace Gary, Falls Church City will miss you.

Michael Kull

February 16, 2019

I had just met Gary, had heard about some of his great work and leadership, and was looking forward to working with him. Very disappointed and hope his friends and family are proud to be able to have such a wonderful legacy in his memory. One light fewer in our community. Suggest we hold a candlelight storytelling event.

Rita Griffith

February 15, 2019

I will miss Gary he was a great co-worker full of laughs and smiles.
Prayers and ((HUGS)) to his family RIP Gary

Virginia (Ginny Fazio) Upton

February 15, 2019

Sincere and heartfelt condolences to Gary's family at this very difficult time.
About two years ago, I visited with Gary at his cousin's home in Cold Spring after 50 years while he was in town for his high school reunion. So glad we got that opportunity to reminisce about our younger days when our families were close friends for years.
May he rest in peace and know our prayers are with him.

Sally Cole

February 15, 2019

I have had the great fortune of knowing and working with Gary over the last 15 years as I have served as the director of the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. He was a true pillar of our community and he has been an amazing friend and supporter of me, our Chamber, our businesses, and our community. Words cannot express how sad I am that he is gone or how much I will miss him.

Nanci Sobier-Maier

February 15, 2019

GARY was my childhood buddy, we spent weeks together in Beacon at Grams during holidays. Childhood memories stay with us the longest. I was at university when he wrote those letters home that were published in the local paper. He was the first activist i knew.
In the last 2 years he visited and stayed over in Cold spring, he told me of his spinning courses, and his recipes, being and becoming more healthy was a joy to watch, and an inspiration. Locust ridge echoes your spirit Gary..be at peace.
Hugs
Cousin Nanci

i hope this is Gary in the band

Barbara Bohlk

February 15, 2019

Gary was such a sweet, easy going man. He & June were in our wedding. Gary & June also LET me work for them at Miniatures from the Attic. Knowing Gary has been a pleasure and I will always remember his friendship.

Bill Merante

February 14, 2019

My sympathies to Gary's family. Gary was one of my best friends in Cold Spring. I am saddened by his passing.

Melissa Morse

February 14, 2019

Falls Church is a better place, and those of us who had the honor of knowing him are better people, because Gary LaPorta was here.

FROM THE FAMILY