Garry Thomas Herbertson Jr.

July 1, 1989August 1, 2018
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Garry Thomas Herbertson, 29, passed away on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. He was born on July 1,1989 to Garry Herbertson and Kimberly Thompson. Garry worked as a store manager at Leslie's Pool Supply.

On April 28, 2014 he married Rebecca Avila in Las Vegas, Nevada. On July 5, 2016 his only son Joseph was born.

Garry is survived by parents Garry and Kimberly, wife Rebecca and son Joseph (2) and siblings Elicia, Thomas, and Andrew.

Garry has always been very proud of his work and his family. He always knew he was the best, no matter what. A Visitation will be on Monday August 13, 2018 at 11:00 am with a Funeral Service to follow at 12:00 pm at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary, 7924 N. 59th Ave Glendale, AZ . Burial services will be held at 1pm on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6450 W. Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ.


  • Rebecca Herbertson, Spouse
  • Joseph Herbertson, Son
  • Garry Herbertson, Father
  • Kimberly Herbertson, Mother
  • also his siblings Elicia, Thomas, and Andrew.


  • Visitation Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Committal Service Monday, August 13, 2018

Garry Thomas Herbertson Jr.

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Whitney Pettis

March 13, 2019

I love you Brother. We shared so many memories together. When we were kids and we would just be a terror to your dad and my mom... We love you, through everything. Will always love you Brother.

Stacy Bidinger

August 13, 2018

Dear Family,
My heart goes out to you.
Garry always brought a smile and charm to the homes he went to, and to the people he met. He was a honerable and rightous person. I pray that his spirit remains strong, through his beautiful wife Rebecca and son Joseph. Although I was not the closest person to him, The memories of Thanksgivings and meetings together at his moms, Kimmy Thompson, house were very fun and loving. Seeing him with his sister and brothers, nieces and nephews. It was such a blessing being part of all of those moments. I love being part of his family. And he will be truly missed. May God be with you.... Amen.

L.l. Kemper

August 13, 2018

Garry's super hero was Batman. Batman could have learned much from Garry. Garry needed no mask, cape or tights to show he was a real life hero, all he needed to do was be hisself. He would brighten a room with his cheerful voice, make you laugh by being silly. Always the protector of his family. If you needed money and he only had a dollar to his name, he would gladly give it to you and not ask for it to be repaid. He would give you the shirt off his back, shake your hand, give you a strong hug and let you know everything would be alright. He went above and beyond always, which is why so many people loved and respected him, at work and at home. He will be missed but not forgotten.


August 12, 2018

Garry was someone that was very proud of his family. He loved being a husband, a father, and our son. I would Always teased him about how he would strut like a peacock. So proud he was. You could tell he Loved to love life and always knew how to have a great time. As much as Garry and I would not see eye to eye on things, that never stopped him for not asking for advise or wanting to hang out. He would always come over and bring me beautiful flowers, he knew how to make me feel special and thought of.
Garry Loved getting together for dinners and our family game nights. Always so much fun to a point laughing so hard were almost peeing out
I Loved making Garry blush when the talks would get heated with us
What I loved the most is how Garry made Christmas apart of the family tradition. Waking up in our home wearing pj's cooking breakfast and playing games. He knew how special the holidays were to us.
Love you Garry
Love your mother n law Laura Avila

Mickey Piper

August 9, 2018

May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.



“Life itself has been such a smashing hit, right from the time you made your grand entrance!
I love you, I mourn you, I miss you, I will remember you…You are very special to me”
So many of you are feeling these exact words today.
Garry was a man who knew what he wanted. He was confident a bit cocky and he liked the feeling of making a grand entrance. This is Garry’s day, he would have loved this crowd; all of you gathered just for him, all of you talking about him.
Good afternoon and welcome. My name is Ronda Berkey and I am honored to be your funeral celebrant today and to join you now as we will start our service to celebrate the life of Garry Thomas Herbertson Jr.

Thank you all for being here and sharing your thoughts of love and your condolences today with Garry’s family.
On behalf of the family, let me thank you for being here today. It is a significant day when we stop to acknowledge the importance of a life and the ways he touched his world. Your presence here today, means that Garry made a difference in your life and you took the time to honor his special place on this earth.
Today’s visitation and ceremony are for saying goodbye. You are acknowledging you will no longer see Garry again in his physical body; but now you will always feel his presence in your heart.
Personalities like Garry’s are hard to forget. He had that larger than life essence. Rebecca said there was no in between when you met Garry- you either loved him or he was just too much. He was the life of the party; you would like him….you would love him.

Garry’s dad talked about the levity and liveliness that Garry brought as he entered a room. He said anytime Garry would come over to the house, he felt he needed to “roll out the red carpet” for his son. He was proud of the man he had become. A good husband and a loving and caring father. He remembered the wonderful expression on his son’s face as Garry would look upon his son, Joseph.
Garry Sr. remembered his son’s “happy go lucky” attitude that matured to a son who enjoyed work, sometimes being a workaholic, but knew what it took to make a good living. Garry was also proud that his son embraced the taste of being properly “attired” that was handed down from the generations of men in the family; who always valued looking his best when going out. They were all shirt and tie men. Rebecca told it as; “the three main things for her husband Garry” 1) Hair is done & perfect 2) cologne is on 3) he was looking good.
He adored the feeling of a freshly pressed dry cleaned shirt, the seam in the sleeve with just the appropriate amount of starch.
Rebecca herself had to become accustomed to the entrance of Garry in her life. It was a very passionate union. She hated him at first because he stole her position with Walgreens. She had been working towards becoming a manager at the store and in walks Garry and he scoops it out from under her. To add insult to injury, she even had to train him how to do his new job. It was a fight back in forth as to who would be fired first. She didn’t want to work with him and he definitely didn’t want to work with her. Slowly over breaks, lots of cigarettes and long talks the two got to know each other and become friends. They finally went out one night and they never left each others side since.
The author Denis Diderot wrote: Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things…

Garry’s little sister Elicia saw his passion for Rebecca, he had told her “I’m going to marry her!” Elicia believes you could not have paired a better couple. Garry and Rebecca’s greatest achievement was the birth of a son. Garry just knew Rebecca was going to have a son and he was delighted to tell her “I told you so!” after they saw the first ultrasound. He was a proud papa to Joseph. He was looking forward to a future of introducing him to camping, fishing, football and introducing him to his first trip to a strip club.

Elicia remembered her brother always knew what he wanted. He was very popular and he was that kind of guy that people gravitated to. There was a constant completion among the family as to who was the favorite child, and of course in Garry’s mind it WAS HIM!

He playfully competed by placing phone calls to mom at the time he knew his siblings were talking to her, trying to steal talk time and signing birthday cards as “mom’s favorite” or writing on someone else’s card “mom’s second favorite”. Elicia would remind him- “hey you boys can fight for “favorite” amongst yourself”…you’ve got nothing on me- I’m the only girl and I am the baby… I’m going to be spoiled no matter what. And she did get spoiled by Garry. He would take her places, pay for her to get her nails done, he was the best brother and he was kind. He would do anything for anybody. He always would figure out how to help a friend out. He was that true kind of friend that everyone needed in their life. She tearfully praised him as an amazing friend, father, loving husband, and good son to his parents.
Garry did have an extreme loyalty to his family, friends and things that brought him joy in his life.

He was a true blue Dallas Cowboys fan, they are “America’s Team”, 5 time Super Bowl Champions, represented by that great Star and steeped in tremendous history and celebrity fanfare that only continues to grow. They dictate a grand entrance. He couldn’t wait to make his son a fan too. The family laughed as they told me about Garry’s love of food, he was extremely predictable at what he was going to order when he visited different restaurants but his ultimate favorites were to hit a casino buffet or get to visit someone at a hospital- he loved eating at hospital cafeteria food.
His other joys included spending time on his beloved motorcycle he named “Snow White” and being able to spend time with “Dallas”- his very spoiled Australian Cattle Dog. Rebecca told me Garry was so looking forward to an upcoming hunting trip. Garry was excited to be out there in the peace and tranquility of the outdoors.

It was time for him to take his guns, and work on his shooting and hunting skills. I loved how Rebecca called Garry her “Mr. Spare of the Moment”, she was enamored of this quality of his to just get up and go and do something different and unplanned. He took her out of her standard circle and encouraged her to grow and explore her talents.
There are so many things you will remember about Garry. I hope the pictures on the video that has been playing have sparked some wonderful memoires. I have only shared with you the small details that made Garry such a remarkable guy. Most tributes are better left by those who really lived in his essence…right now I would like to invite you to provide those best told stories of Gary- by those of you who loved and cherished him daily….

Please come up and speak your tribute…or if you don’t want to come up here- I invite you to just stand up where you are….

Thank you for sharing your memories of Garry.
For all of you …being here for Gary is something that could never have been imagined.

None of us are guaranteed numerous days, and we can all say Garry was taken way much too early from this earth.
You cannot relive your life, there are no do overs or skipping the awful parts. It all makes it worthwhile, the good and the bad. You accept it as a whole- like the world, or the person you loved.
You just have to have gratitude for the brief times that Garry enlightened your soul.
I think Rebecca said it best when she told me that Garry would have wanted her to be strong, and move on. Like a good coach, he would tell her; gather all your strength, move out of your box and with confidence move comfortably in this world.
For every service I write I get inspired by a specific story or quote that the family has shared with me.

For Garry it was hearing about his excitement for life. He had a great playbook in which he coached from and encouraged all to get as much out of living as possible. Be the star of your own life and encourage others to do the same. As a tribute to his love of the game and as a token of remembrance, I’m giving you all a ticket to the big game; you came to celebrate Garry and on behalf of the family, I hope this will serve as a reminder of the fun you had with Garry and I thank you all for being a part of this event.
We will be getting ready to go to the cemetery so let us end our time in the chapel with a prayer…you may bow your heads if you’d like…
Dear Lord, grant us wisdom of the heart and strengthen us by your grace as we move on. We ask for your final blessing on all who have gathered for this celebration today. Thank you for allowing us to share and rejoice that Garry has found peace and comfort. We rejoice because he is in your divine presence. We ask that he watch over all his family and friends and they may have his memory in their hearts forever. Amen

Committal: He is Gone
You can shed tears that he is gone
Or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
Or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him and only that he’s gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what he’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and be strong.

Thank you all for joining us in our final duty of love for Garry. As an act of remembrance performed with reverence and dignity, we have gathered to bring Garry’s body to his final place of rest.
It may seem so hard to grasp the finality of this place. It is even more difficult in the reality you will no longer see Garry in your life.
In this present moment, the grief you feel for Garry and his memories live side by side in your hearts.
In the days and months ahead, may the grief you have today move from numbness and pain to a deeper place in your heart, one that draws pure joy from the moments you had Garry in your life.
May you all find the strength and comfort knowing that Garry is embraced in God’s loving arms. He is at home and at peace.
It is sad to acknowledge that Garry will no longer be with us physically as we carry on. But our faith teaches us that we will see him again.

IN committing Garry’s body to this hallowed ground, we do so with deep reverence for that body was a temple, during life, of a unique and beloved personality.
A Cemetery is a history of people, a perpetual record of yesterday and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today. A cemetery exists because every life is worth living and remembering always. It is here that lives are commemorated, deaths are recorded, families are reunited, memories are made tangible and love is undisguised.
In the days and months ahead…as you return and visit this place, may you feel the eternal love that Garry has for you.
May you remember the grand entrance he made in your life, may you remember his spirit now lives within your heart and may you covet those memories of him that you have stored in your mind.

Let us pray in final dedication to Garry…you may bow your heads if you wish…
Dear Lord, we are grateful for your ability to put Love and beauty into everyday things…The comfort in a touch, the music in a word, the warmth in a home, the joy in a memory.
Thank you for the gift of Garry. Thank you for his heart and his ability to bring laughter, joy, friendship and comfort to so many.
Eternal Rest grant upon Garry, Oh Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon him. May the truth that sets us free and the hope that never dies and the love that casts out fear be with us now until the dayspring breaks and the shadows flee away.

I ask your blessing on this family and the friends who have gathered…

Peace and God’s abundant blessings be with each of you, now and forever. Amen.

Our service has ended… go in peace.