Gary John Eichler
October 2, 1955 – February 27, 2019
Gary Eichler, son of Natalie and the late, John Lee Eichler, exchanged this life for one without pain and suffering in the early hours of Feb 27, 2019, while at home with his soul mate, Ellen, in Naples, Florida.
Gary was born on Oct 2, 1955. He grew up in Sayreville, NJ, graduating Sayreville Memorial High School followed by Rutgers University. With a BS in Landscape Design, he worked at Lipinski Landscape & Design, NJ and Pillari Landscaping, NJ; before starting his dream business, Double R’s Fishing and Tour Co. in memory of his late son, Garry.
He leaves his legacy in the hearts of his wife of thirteen years, Ellen; his mother, Natalie; his sister, Debbie, brother in law, Tom; his daughter, Malori; his son, John Lee; grandchildren, Jaylee Grace Eichler and Madeline Jean Eichler; niece Emily Cascio, her husband Anthony, great niece, Ava MacKenzie Cascio; as well as numerous extended family and many dear friends.
Gary will be remembered for his strength and love for family, his easy way of making friends through laughter and shared times, his gentle appreciation for the beauty of nature, his deep love of fishing, the sea and the sunshine. His favorite place to be was by Ellen’s side, perhaps with a dish of Haagan Dazs Belgium chocolate ice cream. He’ll be waiting for her in the greatest garden of all.
A memorial service in Gary’s honor will be held on May 5, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Angler's Cove Restaurant located within the Port of the Islands Resort.
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Angler's Cove Restaurant
Port of the Islands Resort
25000 Tamiami Trail
Gary John Eichler
March 10, 2019
There are so many fond memories, am not sure where to start! First met Gary recently in 2015 when I worked at the marina store at the Port, but knowing him for a few years is better than nothing at all.
I loved his office in the hotel with its walls full of meaningful photos of his family and of happy customers holding big fish or watching leaping dolphins. Green vine plants also stretched across the walls, giving it a refreshing vibe. A beautiful aquarium and twittering finches completed the uniqueness of this pleasant office for Gary and Ellen's business.
A no nonsense, straightforward fellow, I admired Gary's sharp intelligence. Under that quiet, somewhat cynical demeanor was a keen sense of humor. As my husband and I got to know Gary we were lucky to have become his friends. During his smoke breaks outside the office, he'd usually sit on that old wooden bench just outside the hotel. Here we got to enjoy random conversation and had the privilege of getting to know Gary.
Not boastful and on the quiet side, it took some time to coax out stories and random but interesting bits about Gary's life. He had a super soft side for animals and wildlife, and treasured his own critter family members- an adorable somewhat crazy cat, finches, and the aquarium fish. Each life, no matter how small, was precious to Gary.
The enthusiasm for nature and wildlife was shared through his boating tours where he strove to educate and show how crucial our fragile Everglades ecosystem is. He educated uncountable visitors that way and they'd have so much fun on his tours and fishing trips.
I hope to write more and add to this, as there is so much to this wonderful human being and there's a huge hole in the community now. Gary and Ellen made a difference. More than they know.
March 5, 2019
My condolences to his Mom , his wife and all the Eichler Family. To many have gone way before their time.
February 28, 2019
It is hard to believe you're gone. I will always remember the drives in your 280z and on your Kawasaki 1000. You were not only my cousin but in many ways my hero. I admired your free spirit and drive. I was proud to be your cousin. I remember going to your softball game and telling everyone you were my first cousin. I will love you forever. I am sure we will meet again.