OBITUARY

Gary Edmund Carter

Born April 8, 1954

GARY EDMUND CARTER “The Kid” 57, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL went to be with the Lord on February 16, 2012. Born April 8, 1954 in Culver City, CA, he was the son of James H. and Inge. Gary will forever be remembered by the love of his life, his wife Sandy, with whom he enjoyed 37 years of marriage, three children, Christina (Matt) Kearce of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Kimberly (Kyle) Bloemers of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and Douglas of Los Angeles, CA, his brother, Gordon (Linda) of Santa Ana, CA, three grandchildren, Carter and Brady Kearce and Alyse Bloemers (who has a sibling on the way in August!), along with countless other family, friends and fans who were blessed to know him. Gary was pre-deceased by his parents.

Nicknamed “The Kid” for his infectious smile and enthusiasm, Gary spent the last two plus seasons coaching baseball for NCAA Division II Palm Beach Atlantic University following a Hall of Fame playing career in Major League Baseball.

Inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 following a brilliant 19-year career, Gary is known as one of the greatest catchers to ever play the game. Spending the majority of his career playing for the Montreal Expos and New York Mets, Gary helped lead the Mets to a World Series Championship in 1986 as he started a two-out rally in Game Six to help propel the Mets to an improbable victory in seven games.

Gary leaves behind an incredible legacy in many circles for his athletic abilities, charitable endeavors, and unyielding faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The number of lives Gary touched is countless. The founder of the Gary Carter Foundation, he was instrumental in raising funds and awareness for such causes as leukemia, juvenile diabetes, the Autism Project of Palm Beach County, and providing educational resources to benefit local schools.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful people at Hospice of Palm Beach County and Visiting Angels for helping Gary rest comfortably the past several weeks. Additionally, the family would like to thank Dr. James Harris for his personal attention and care for Gary throughout this journey.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, February 24th at 7:00pm at Christ Fellowship Church, 5343 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to The Gary Carter Foundation, 580 Village Blvd., Suite 315, West Palm Beach, FL, 33409. Your donations will go to support the Autism Project of Palm Beach County, Hospice of Palm Beach County, and Palm Beach Atlantic University Baseball.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, February 24, 2012

Memories

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Tony Bandiera

November 28, 2020

I was in Lake Las Vegas around 2007 for a seminar. We played golf while we were there and the leadership mentioned that Gary Carter was going to be there and was going to play golf. They had a drawing of sorts to see who was going to play with Gary and I won. I was so nervous the next morning knowing that we would be playing the round together. Gary was great, he suspected that I was nervous and went out of his way to calm me down. We talked a lot about family and work and I remember he took a call from one of his daughters while we played. At the end of the round he pulled out a couple of baseball cards and gave them to me. It was a pleasure to share that time with him.

Cheryl Jung

September 2, 2019

I actually got to speak with him once when he played in Atlanta ( when you could actually go see players when they left stadium) .. Always liked him. One of my favorite baseball players.

Harry Simpson

February 16, 2015

Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Tyler williams

November 6, 2014

Dear mr. Carter you were the best Expos player ever you will be missed

Ricky Bedard

June 6, 2014

Gary ,

Living in Montreal I had the pleasure of watching you play Baseball at the " BIG O " ... even met you once and we chatted for about 5 minutes. In my eyes you and Johnny Bench are the 2 best catchers of all time -

May God rest your soul ~ R.I.P.

Rick

Lisa Weiner

December 4, 2012

To Gary Carter,
I thought you were a great baseball player for the New York Mets. My prayers go out to your family and teammates, God Bless you Mr. Carter. Lisa Weiner

December 3, 2012

Kid, gone but never forgotten...just knowing i will not run into you as we did from time to time. hurts great ballplayer ...better person . R. I P. gary.... Tony D

December 2, 2012

You will Live forever,as a friend of mine since We met at the Old WPB Expos stadium and were doing video w/ Mickey Mantle and Tom Seaver. My relatives in Brooklyn still remember your spirit,I pray I can live the rest of my life with at least half the Grace,guts and Cheeer you showed in your 57 yrs. I am 57,and you are one of the most Memorable persons,one who made friends immediately,that I ever knew. Your spirit is still with us All- RIP Jim Franklin

Lisa Weiner

November 30, 2012

To Gary Carter.
You were a great baseball player for the New York Mets. My prayers go out to your family and collegues. Lisa Weiner

October 9, 2012

Rest In Peace, Kid
Thanks for '86

FROM THE FAMILY