Montville Funeral Home of Church & Allen

53 Norwich New London Tpke, Uncasville, CT


Gary Bruce Rice Sr.

May 10, 1946November 3, 2019

Gary Bruce Rice, Sr., 73, died November 3, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. Gary was born May 10, 1946, in New London, to Ernest and Helen Rice.

Gary is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Rice, whom he married in August 2008. He also leaves behind his son Gary B. Rice, Jr., and daughter Erica Jacques, both of Uncasville. He was beloved grandfather to Cassandra, Brianna, Ashley, Samantha and Adam. Additionally, he was step-father to Joseph Dembrowski, of California, and Jennifer Gibbons, of Quaker Hill. He was a great friend to their children, Ariel, Avery and Hunter. He is also survived by his sisters, April and Melody, and brother, Ernest. Additionally, Gary was uncle to various nieces and nephews. He was friend to many. Mr. Rice is predeceased by his parents, brother Russell, and daughter-in-law Donna.

His bravery as a veteran of the Vietnam War, earned him several medals, including a Bronze Star. Following his service, he entered into fatherhood. He was employed at Pfizer, Spicer and then went to work with his brother until retiring from Russell Rice Contracting. After retiring, he enjoyed everyday life with his wife, Liz, cooking, doing yard work, gardening, and listening to the various birds that enjoyed his yard. He also loved fishing, especially his weekly fishing trips to the lake, with his granddaughter, Ashley. Another joy was going to harkness and walking the beach looking for treasures!

Visitation will be held Sunday, November 10, 2019, at Church and Allen, Montville, from 2-4 pm. with a Funeral Service at 4p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank all the staff at the Smilow Cancer Center, Waterford location, and Hospice of Norwich. Their care was kind and generous. Please visit www.montvillefuneralhome.com.


  • Calling Hours / Visitation Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, November 10, 2019


Gary Bruce Rice Sr.

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Sabrina Rogers

November 8, 2019

Uncle Gary was a great man and I will miss him dearly. I remember our many fishing trips to the pier near the old UBS with him and my Mom and Dad. He was always so proud when I caught a flounder and just as proud when I caught a sea robin. When he didn't have such luck, he would always say that a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work. Funny thing was, he worked for my Dad.
I know he is in heaven fishing with my Dad and his Dad. Love you Uncle Gary, rest in peace

Susan Morris

November 5, 2019

Gary was such a kind and thoughtful person,making everyone feel so welcome to his home.He will be missed

Angela Riley

November 5, 2019

Papa Rice, you will be missed and are loved ❤️ Ang, Marty, Cara, and Ali

Melanie Sherratt

November 4, 2019

Gary is my Snow Angel. Without being asked, he would plow our driveway when Pat, my husband, was not around. He is a man of few words yet a man of actions . He is a true friend and a fine gentleman . Pat, Rubie and I will miss those afternoon chats and visits but he will surely be in our hearts ..

Patrick Sherratt

November 4, 2019

Gary came across as a old gruff goat but would do anything for anyone. He was like a father to me in many ways and a great friend and fishing buddy. He was a special person and will me deeply missed

Paula Barnicott Keally

November 4, 2019

I always loved my sweet kind brother-in-law so much. Over the years when we could visit he was the best host and always loved sharing a gin and tonic or two with me as he grilled in his back yard. Memories of his love for Gary and Erica’s, his beloved grandchildren and even for my crotchety sister Mary cause me to feel warm with gratitude for having him in my life even up to now. God speed Gary and prayers you are at peace in a great big garden with a charcoal grill right beside it having fun. I love you always. Paula

Melody Rice-Murchison

November 4, 2019

My favorite memory was the last time we saw each other and we were reminiscing. He shared with me that he babysat me (I'm his baby sis) when my parents went to the Worlds Fair. The look of love in his eyes when he said that I was such a good girl for him and he loved taking care of me is something I will never forget.
I will love and miss my brother always.

Sandee Escalera Goldenberg

November 4, 2019

I remember Gary from our SLA days. He was such a loving, kind, thoughtful man. He really cared about his family and friends. He will be truly missed! May He Rest In Peace until that great reunion day!! Rev. 21:4

April Mascolino

November 4, 2019

I remember as kids he would go fishing and when he did we ate like kings. Fried trout is still my favorite. I will miss my brother forever.