OBITUARY

Gary William Powell

October 24, 1952October 30, 2018

Gary William Powell, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at his residence in Austin, Texas. Gary was 66 years of age.

Gary was born on October 24, 1952 in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey to Bill Powell and Marilou (Williams) Powell. He traveled and lived with his parents in El Paso, Texas, Washington D.C., Fort Devens, Mass., Darmstadt, Frankfurt, and Augsburg Germany, and Sagamihara, Japan. He was a high school graduate of Augsburg American High School and attended Texas Tech. He was a good student excelling in math. He was an exceptional baseball and football player for his high schools. While in high school, he had his own band in which he was guitarist and played gigs in Frankfurt, Germany. He was employed in Management for Grocery Retail for many years. Gary was a hardworking, honest and dedicated son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to so many. His passion was bridge and he attained the rank of diamond life master. He was also a brilliant chess player. Gary was a unique individual; he can be forever remembered for his love of family, as an avid bridge player, his smile, sense of humor, and relaxed nature. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Gary married Marcia Harris on November 17, 1981.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a step-daughter; Melissa Cook and her husband Russ and their children Riley and Kace of Georgetown; brother Marc Powell and wife Karen of Georgetown and their son Daniel of Boston, Ma, and their daughter Katie and her husband Cody Sears of Pflugerville; and brother John Powell and his wife Julie and their four sons, Jackson, Jordan, Joshua, and P.J. of Round Rock as well as many extended family members and close friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his sister Gaye Tenoso.

A Celebration of Gary’s life will be conducted from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, at his parents’ home: 1505 St. Williams Loop in Round Rock.

Please visit www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com where you may leave condolences and share memories with Gary’s family.

  • FAMILY

  • In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a step-daughter; Melissa Cook and her husband Russ and their children Riley and Kace of Georgetown; brother Marc Powell and wife Karen of Georgetown and their son Daniel of Boston, Ma, and their daughter Katie and her husband Cody Sears of Pflugerville; and brother John Powell and his wife Julie and their four sons, Jackson, Jordan, Joshua, and P.J. of Round Rock as well as many extended family members and close friends.

    Gary was preceded in death by his sister Gaye Tenoso.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Sunday, November 11, 2018
REMEMBERING

Gary William Powell

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Lois Goodman

November 8, 2018

What a loss! What a shock! This vital, smiling, friendly, competent man will be missed by so many. He touched so many lives with his wit, wisdom, compassion.

We grieve with Marilou and Marcia. Marilou, you raised one wonderful human being.

Love, Lois

Pat White

November 8, 2018

SUCH A WONDERFUL PERSON!! He will certainly be missed--and remembered.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Pat White

Bo Spencer

November 8, 2018

To Bill, Marilou and John - I am so very sorry to hear of Gary's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Brian & Margie Garner

November 7, 2018

Dear John, Julie, and the Powell family, we are very sad to hear of this news. May the Lord's peace and presence rest over you all in this time.

Jack Lacy

November 6, 2018

I am stunned by Gary's death. I will miss him very much; his humor and good sense at the bridge table. He was always a gentleman and a source of good information about the game. Countless times he and I would discuss a hand and sometimes come to a conclusion. Such a wonderful man and friend.

Harry Akin

November 5, 2018

What terrible news! I am absolutely stunned by our loss.

Gary was a delightful person. His combination of friendliness, keen intelligence and sense of humor is so rare that Gary's absence will be impossible to accept gracefully. I vehemently protest his premature death when he had so much to give and to share.

Heartfelt condolences to Marcia, Marilou and Gary's entire family. Gary's many friends join you in mourning.

Jim Andre

November 5, 2018

Being from Houston I hardly knew Gary, but I did play bridge against him occasionally. I remember once after the play of the hand he provided me with some constructive suggestions, which I really appreciated. Not many “strangers” would do that.

Sandy Potts

November 2, 2018

Wit, kindness, and laughter are memories I will have of Gary. My heart breaks for his family and I have each of you in my prayers.
I will miss watching Gary check each score of the bridge game he finished and I will remember asking him questions about my bids.
He was thoughtful, and generous with his bridge knowledge. Also, he was quiet until asked about a bidding situation.
Marilou, you raised one fine man. Marcia, please know that you and your family are loved at this difficult time.

joyce cooper

November 2, 2018

Gary was absolutely the gentleman, at the bridge table, and in personal interrelations. I am going to miss his wry humor and his interest in life. Marsha and Mary Lou, you were fortunate to have such a wonderful man in your lives for all these years. He will be missed.
Joyce Cooper

Phillip Grothus

November 2, 2018

Gary was a wonderful human being and I will sorely miss his humor and friendship that he so freely shared over the four decades that we knew one another.
Although we played only once, placing second overall in a regional pair event, I always respected him as an opponent and played cautiously as he never ceased to have a creative flair at the table.
His humor was equal to his card play as well. He had a running joke with me about a particular Polo shirt that I owned and how he disliked. Occasionally, when going to Austin to play, I would bring it along and purposely wear it. We would always comment on it and we would have a good laugh about it and I will forever cherish the times and humor of it all.
My deepest condolences to the family and especially Marcia and Marilou who I know will miss him greatly as I and all of those whose lives he touched will as well.