William Gary Cease

September 20, 1946June 9, 2013

CEASE, William Gary

66, of St. Petersburg, FL, passed away June 9, 2013 at home under the care of hospice and his loving family.

He was born September 20, 1946 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of William C and Elizabeth “Betty” Mair Cease.

He was an Army Veteran of Viet Nam. Gary moved to Florida from Berlin, NJ where he operated an automobile dealership with his father. In Florida, Gary worked as a carpenter in home construction until an on the job paralyzing injury. He was a member of the Boca Ciega Power Squadrin and VFW Post #6253 in Berlin, NJ. Gary was instrumental in forming the Spinal Cord Injury Outreach Network and volunteered at Health South Rehabilitation Center and Tampa General Hospital.

Survivors include a son, Gary W; his mother, Elizabeth “Betty” Cease; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Courtney, Tyler, Cody, and Kaitlyn Cease; nieces, Debra Fox-Marich and Beth Marich and his former wife, Linda Cease .

A celebration of life will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 7950 131st St. Seminole, FL 33776 / 727-391-0121


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 15, 2013

William Gary Cease

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June 18, 2013

Dear Gary, Linda and Betty: So sorry to read of Gary's passing. You are a wonderful and generous family and Gary was a wonderful and generous person. Our hearts go out to you. We will remember you always, Sandy and Bill Watson and Floss Thomas

Barbara & Ron Massey

June 18, 2013

Sorry to read about Gary's death. Weremember him playing volley ball in the field next to us. He will be missed.

June 18, 2013

Betty and family,
My heart goes out to all. I have such good memories of Berlin, the VFW parties and we all LOVED to dance! Thoughts and prayers to all. God Bless!


Kathleen Herzer
Atco, NJ

June 16, 2013

We're so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. We remember all the good times we had at your home in Berlin and the little boy who loved to dance with us. You and Gary are in our prayers, please keep in touch.
Love Jim and Annamay

alana pond

June 16, 2013

I took care of Gary for almost 20 years and I was honored to call him my best friend. He reached out and touched so many lives, especially mine. I will always cherish his memory in my heart, but I will miss him dearly. I am glad he is free, but the lost of this amazing soul will forever leave a hole in my heart.

Annamay Evangelisti

June 16, 2013

So sorry to hear of Gary's death, I remember all the good times at your home in Berlin and the little boy who joined in and danced with us. Please know that Gary and you are in our prayers. Please keep in touch.
Love Jim and Annamay

June 15, 2013

So sorry for your loss, thinking of you and the kids.
Love Rachael

J. Hepburn

June 15, 2013

I am really sorry for your loss.
May you find strength and comfort as you try to cope. Your Loving Heavenly Father has a great resource of support for you to do that. One such is prayer. "God will be with those stripped of everything, and will not despise their prayer." (Psalm 102:17) I will also keep you in my prayers.

Gail Horvath

June 15, 2013

I know he will be missed by everyone that knew him. So sorry for your loss.