September 17, ? – May 12, 2016
From Lisa Hilton,
I woke up today to see this message from my friend Jeff Rainey,
“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Gary Glaser. Gary passed yesterday morning. From all indications, it is believed that Gary died peacefully in his sleep from natural causes associated with his long term battle with chronic Lyme. For those of us whose lives he touched, he will always be remembered for loving heart and gentle spirit. Finally free from pain, may you rest in peace and be of blessed memory. Funeral details below. http://m.sollevinson.com/notice.php?id=27713”
My heart broke. Gary has a been a long time member of the Lyme community. Through the years he has been a tremendous support to many, including myself. I have watched him become a true friend to many, supporting them, one even calling him, “her Uncle.” Gary was so generous, he would donate items to all the Holiday Wishlists we do every Christmas for Lyme patients and even gave me a car. A CAR.. for free. Gary was a generous soul. His obituary even read, “On May 12, 2016, Gary R. Glaser; dear son of Shirley Glaser and the late Abraham Glaser; dear brother of Karen Glaser. Also survived by many friends in the recovery and Lyme disease communities.” Gary was family to us.
Gary loved working with animals and had a really awesome coy pond in his back yard. He was the daddy to two dogs, “Dubya ” (named after President Bush
and was a rescue dog from Hurricane Katrina) and “Babs,” (named after Barbara Bush.”) Gary often posted pictures and told funny stories about his dogs. They were big comfort to him through his illness.
Many of us had the honor of meeting Gary at the different Lyme awareness events. One time he was so sick, he made it to one of the Lyme protests in Washington DC only to have to lay down on the bench the whole time. What kind of strength he had to make it there while being so sick.
We will never forget you Gary and your absence on Facebook in the Lyme community will be greatly missed. We will keep your memory alive though as you live on through our hearts.
Gary’s faith meant a lot to him. He posted about being Jewish and from the support he got from his church often.
Over the last couple years Gary seemed to be suffering a lot. Problems with his picc line, IVIG treatments and an unfortunate fire at his house all put a lot of stress on him. We watched as the Lyme community came to his side, to give back the support he gave to everyone else. A fundraiser was put together and over $7,000 was raised to help house his beloved dogs while Gary was recovering in the hospital.
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Our condolences go out to all Gary’s family and friends right now.