Gary Loveless of Long Island died June 23, 2016, after a long battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.
Gary was born in Glen Cove to Elizabeth and Cecil Loveless. He graduated from Cold Spring Harbor High School in 1965 and spent many years living in Colorado before returning to Long Island.
From an early age, Gary was fascinated with working with his hands and eventually became well-known in the community for his construction company, Vector East. His talents as a master woodworker, craftsman, and teacher to his sons are visible throughout the East End in the homes and businesses he built and renovated. In general and as a business owner, Gary was a man of deep-seated integrity. He never took shortcuts. His hardworking nature was respected and admired by those who knew him.
In life, Gary became known for his strong convictions or at times even stubbornness. He was steadfast in his decisions and stood by them. He grew his hair and beard in his early 20s and never once changed his style. He took up cigarette smoking and despite the pleas of loved ones, smoked his entire life. He decided to stop eating meat as a teenager and never did again. He said what he meant, and he meant what he said.
A lover of cars, tools, machines, and cameras, Gary was interested in the way things worked. He understood that all problems had solutions and anything that could be taken apart could be put back together again — and possibly even improved upon in the process. The shining gem of his car and truck collection was his 1985 steel blue El Camino in which he could often and easily be spotted driving around town.
Truly the rock of his family, Gary provided unconditional love and support to all of his children. He was logical and practical and best of all, he always answered his phone and patiently doled out advice.
He is survived by his wife, Linn; his six children, Astrid, Derek, Simon, Jared, Taber, and Julia; his two stepsons, Eber and Revel; his sister, Ann and two brothers, Peter and Jon; his four grandchildren,Casper, Digby, Ella, and Willem; and his ex-wife, Patty.
The family will be celebrating Gary’s life at 6 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the bluff above 67 steps and invite anyone in the community who knew Gary to join.
This is a paid notice.