For more than 20 years, Gary Muir delivered mail to residents in Massapequa Park, always with a smile, said his family. And, when he was not working, he could be found on the fields, coaching soccer or Little League.
“My dad was really a shining example of what every father and grandfather should strive to be like,” said his daughter Jeannine. “He was loyal, dependable, proud, and just happy always to be with his family; that was his life.”
Gary Muir, a longtime resident of both Amityville and Massapequa, died May 8, 2022 with his family at his side. He was 77 years old.
Mr. Muir was born in Queens. His family moved to Wilson Street in Massapequa Park in 1946. Ten years later, the family settled on Burton Lane in Massapequa.
Mr. Muir attended elementary school in Massapequa as the district opened its first schools in the 1950s and graduated from Massapequa High School in 1963. He graduated from SUNY Farmingdale with a degree in computer technology.
From 1966 until 1972, Mr. Muir served in the U.S. Marine Corps, the 3rd Division. He spent 13 months in Vietnam.
In 1967, he married his childhood sweetheart, Eileen Broschart, and the couple settled in Amityville where they raised four children. He was active in Amityville Little League and Soccer League and was both a coach and fan.
Following retirement from the Post Office, Mr. Muir worked as a code enforcer with Massapequa Park Village. In 2016, he and his wife retired to Wilmington, North Carolina where he enjoyed the warm weather and returning to New York annually to watch his grandchildren play baseball and soccer.
“What is amazing about my dad is that he grew up without a father; his father died when he was ten so he did not have a father figure to look up to,” said Jeannine. “Despite that, he was able to create a family and become a father whose legacy is dedication, love and loyalty.”
He was also a man who instilled the values of commitment in his children. “I think his time in the military taught him the importance of that,” said his daughter who added that her father’s accomplishment in life is the sum total of what he did and how he treated his family and others. “Sometimes it is not the extraordinary things a person does, but the sum total of the small things they do that makes someone special,” she said.
“Gary was the kind of a man every man should be,” said his longtime friend Tommy Maher of Amityville. “His family came first and he always thought of his neighbors and friends.”
Maher recalls how Mr. Muir, who lived in a home across the street from Maher’s parents, would always look in on them and shovel snow in front of their house. “He’d never say a thing; he’d just do it. That’s the way he was.”
John Vrana who has known Mr. Muir for 30-plus years recalls his passion for sports.
“He was a great Notre Dame and New York Giants fan,” said Vrana. “And he was extremely knowledgeable about sports.”
Vrana added that Mr. Muir was also a loyal fan to his eight grandchildren and that he would attend all their soccer, basketball and cheerleading games.
In his spare time, he could often be found attending his small “but prolific” vegetable garden, said Vrana. “He grew lettuce, and cucumbers and tomatoes and generously shared his vegetables with family, friends and neighbors.”
Mr. Muir is survived by his wife Eileen and his children, Patty, Bob and his wife Karin, Jeannine Colarossi and her husband John and Gary and his wife Aimee. His grandchildren: Bryan and Lauren, Kristin, Matt, Danny, Lauren, Rachel, Erin and Erika, and his brothers Bob and his wife Lynne and Steve and his wife Noreen, and many other relatives and friends also survive him.
A funeral service was held Sun., May 15, 2022 at the Andrews Mortuary Hampstead Chapel, 17730 Highway 17 North, Hampstead, NC. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated the following day at All Saints Catholic Church, 18737 Highway 17 North, Hampstead, NC. Interment followed at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Tunnels to Towers Foundation at www.t2t.org .