Gary Patrick Wrenn

February 4, 1950 - January 14, 2021
Gary Patrick Wrenn

Gary Patrick Wrenn, age 70, received his angel wings on Thursday, January 14, 2021, due to complications of COVID.

Gary was born in Washington, DC to the late Raymond and Nancy Wrenn. He spent most of his life in Wheaton, Maryland, attending Archbishop Carroll High School, Robert E. Peary High School and Frostburg State University, graduating with a degree in Physical Education. He retired in 2009 after 34 years of teaching, from Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland.

Gary was well-loved by many. He was a very successful Head Football Coach, Athletic Director, Track Coach, and Special Olympics Coach. To this day, many former athletes have kept in touch with Gary over the years. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors.

Gary is survived by his wife Karen Wrenn; son Brandon Wrenn (wife Ana); daughter Brittany Gifford (husband Alex); 3 grandchildren, Sophia Wrenn, Asher Gifford, and Amelia Gifford; brother Raymond Wrenn Jr. (wife Barbara); sister Nancy Ruffner (husband Guy). He was an uncle to 5 nieces and 3 nephews. He was a friend, a mentor, and a coach to many.

Gary was a member of Grace UM Church in Wilmington and formerly St. Andrews UM Church in Edgewater, MD. A private service will take place at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation on Friday, January 22, 2021, and will be live-streamed. Those wishing to do so may attend virtually by clicking on the following link Gary Patrick Wrenn Memorial Service at 11 A.M. Friday, January 22, 2021.

In spring or summer, the family will plan a celebration of Gary’s life in Maryland.

Please consider making a donation to help assist the family with any final expenses by visiting the memorial funds established at Treasured Memories Community Funding.

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  • January 22, 2021
    Don Bowers says:
    I met Gary and Karen through our church 4 years ago and we became immediate friends.Allthough already dealing with chronic illness Gary was a kind,funny and gracious man. I was honored to have known him and call him friend. I am honored to be singing at his service today.

  • January 20, 2021
    Robin Silver says:
    I have such fond memories of our families spending time together for the holidays in the summer. You taught my children how to fish, and always there to show them something that they never experienced before. You were always a true friend, and you will be missed so very very much. Love you, Gary!

  • January 20, 2021
    Debbie Sheppard says:
    Karen and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sending up prayers for comfort and strength.

  • January 20, 2021
    Ron Lyst says:
    Gary was probably the most competitive Coach and Teacher that I have ever known. I worked with Gary for many years in Prince Georges County. He would go the extra mile for his students and athletes that he coached. He taught his students and athletes confidence, courage and teamwork which are not only competition skills but also life skills. He loved his family very much and especially his wife Karen. Gary was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. His medical problems slowed him down for many years, but he continued to live a full life and kept the faith. Gary’s legacy will always be with us and his memory will live with us. God Bless the Wrenn Family.❤️

  • January 20, 2021
    Loretta Cutright says:
    Karen and family, prayers and much love to you all. Blessings to Gray, who was a wonderful advocate for children and loved by many of them still. I am sure you and your family are very proud of him as he travels home. God bless him.