Howard Gary Echols

July 31, 1948 - February 22, 2022
Howard Gary Echols

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Howard Gary Echols passed away quietly on February 22, 2022, at the age 73.

He was born to Howard and Ruth Echols, on July 31, 1948. Gary grew up in the neighborhoods of Bedford, Massachusetts and graduated from Bedford High School in 1966. He was an alumnus of American International College where he graduated in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources.

An active member of the TKE Fraternity, Gary developed lifelong friendships with many this fellow fraternity brothers. He fondly remembered his days living and working in and around New England. During the summers off from school he helped his dad by delivering Coke Cola to many of the merchants in the area. In 1974, Gary began his work career at Texaco and finished at ITT Flygt Corporation both as a human resource manager.

In 1977, Gary married the love of his life Carol Croot. Gary and Carol would travel on many adventures, visiting friends and relatives and rooting for their favorite University of Alabama football team, “Roll Tide”. He had a special fondness for his four-legged pets and enjoyed many miles of long walks with his yellow lab Hattie and later with Emma, a miniature labradoodle. Gary loved to play golf, taking long rides on his bicycle, always enjoyed a good party and being with his friends. He always had a smile and his life overflowed with so many memorable moments.

In addition to his wife Carol, he is survived by his Uncle Tom and Aunt Priscilla Echols, Aunt Sarah and her husband Jay Rawlinson, Cousin Carol and her sons Jonathan and Blair and their families.

Gary’s favorite charities were K9s for Service in Wilmington, NC and Tunnels to Towers Foundation in Staten Island, NY.

There are no services planned at this time.

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  • February 24, 2022
    Brayton and Debbie Willis says:
    Gary was the nicest, most enjoyable person to be around. A gentleman who always had smile and ready to share a good story or two. While we know that Gary is in a better place now, we also know that Carol and the rest of us will miss him very much.

  • February 24, 2022
    Bob Deilus says:
    Gary will be surly missed. I had the privilege of spending time with him while we both worked at Flygt in Connecticut. We were both part of the Activities Committee and I enjoyed planning and working at the company picnics along with various other activities. When we got to know each other better, we recognized our common interest in music of the 50’sand 60’s. I recall a concert or two we attended including a great night at the Bridgeport Cabaret Theater. He would always light up when talking about planning the High School Reunions and making the playlists on cassettes. His love for music could only be surpassed by his love of Carol and fondness of their dogs. Sorry he was called to leave us so soon.

  • February 27, 2022
    Penelope A Jones says:
    Such a womderful man. My thoughts are with you Carol.

  • February 27, 2022
    Penelope A Jones says:
    Such a kind soul. My thoughts are with you Carol

  • February 28, 2022
    Ray Falkoff says:
    I simply can't remember a time when I didn't see Gary smiling or laughing. The memories I shared with him at AIC and TKE will always be close to my heart. Rest in peace Munchie