Gary Massey Porter of Townsend, MA

1958 - 2024

Visitation

February 2, 2024
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Dolan Funeral Home

No Funeral Date Scheduled


Gary Massey Porter, 65, of Townsend, MA, passed away peacefully Monday, January 22, 2024 at his home surrounded by loved ones.

He was married to Michelle (Spencer) Porter with whom he had recently celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary.

Born in Lowell, MA, he was the son of the late Harold M. Porter and Elsie (Massey) Porter.

He was raised in Chelmsford and attended the Chelmsford Public schools.

He retired from the printing industry in 2020.

He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing guitar, camping and walking his many rescue dogs. One of Gary’s favorite memories was the trip he took to Ireland with his wife Michelle and family.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter Becky Porter of Townsend, MA, his grandchildren Braeden and Adrianna, his brothers; Sonny Porter of Lowell, MA, Wayne Porter, his wife Deb of Epsom, NH, his sisters; Gail McNeil of Chelmsford, MA, Judy Reilley, her husband Tom of Mesa, AZ, his sisters/brothers-in-law; Sue and Jim Barry of Sidney, ME, Joanne and Bruce Spencer of Decatur, GA, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother-in-law Joan Dussault, brother-in-law Joseph McNeil, sister-in-law Patricia Porter, and nephew Jon Porter.

 

FUNERAL NOTICE

 

Gary Porter, Townsend, MA died January 22, 2024. Visiting hours Friday, February 2, 2024 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX STREET, N. CHELMSFORD, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory, to: Old Dogs go to Helen, 83 Range Road, Epsom, NH 03234, Care Central VNA and Hospice (Gardner, MA), or the American Cancer Society. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com
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8 Condolences for Gary Massey Porter of Townsend, MA

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    Justin Spencer

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    I’ll miss the conversations about music uncle.. I hope you’re ripping that guitar up In heaven so it’s never too quiet. Love you uncle

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    Judy Reilley

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    Gary’s contagious smile, dry humor and awesome guitar playing was such a big part of him. I will miss him so so so much ?. Michelle, Becky, Adrianna and Braedon…and Guinness too—Tom and I are sending our love and ask God to hold you all tight. Love, Judy and Tom, Sunny too!

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    Wendy Porter

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    I love you Uncle Gary and I will miss you so much you are one special man you made such an impact on so many of us so many memories that I will cherish. Aunt Michelle and Becky I love you both very much and you know I will always be here for you

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      Harold Sonny Porter sr.

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      HE AIN’T HEAVY, HE’S MY BROTHER AND I KNOW HE’S CHOOGLIN ON UP IN HEAVEN.

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    Adrianna

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    Grampy you were such a strong man! You taught me everything I know! I will miss summers on the deck listening to you play the guitar. We have so many memories I could write a book. Thank you for pushing me to be the best I can be. Thank you for all the laughs. You were so talented and strong! I promise you I am going to try the guitar again. I definitely won’t be as talented as you were. I will never forget the math lessons and the conversions, you helping me practice for my theater performances and making me laugh to the point I spit chocolate milk all over the place. I know you will be rocking out in heaven. I love you Grampy you are my hero!

    -Your bunny

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    Carol Markley

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    We are neighbors of Tom and Judy’s .
    Myra and I would like to extend our condolences to the family. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Sincerely,
    Carol and Myra Markley

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    Wayne Porter

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    We already missed you rocking the campfire in Epsom. Black Friday will be a little somber too. R I P brother

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    Jim Barry

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    My Brother, My Brother, you left us way to soon – My heart breaks with the sadness I feel from your passing. I will never forget the memories, the laughs and the time we spent together here on our journey. I love you man –

    A Poem by Liz Newman:
    Today I thought of you, and I felt comforted by your presence.
    I could almost see the light of your smile soothing my soul.
    I could almost hear the sound of your voice, steady and full.
    I could almost feel your hand reaching for mine and holding it tightly.
    I could almost smell the scent of the pines, where we sat surrounded by the trees.
    I could almost taste the coffee as we talked so freely.
    I could sense your love so fully though this moment so vividly.
    And I know you’re with me.
    I know somehow, you’re with me.
    And I ‘ll find you in my heart, In our memories.

    God Speed Brother, until we see each other again…
    Your Irish Brother, Jim

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