Gary L. VanBrocklin Jr., 45

Gary L. VanBrocklin Jr., 45

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Calling hours for Gary L. “Niner” VanBrocklin, Jr. will be 11:00am – 1:00pm Friday, March 15th at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown. Burial will be held at the convenience of his family. A celebration of life will immediately follow calling hours at the LaFargeville American Legion.

Gary passed away Friday, March 8th at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse. He was 45 years old.

Born in Watertown February 13, 1974, Gary was a son to Gary L. and Diane (Landon) VanBrocklin. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1992 where he ran on the high school track team.

Gary worked as a chef at several local establishments including, but not limited to: Maggie’s, Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, the Clipper, Fairgrounds, Friendly’s, Last Call, and Sackets Harbor Brew Co.

A marriage to Rachelle Storm would end in separation.

Gary was a member of Watertown’s First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed playing pool, golf, cooking, comic books, video games, MAGIC: The Gathering, and hosting “geek night”.

Surviving besides his mother, Diane ( Mark) Baltz, are his daughters: Ireland (partner Austin Faulk) of Carthage, Mckala of Carthage; his siblings: Timothy Baltz of Kingston, Kevin Baltz of Clayton, Amanda (Kyle) Payne of North Carolina; and his “brother from another mother”, Scott Sykes. He is also survived by a niece and his beloved dog, Milo and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Gary is predeceased by his father, Gary Sr., and his grandparents: Mary & Lewis VanBrocklin, Harold & Eileen Baltz, Barbara Hoops-Landon.

Donations may be made in his name to First United Methodist Church, 236 Mullin Street, Watertown, NY 13601 –or- American Cancer Society, 7715 Black River Rd., Watertown, NY 13601.

Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.

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