Gary Thomas MacCleverty

Gary Thomas MacCleverty

September 10, 1952 - June 28, 2020
Aliso Viejo California

Gary Thomas MacCleverty

September 10, 1952 - June 28, 2020
Aliso Viejo California


Gary Thomas MacCleverty, 67, of Aliso Viejo, California, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died on June 28, 2020. He passed away peacefully holding the hands of his beloved wife Kathleen and his sister, Gail. He was born on September 10, 1952 in Buffalo, New York to E. Joan and Edgar MacCleverty.

Gary moved to California in 1978 with a bicycle and $140 in his pocket. He owned his own boat cleaning business in Dana Point, and then worked for 7Up. He found his calling when he joined the LA County Fire Department in 1983. He worked his way up the ranks and became a paramedic, engineer and then finally, captain. He retired from the Palos Verdes fire station in 2010, and enjoyed 10 years of a very active retirement.

Gary was a 2nd  degree black belt in karate, and enjoyed teaching the young students in his dojo. He was a Civil War aficionado and enjoyed his time in Gettysburg and Shiloh.  His love of boating began at the age of 10 on his family’s boat on Lake Erie. In 2004, he inherited his parents’ speed boat, and there began his California boating adventure with his family of 7. He and Kathleen acquired their dream boat, a 38′ Riviera named Goin’ Ta Blazes in 2015. Gary was down in the harbor most days of the week, helping out at the Dana Point Yacht Club, and tending the boat. He became the DPYC Commodore in 2015 and remained active in several other boating associations. He enjoyed philanthropic work, assisting Kathleen with their “Hope For The Homeless” annual campaign, serving Southern California homeless youths.

Gary was an avid reader, and enjoyed barbequing, entertaining and travel. He adored feeding his many birds and tending his beautiful roses.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen; children: Tara, Brendan, Caitlin, Andrew and Meghan. He is also survived by his 8 grandchildren: Katherine, Mason, Skye, Emma, Serenity, MJ, Briar and Isla, as well as his sisters, Sharon and Gail. His beloved dog Tanner, joined him for a Heavenly walk the day after Gary joined his Lord, Jesus Christ.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate a donation in Gary MacCleverty’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network:


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29 responses to Gary Thomas MacCleverty

  1. Joe Gullo says:

    Amen Gary , Glad the suffering is over RIP

  2. jon zeiger says:

    Gary was a great guy and a friend. will miss him watching the buffalo bills this fall

  3. Dear Kathleen, Gary was a wonderful man and Larry and I have many memories of time spent with him in AVLL.

    In this difficult time, may God hold you close to His heart, where He can feel your deepest loss and fill you with His deepest Love. He will be missed and may he Rest In Peace.

    God be with you, give you strength for each new day and His peace and comfort.

    With our deepest sympathies,
    Larry and Kelley Stewart

  4. His heart, his smile, his big hugs. We will never forget him Kathleen. Such a great guy and friend to all he met.
    My heart goes out to you during this extremely tough time.
    I send a big Gary hug your way to comfort you.
    Love to you,

  5. I will never forget your kindness. You were such an amazing person inside and out. You and Kathleen always treated me so good. I loved your hugs  RIP Gary!!!!

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