Gary Frank Thornton

MILLERTON — Gary Frank Thornton, 51, passed away on July 21, 2018. 

He was born on May 30, 1967, to Jeanne (Coddington) Thornton and the late Charles J. Thornton Jr. at Horton Hospital in Middletown, N.Y. 

He lived in Amenia and Millerton for most of this life. He graduated from Webutuck High School in 1985 and worked at Northeast Muffler for the past 32 years as a valued mechanic. 

He was an avid bowler in his youth who bowled two perfect games. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially getting together with his four brothers. He loved playing golf with his family, fishing, following NASCAR and cooking and barbecuing at his home in Millerton.

He is survived by his mother, Jeanne, and his stepfather, Herbert Schwager Jr., of Wassaic; his four brothers, Charles and his wife, Marcia Judson, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., David and his wife, Janet Davidson, of Mattituck, N.Y., Scott and his wife, Rebecca Carlson, of Sharon, and Douglas and his wife, Julie Harbold, of Bryan, Texas; an extended family of loving cousins, nieces, nephews and other family members; a dear friend, Debra Darling; and his beloved dog, Rex.

He was predeceased by his father, Charles J. Thornton Jr.; and his grandparents, Marion and Frank Coddington and Charles and Martha Thornton.

Calling hours will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, at the Hufcut Funeral Home in Dover Plains. The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, at Smithfield Presbyterian Church in Amenia, Pastor Douglas Grandgeorge officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Berkshire Humane Society, 214 Barker Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201. 

To send the family an online condolence, go to www.hufcutfuneralhome.com.