Gary Singer Obituary, Death – Gary Singer, a lifetime Manchester resident, died of cancer on November 15, 2022, at the age of 67. Beloved son of the late Bernice and Irving Singer, loving father to Michael and Jessica Singer of Newton, Massachusetts, and Bayla (Jessica) and Yisroel (Jeff) Rich of Passaic, New Jersey, and cherished grandfather to his ten grandchildren, Ayellet and Gavriel Singer and Nechama, Avraham Simcha, Moshe Leib, Akiva, Perela, Stephen (Lillian) Singer, Alan Singer, Robert Singer, He treasured the time he spent as an uncle and great-uncle with his nieces and nephews. His first wife, Gail, died before him (Schreier).
Gary was his parents’ loyal son. He enjoyed enhancing his mother’s life by bringing her meals on a regular basis and organizing trips around New England for her and her numerous friends. Gary has been a loving husband to his wife Cindi for nearly three decades. Anyone who saw them together noticed Gary’s eyes glowed with affection. They liked spending time together at their Plum Island home and on their Harley-Davidson motorcycle rides across the world. They were the closest of pals. Cindi was always present for Gary, especially as he approached the end of his life. Gary was equally proud of his position as a parent and grandfather. He enjoyed telling anecdotes about his children and grandchildren’s various successes.
Family ties extended even into the workplace. He has been a key component of Merchants Automotive Group’s growth and success over the past fifty years. Gary served as Chairman of the Board prior to his retirement. He looked forward to going to work every day with his late father, brothers, brother-in-law, and beloved coworkers. He was thrilled to continue on his parents’ Merchants Automotive Group legacy of 60 years. Gary was proud of his Jewish ancestry. He was devoted to his faith, which provided him with peace during difficult times. Gary had been praying three times a day since his bar mitzvah, despite the fact that he was enduring cancer treatments. He volunteered his time and knowledge to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Hampshire, Hadassah, Chabad of New Hampshire, and his hometown synagogue, Temple Israel.
He was also a Salvation Army volunteer, serving on the Board of Directors, volunteering at the Kids’ Café, ringing the bells every year for the holidays, and participating in their annual warm clothing drive. Gary’s charity contributions earned him the Salvation Army’s highest civilian distinction, the William Booth award, which his late father also received. Gary and Irving were the only father-son team to receive this honor. Everyone who knew Gary had heard stories about his athletic abilities, some of which were real. Gary was a Little League all-star pitcher, a Pop Warner football quarterback, and Manhattan Technical High School’s best basketball player. Because of his competitive nature and athletic talent, he became a founder member of “Singer Ball,” a monthly basketball game played among friends and family members, first in his parents’ driveway, then on the basketball courts of local colleges. Gary’s upbeat personality and commanding presence will be missed by all.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 16th at 12:30pm at Temple Israel, 66 Salmon St., Manchester, NH (masks are necessary). The funeral will be streamed live on Temple’s website and YouTube channel. The Manchester Jewish Cemetery is in Manchester, New Hampshire. During the following hours, Shiva will be observed at Chabad of New Hampshire, 1234 River Rd., Manchester, NH: Wednesday, November 16th, after burial until 8 p.m. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17th Saturday, November 19th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, November 18th, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday, November 20th, 8am-12pm & 3:30pm-7:30pm, Monday, November 21st, 8am-12pm & 3:30pm-7:30pm, Tuesday, November 22nd, 8am-12pm & 3:30pm-7:30pm, Wednesday, November 23rd, 8am-12pm & 3:30pm-7:30pm
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Gary’s name may be directed to Dr. Richardson’s Myeloma Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284 or to Chabad of New Hampshire dedicated to the Gary Singer Memorial Fund (http://chabadofnh.com/donate).