Gary Staves



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Gary Staves

1/1/1935 – 7/30/2022

Charlotte/Rochester NY:  Born in Tupper Lake NY January 1st, 1935, the son to Van and Beulah Staves. He was married on November 28th, 1957 to Maureen Navin; Passed, Saturday, July 30, 2022 at age 87.

He worked as a logger in the mountains of the Adirondacks and on the St Lawrence River. He was a skilled carpenter for most of his life and helped to build many places in the Rochester and surrounding areas. To support his community, he built the bumper cars and the mini golf course that used to be in Charlotte Beach, he helped to rebuild the Char Pit on Lake Ave after it had burned down and built the Char Broil House on Island Cottage. 

He loved cars, hunting, fishing, playing PokerStars, cribbage, gardening and coin collecting. He was on a bowling team for many years. He was a good golfer, could throw a hoop and was able to play a song by ear on a piano or guitar and he loved watching Judge Judy!

Gary is survived by his wife of 64 years Maureen Staves; two daughters, Brenda (Robbie) Newton and Debbie Staves; grandson, Christopher Gluchowicz; sister, Barbara Gagnon.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Vance aka “Skip” and Stephen Staves; two sisters, Marjorie Cote and Karen LaFave.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday August 9th at 10:30 AM at Holy Cross Church, all are welcome.

Private Interment will be held for family members at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers his wish was to have donations made to the Holy Cross School.


  1. Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD on August 8, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Dear Maureen and Family, I am so sorry to learn of Gary’s passing. I will miss seeing him (and you) at Mass on Sunday. There are many pleasant memories of the choir, the Sunday coffee hour after Mass and otherwise. Loss of a loved one is never easy. Our faith does tell us though that he is at rest and with the Lord. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayer. May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time. -Ray

  2. Laura Doty on August 9, 2022 at 7:40 am

    My deepest condolences. Love and prayers to all of you.

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