Francis Stephan

Obituary of Francis Gary Stephan

Gary was a great husband, father and a good friend. Those who knew him always remarked that he was a kind and funny guy who loved to laugh and was easy to like. Gary was born in Buffalo and made the Western New York area his home enjoying the seasonal activities available. From playing hockey to being a gearhead, driving and working on his cars, Gary would spend as much time outdoors as he was able in his youth. As he got older, he married his beloved Robin and together they raised their sons in the West Seneca area. Gary worked at the Dunlop Tire Plant out in Tonawanda but would always make sure he made quality time to spend with his family, being a Hockey Dad to his boys, getting on their boat and fishing even though no one was all that good at it. Later in life going to car and air shows were some of the fun activities they all enjoyed. He would help his Mom as she got older with her garden keeping it lovely and green. If it happened outdoors you could bet Gary was there! Gary will be missed by all and remembered with love and a smile. Stephan, Francis G. “Gary” Age 67, of West Seneca NY, went to Heaven March 26, 2021. Gary is survived by his wife of 45 years, Robin (Higgins) Stephan; sons, Andrew Stephan and Adam Stephan; sisters, Claudia (late Chuck) Sodaro, Barbara (Robert) Balcerzak and brother, Joseph M. Stephan; sisters-in-law, Lesley (Norman) Waleszczak and Rhonda Oakwood. Son of the late Francis and late Kathleen Stephan. Born in Buffalo, Gary worked for years at Dunlop Tires, enjoyed playing hockey, loved music and belonged to the Knights of Columbus. Private service to be held by the family. Donations in Gary’s memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter.
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