Gary T. Christopher, a real estate developer, passed away after an extended illness on Friday morning, May 4, 2018. He was 82 years old.
Gary was born and raised in Brooklyn New York. He was one of four children born to Madeline and Thomas Christopher. He started his career in real estate development with Component Assembly Systems in New York. He learned quickly and had a great business sense. In the late 60s, he was sent to Massachusetts to run their Boston Branch. He worked with them full time until branching out on his own with his new company, Amory Gardens Realty. Despite going out on his own, he still kept his connection with his former coworkers and superiors at Component Assembly Systems. Gary loved the many challenges associated with being in the real estate industry. With the help of his wife Sherry, Gary handled a wide variety of real estate projects. He built his own home and several other homes in Burlington. Gary built commercial developments from the ground up as well as redeveloping older properties. He also owned and managed rental properties. Gary worked on projects on Cape Cod, Norwell, Boston, Brookline, Florida, and numerous other places over the 30 plus years he owned his company. Until the age of 81, Gary managed his business. He was so proud to bring his son, Garrett, into the business with him. He worked with Garrett to understand how the real estate business worked and gave him the knowledge and tools to eventually take over the business that he had spent his life building.
Gary and his wife Sherry had a strong devotion for each other. There are not many couples who can work together and still be best friends. They were married for 52 years. They had 2 sons whom they adored and were so happy to welcome their daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren into their family. They cherished their time together and shared their passion of traveling the world. They enjoyed their Gilford, NH vacation home, boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, dining at the local restaurants, and visiting the local establishments and hot spots. They also enjoyed spending the winter months in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Gary was an extremely generous man. He would do anything for his family, especially his grandchildren. He has shared with them many memorable experiences and trips filled with love, excitement and fun. When a Veteran needed a wheelchair, Gary stepped forward and made it happen. He supported the Stonehill College Scholarship named for his son, Tom, for the past 27 years. It gave Gary great satisfaction to help students achieve their goals and dreams as well as honoring his son who was killed in a tragic accident in 1992. Gary knew how precious life is. Gary did what he loved and knew what was so important in his life and that was to provide for his family and love his family with his whole being.
Gary was the beloved husband of Sherry E. (Hopping). Loving father of Garrett & his wife Jessica of Tewksbury and the late Thomas Christopher. Proud grandfather of Jocelyn, Allie, and Garrett Christopher. Brother of the late Mary Callahan, Patrick and William Christopher.
Visiting hours will be held at the Edward V Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., Burlington on Tuesday, May 8th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by funeral services at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. The burial will be in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gary’s name may be made to the In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gary’s name may be made to the Thomas D Christopher Scholarship Fund, Office of Development, Stonehill College, 320 Washington St., Easton, MA 02357.