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Boucher Funeral Home, Inc.
Thursday October 4th, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm

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Boucher Funeral Home, Inc.
Thursday October 4th, 2018

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Gary R. Nivala

Gary R. Nivala, 61, of Gardner died Sunday, September 23, 2018 in UMASS Memorial Medical Center of Worcester surrounded by his family, following a brief illness.

            Born in Pittsfield, MA on December 18, 1956, he was the son of the late Robert W. and Jacqueline K. (Larson) Nivala.

            Gary graduated from Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School of Fitchburg in 1975 as an Electrician.  He was employed by McKenna Electric of Leominster for 34 years, retiring in 2011. He was previously employed by Modern Dispersions, Inc. of Leominster.

            Gary was a member of Holy Spirit Church of Gardner. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge 1426 of Gardner and the Napoleon Club of Gardner.

            He enjoyed camping in Vermont, hunting, fishing and cooking; and he loved spending time with his family.

            Gary leaves his wife of 41 years, Deborah Jean (McMilleon) Nivala of Gardner; two sons, Nicholas R. Nivala and Patrick S. Nivala of Gardner; brothers, Gregg Nivala and his wife Cynthia of Virginia, and Eric Nivala of Gardner; sister, Catherine Nivala and her significant other, Patrick Taylor of Gardner; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

            Funeral Services will be held Thursday, October 4th at 12:00 p.m. in the Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, West Street, Gardner.

            Calling hours will be held Thursday, October 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the funeral home.

            Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 Fifth Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451. Please reference in memory of Gary R. Nivala.

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Dear Debbie, Nicholas and Patrick.

I am so sorry to hear that Gary passed away. He was a good friend at Otter River State Park and Ken Drive. We had so many laughs with his Sears Allstate motorcycle, as Gregg probably remembers. I found out late, or I would have been at the services. Also thinking of Gregg, Eric and Cathy and will keep all of you in my prayers.

Rick (and Sue) DuBois Oct 5 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Deb, Nicholas and Patrick,

My deepest sympathy goes out to you in your loss. Keep your treasured memories close, as they will remain in your hearts forever. May god bless you and keep you strong at this sad and difficult time. Much Love to You All,
Dawn Gaudet

Dawn Gaudet Oct 3 2018 12:00 AM

A Sincerest Thoughts was sent on October 2, 2018

We cannot express enough how sorry we are to hear of Gary's passing. He was such an incredible person and had a loving heart. He will be greatly missed. Love, Kelly, Jayden, Nathan, Daniel, & Gabriella McKenna

Expression of Sympathy Oct 2 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gary Nivala

Brenda Minns Sep 27 2018 12:00 AM