1949 – 2015
Dr. Gary Lee Weller of Putnam Heights, CT, departed this earth unexpectedly on Saturday, October 24, 2015, onto his next journey, following an accident while flying his airplane, one of his many passions.
Gary leaves behind his beloved wife, soul mate and best friend Sharon Weller. His loving mother Elsie Weller, his sisters, Jana (Tom) Papke, Jean Weller, and Lori (Dan) Strickler, his step- daughters Haley Trenholm and Calista (Cody) Thompson, grandson Colgan Thompson, and his many cherished nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his devoted black labs, Lucy and Desi. Gary will be joining his father Duke, who left us in 2013.
Dr. Weller received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1979 and began practicing his craft in Michigan. Thereafter, he relocated and established a thriving dental practice in the Boston area. Concurrent with his medical training and career, he rose through the ranks as an FAA certificated pilot and began flying for various airlines including Eastern and US Airways. Upon his retirement from the airlines, he relocated both his home and dental office to Putnam, CT where, under his leadership and vision, Weller Dental Associates expanded into one of the most recognized, modern and respected dental practices in the area.
A man of many talents and interests, Gary enjoyed flying most of all. A very accomplished and respected pilot, he never encountered a plane he couldn’t fly. Whether it be one of his vintage or antique airplanes, an ultra modern Mooney, or a passenger jet, he was equally at home behind the controls. His airline colleagues dubbed him “the flying dentist,” others referred to him as a “pilot’s pilot” as well as a teacher and a mentor. His passing leaves a large tear in the fabric of that close knit community.
Gary loved to travel. He and Sharon had many adventures by air to so many wonderful places along with very dear friends. He also owned a BMW motorcycle and would ride frequently with his dearest friend Bill. The two would take weeklong trips over thousands of miles to many interesting places.
An accomplished woodworker, craftsman and journeyman electrician, he possessed an uncanny “MacGyver” like talent to fix almost anything and considered it a personal failure to call in a professional!
He truly was a renaissance man in every sense of the word. He taught himself how to play guitar and enjoyed (in his words) “massacring a song” every now and then and joking with friends and family to “cover their ears” when he picked up his guitar.
A great man with a sharp wit, keen intellect, and a unique sense of humor, Gary made us all laugh. A soft and giving heart, he never said no to a favor or turned away a patient in need. He had the ability to take away pain and make us healthy and whole, and the unwavering ability to make us feel welcomed and special – not just as a healer, but as a son, a husband, a father, a brother and a friend. This is what those that love him can hold on to: his zest for life and his ability to make anyone laugh. Our lives have forever been changed because of him.
Calling hours are planned for Friday, October 30th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and Saturday, October 31st from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, with a memorial service immediately following at the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church Street, Putnam, CT. A gathering to share memories and stories of Gary will follow at 3:30 pm for family, friends and close colleagues at The Putnam Elks. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be considered to the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach, 835 West Queen Street Southington, CT 06489. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.