Monthly Archives: December 2019

Please Note: Re: Service for Gary

Please note that the service for Gary on Monday, December 30th will only be his burial. A Celebration of Life is being planned for sometime in January. Details will be posted once they have been confirmed.

Graveside Service for Gary

Monday, December 30, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Calvary Catholic Cemetary
2650 Madden Ave.
San Jose, CA 95116

Passing Of A Coin Hobby Stalwart

As is so often in the years as we aged, another email reported sadly the passing of Gary A., of San Jose, California. A towering presence in San Francisco South Bay organized numismatics, Gary was committed to our hobby for nearly five decades.

His passions were currency and casino chips, as well as other interests. In fact, when he was not at two recent coin club meetings, the feeling was Gary had taken another ocean cruise seeking and searching casino chips. Regretfully, his longtime friend and fellow sojourner in organized numismatics, Al Lo was to learn of his sudden passing.

My last time conversing with Gary was during the October 2019 Annual Awards Banquet of the Cupertino (California) Coin Club. He came walking very slowly with pain in his legs and back; yet, he came to enjoy the Banquet plus had everything ready for attendees. As usual, those of present received our special ‘Banquet Chip’. He smiled and sat among his friends. He and I exchanged chuckles with our perennial commentary of dislikes and likes in our hobby. Little did I anticipate a tragic passing.

Over the decades, Gary was a consummate numismatic exhibitor, earning many awards. He, in addition, had a lengthy record of service and devotion, having joined in April 1971, to the Cupertino Coin Club, particularly dedicated many years as its Treasurer. Among his other services was his support to ‘youth numismatics’.

His smile, his ‘I told you so’, his always among the first at a monthly Cupertino Coin Club meeting, plus also always holding the same parking space at the Club’s meeting venue shall be missed. However, we, and our hobby, have been enriched and enlightened while Gary was here. We are forged to continue as Gary would hope.

Words and thoughts are always difficult at the passing of someone that you have known or anyone for that matter. But, I close with these words from a source undocumented and which shall speak from our hearts: “Those We Love Do Not Go Away; They Walk Beside Us Every Day: Unseen, Unheard, But Always Near, Still Loved. Still Missed, and Very Dear.”

RIP, Gary

Michael S. Turrini
Vallejo, California

Club Banquet October 20, 2019 with Suzy T.

Club Banquet October 21, 2018 with Emile M., Al L., Michael Turrini

Other Hobbies Night showing toy planes June 8, 2018

Club Show February 18, 2018 with Harold W.

Club Banquet October 2017 with Emile M.

Youth Night October 13, 2017 with club’s youth

Show & Tell showing currency March 10, 2017

Club Banquet October 25, 2016 with Greg J.

It is with great sadness that we announce

Friday, December 13th, Cupertino Coin Club lost one of its life members. 😭 Gary was a vital member of our club and board who joined the club in August 1971, a year after the club formed. He was our curator, youth advisor, medals chairman, annual banquet chairman, and performed numerous roles for our annual February shows. In addition, he had been treasurer for many years until this past March. His smile will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Gary. ❤️

Gary at October 20, 2019 Club Banquet

Club December Happenings

Dec 13, Fri – December General Meeting – St Joseph of Cupertino Church, 7:00 pm, Parish Hall. Holiday party/potluck, auction, show & tell, youth raffle, and general drawing. Please bring a dish to share (salad, side dish, chips, fruit, dessert, etc.) that will go with sandwiches. Thank you!

Dec 18, Wed – CCC Board Meeting – All members welcome! St. Joseph of Cupertino Church, 7:30 pm, room 7