Garry Arno Engelberg entered into rest after a slip and fall accident on the icy steps leading up to his apartment in Brunswick, Maine on January 20th, 2022. He was 63 years old.
Garry was born on March 20, 1958 in Middletown, New York to Dr. Lazar “Larry” and Thea (née Hoffmann), who both preceded him in death; 2012 and 2004 respectively. He is survived by his brother Dr. Bernard T. Engelberg and sister-in-law Lee Engelberg of Austin, Texas; and his nephew and niece, Kevin and Carina. He was laid to rest near his dear parents at Temple Sinai Cemetery in Middletown, thanks to the generosity of Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home.
Garry graduated from Pine Bush High School in Middletown in 1976, and Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, in 1984. He also studied computer programming for a year at New York University. Over the course of his career he worked as a veterinary assistant, news reporter, technical and marketing writer, and most recently as a customer service representative; hanging his hat in cities as diverse as New York, Albuquerque, Houston, Tampa, Middletown, Salt Lake, and San Francisco. His penchant for writing earned him the nickname, “Scoop.”
Garry was delightfully charming, wickedly smart, and stubbornly passionate, with a penchant for 60s and 70s music, vegetarianism and well-crafted humor. He was a voracious reader of modern American literature, avid outdoor sportsman, and seasoned road-tripper. Garry seemed in constant motion, his energy and enthusiasm infecting everyone around him. He was big-hearted and generous to all - even if he might have to borrow cab fare after buying you dinner.
Garry adored his rescue dogs, Murphy, Cody and Sunshine, more than words could express. If he wasn’t at the dog park he could be found hiking, mountain biking, rollerblading or swimming off the coast of Prince Edward Island, where he spent many a summer at the family cabin. He was a longtime fan of the Grateful Dead and the New York Rangers. His cheesy feel-good memes that he posted every morning and every night brightened the lives of many people on his personal Facebook page and his Westies dog lovers’ group, which had over 30,000 followers. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and colleagues.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home, Middletown, NY
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