In Memory

Gary Ravani

Gary Ravani

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12/02/17 05:47 PM #1    

Sandy McKean

Gary and I were very close during grade school. He was the one person I went out of my way to "look up" when I came down for the reunion in 2013. We met in Petaluma for lunch a few days before the reunion. I hadn't seen him in decades. I remember having a wonderful day that day since I decided to drive my brother's (Warren) convertible past Samuel Taylor Park, Tomalas Bay, and on the back roads into Petamula (I was in a nostalgic mood....re-visiting old haunts) ending up in that fun lunch with Gary. The weather was typical "Marin Perfect". We talked about everything.....as if no time had past since we last BS'd together (which we did a lot of in the olde days). He was so together, happy, and seemingly healthy. Another pillar of my early life is now gone.

Unlike many of us Redwood63 grads who have died, Gary didn't go of normal aging, he had an acute attack of Acute Pancreatitis (according to his obituary). I just did a little research and discovered that only 20% of pancreatitis cases are acute, and only 20% of those result in death. So Gary rolled snake eyes on this one. Clearly he will be missed by his family and friends.....also acutely. Though I didn't know him these last 50+ years, I still feel that I do. Gary had an amazing mind....very inventive......an "outside the 9 dots" kind of mind. I some strange way I shall miss him; thankfully I'll have the memory of the lunch on that bright sunny day in Petaluma.


12/03/17 06:06 AM #2    

Gordon Brown

Rest in peace Gary.  Your smile and enthusiasm wii always be with us,


12/03/17 08:27 AM #3    

Alan Brainerd

I was able to spend time with Gary at the 50th reunion, sharing our common experiences in public education.  Losing him is sad and sobering.


12/04/17 08:18 AM #4    

Elizabeth "Betsy" Winter/Anderson (Anderson)

Gary was always open and friendly. I'm glad he remained that way throughout his life. Excellent that he was able to share that quality as a teacher. 


12/04/17 08:20 AM #5    

Elizabeth "Betsy" Winter/Anderson (Anderson)

Gary was always open and friendly. I'm glad he remained that way throughout his life. Excellent that he was able to share that quality as a teacher. 


12/05/17 12:19 PM #6    

Ada Wiklund (Holloway)

I have wonderful memories of being in school with Gary.  I moved to Auburn at the start of my senior year and missed the final year with all my Redwood Friends.  We moved to Kentfield when I was in 3rd or 4th grade, so it was a long time we were there.  I saw Gary a few years after high school; it was when I was in Marin and a total accident that I saw him.  He immediately had a ready smile and we had a brief conversation.  We will all miss this great guy!!


12/05/17 02:19 PM #7    

Bev Breithaupt (McCallister)

Gary was a grade school and high school classmate. He wqas also a neighboir and our parents were great

friends. I had not seen him in along while but I remember he was very polite and kind.  I always thought his parents taught him great manners.  He always opened the car door for me and never failed to say hello when he saw  me at school. We both went on to become teachers in different school districts. My sympathy to his brother Daryl and his wife and sons, His life was cut short when he still had much to give back to the world.

Bev Breithaupt Mc Callistert


12/16/17 05:32 AM #8    

Edward (Jeff) Garrison

Gary was one of the good guys in high school".  Not a pretentious and snotty teenager.  He was a straightforward, honest kid, with a dry sense of humour.   Rest in peace.


12/17/17 09:33 AM #9    

Phil Weil

What a wonderful leader and uniter of teacher groups in Petaluma.  Gary brought his intelligence and hard work to bear on improving the lives of students and teachers in the Petaluma District.  Teachers like Mr. Blake would be proud of him -- and so should we. 

Phil Weil


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