Gary Lowell Alderman
May 22, 1948-February 8, 2022
Gary Lowell Alderman age 73 from Chesterfield, Va. took his final journey on 2/8/2022 to the Rainbow Bridge where he met his faithful canine companion, Shotgun, to play fetch again.
Gary was predeceased by his parents Pearlie (Wimmer) and Wayne Alderman from Roanoke, Va. He is survived by his significant other, Sue Bennett, from Chesterfield; Sybil Barrett, niece; Griffin Barrett Lewis, great nephew; Melanie Burnette, cousin; and Matthew Burnette, second cousin; all from Roanoke, Va. and many friends who through his life Gary made family.
Gary served his country from 1968-1971 in the Air Force as a Sargent stationed in Libya and England as an ammunition specialist.
Before retirement Gary taught in numerous schools in the state of Va. Most recently he taught English and Art at Jackson Feild Home in Jarrett, Va.
His passion in retirement was painting. Several of his works were entered in the Chesterfield County Fair which earned him first place and Best in Show ribbons.
A Celebration of Life Party will be planned for the spring. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Crater Road Hospice, Petersburg, Va. and Chesterfield County Animal Services.
Gary may be physically departed from the earth but his love, kindness, sincerity, and compassion for all living things will live on in all who knew him. Rest in Peace my love and we will carry on for you. You will live in our hearts forever.
Gary my dear buddy, Even though we met 5 years ago here in San Miguel De Allende I immediately new I had a good friend for life. We were on the same page in our culinary tastes, Tequilas and Certainly your political stance. I enjoyed your bantering with the opposition’s view with humor and facts. You were not to be outdone. Your love of animals was bar none. I will certainly miss our daily breakfast routine and park bench sitting enjoying the beautiful sights in SMA. Vaya con Dios Amigo. Happy Trails. You are certainly missed amongst us here.
I remember the first time I met Gary. I was interviewing for a job at Jackson Feild. Gary wasn’t interviewing me but we would be working closely together if I got the job. We talked about a lot of things for more than an hour. I felt right away like we had known each other forever. We did end up working together for several years and I became good friends with both Gary and Sue. I was honored for Gary to agree to be a groomsman in my wedding. It meant a lot to have him as my friend to be a part of such a meaningful moment in my life. I will miss our times together but will remember and value the time we had as friends.
My deepest sympathy for Sue and family! You’re in my prayers during this time.
I met Gary through Jeremy early on when Jeremy and I first started dating. I loved that he loved animals and he was funny. I’m glad that Jeremy had such good friends in Gary and Sue. He was so much fun to have in our wedding party and made our day so special. We will miss him so much. We’re praying for you Sue and love you!
We met Gary about 5 years ago. In those 5 years Gary had become one of the best neighbors anybody could ask for. He would always come over and show off his paintings and invite us over for tequila shots and his famous sangria. He was such a loving soul and really had a soft spot for animals. He would always make time to stop in the yard and play with our dogs just like they were his own. Gary will truly be missed by many but we are so grateful we were able to spend the time with him that we did and make the memories that we did. Stay out of trouble up there and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. You will forever be in our thoughts, Gary. Love, Cory, Lindsey, and Levi.