Chezzi, Gary

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gary Chezzi, 73, suddenly on Thursday, July 7th, 2022.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, and beloved brother, Gary will be missed by his wife Linda; his son Micheal, daughter-in-law Crystal and their sons Preston and Xavier; his oldest son Derek, daughter-in-law Angela and their children Alexander and Olivia; his sisters Lynn and Audrey and their families; and sister-in-law Verna Fuller, her husband Gus and their families.

Gary was well-known in the community for his hardware businesses and involvement in real estate, as well as within the dog breeding community in the Sudbury area and Ontario.

Throughout the years, Gary owned and managed several hardware stores under different banners in the Greater Sudbury Area. Starting in Capreol on August 1st, 1977, he then moved on to a store in Coniston, followed by Hanmer, Val Caron and Sudbury. His network reached further during his tenure as a hardware sales manager covering the Northeastern Ontario territory. He kept long hours at his stores, offering warm greetings to his customers and ready to help them solve their home repair and renovation needs.

Gary’s love of German Shepherd dogs led to his becoming a breeder and opening Nickel Basin German Shepherds in 1981. He and Linda spent many years travelling to shows across Ontario with their prize-winning dogs, and raising and placing puppies in loving homes. Gary’s involvement with the Sudbury District Kennel Club eventually led him to volunteer on the executive in his retirement years. Gary also donated his time and dogs to the local pet therapy program visiting clients of the CNIB, patients at the Children’s Treatment Centre, and residents of retirement homes.

Gary was most happy spending time working outdoors on his property, working with his dogs, and in the company of his grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or the Greater Sudbury Police Service Chief’s Youth Initiative Fund by emailing


17 Condolences

  1. To Michael, Linda and family,
    I worked with Gary for many years at Rona and unfortunately I’m only hearing about his passing almost a year later. Extremely sad for you all and those around him. He was a most unique character and I thought a lot of him. I am truly sorry for your loss have all found some sunny days since then. All the best, Dwayne

    By: Dwayne McQuade
    March 28, 2023
  2. I’m so sorry to hear this, Gary, as well as his family will be in my prayers!

    By: James Gauvreau
    July 17, 2022
  3. My condolences to the family. Gary was well liked within the dog community.
    He will be sadly missed.

    By: Paula Martel
    July 15, 2022
  4. Matante Linda, Derek and Michael,
    Uncle Gary’s presence will be greatly missed. His positivity, kindness and welcoming nature are only a few of the traits that made him such a great man. You’re all in my thoughts. My deepest condolences.

    By: Jacqueline
    July 15, 2022
  5. So very sorry for your untimely loss. Our deepest condolences to all of you. Hope you find comfort in your many memories!

    By: Gus and Verna
    July 15, 2022
  6. Linda and Mike and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He was a larger than life guy, full of energy and humour and excitement for life. There is no one like Gary, he was one of a kind and I am so grateful to have known him. I will always remember Gary with fondness and a smile.
    Thinking of you in this difficult time.

    By: Anne McNamara
    July 15, 2022
  7. Sorry for your loss Mike & family .

    By: Gerry & Cindy Wasney
    July 15, 2022
  8. Dear Linda please accept my sincere condolences..
    I will miss Gary’s post. I will cherish all our memories from growing up in Coniston, going to school together,
    and graduating together at Cambrian. Then moving on to work together for the Ministry of Revenue. So many memories .

    By: Fernand Bidal
    July 14, 2022
  9. RIP GARY,
    My deepest condolences to your family. You will be missed.
    God Bless Amen

    By: Ronnie Masciangelo
    July 14, 2022
  10. RIP Gary. Many great memories♥️

    By: Judy Fletcher
    July 14, 2022
  11. Mes condoléances à Linda et famille. Pensées et prières son avec vous tous.

    By: Louise Montpellier
    July 14, 2022
  12. Sincere condolences to Gary’s family and friends.

    By: Mike Levesque
    July 14, 2022
  13. We are sending our condolences to the family for the loss of a good man.
    Danielle and Darryl would like to be included.

    By: Ron/Carmen Girard
    July 14, 2022
  14. Sending our sympathies and prayers to Mike and all the family.

    By: Victor &Marian Bellehumeur
    July 14, 2022
  15. My sincere condolences to the Chezzi family and friends.

    By: Jason Gifford
    July 14, 2022
  16. To the Chezzi family and friends, my sincere condolences. I will miss his postings.
    A special hug to aunt Audrey.

    By: Rolly Gauthier
    July 14, 2022
  17. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Let your beautiful memories help you through this sad time.

    By: Susan and Donald Lafond
    July 14, 2022

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