Gary J. Waters

April 20, 1953 - March 26, 2024

Visitation: Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 2-8 p.m.; Devlin Funeral Home, Inc., Ross Twp.

Service: Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, April 4, 2024, 10:00 a.m.; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, St. Sebastian Church. Everyone please meet at Church.


Gary J. Waters, age 70, of Ross Township, passed away Tuesday, March 26th after a long fought battle with cancer. Gary was born April 20, 1953 to the late Edward and Rosemary (Ellermeyer) Waters. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law Sharon Waters and nephew Joshua Kidd. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 37 years, Tami J. (Berneburg) Waters; his caring children, Courtney (Jason) Bologna, Samantha (Andrew) Bachman, Jack (Jamie) Waters; granddaughter Hannah Bologna, with a second grandchild on the way; siblings Ed Waters, Greg (Carol) Waters, Brad Waters, Jerry (Ann) Waters, and Dana (Mike) Dreczka; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gary proudly served as a Patrolman, Detective, and Lieutenant for Ross Township Police for 34 years. He graduated from North Hills High School and Youngstown State University, and was a lifelong member of St. Sebastian parish. He enjoyed playing golf, hunting and fishing with his son, spending time with family, vacationing at Smith Mountain Lake, and cheering on Pittsburgh sports.

Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 from 2-8 pm at Devlin Funeral Home, 806 Perry Hwy., North Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, St. Sebastian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Gary’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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  • Greg Kovalchick

    Tami and Family, I learned yesterday that Gary had passed on, while playing keno next to the machine he always sat on while playing at the Rivers Casino. I spoke with him many times about his conditions and his tremendous fight with a disease that killed my father quickly. The last time I spoke with him, he recanted that his cancer had returned and how exhausted he was, but you’d never know it. He was always impeccably dressed and we always spoke about what he was goining through over the years. He certainly was a fighter and after many years of playing quarter keno he finally hit a jackpot I believe in October ….he was ecstatic!!!! Someone came up to me yesterday and told me he had passed. God Bless Gary and all of you…..I enjoyed his company.

  • Helen [Sutter] Turkalj

    I didn’t know about this until today. I’m pretty out-of-the-loop, so my apologies. I knew Gary very well, back in the day. So sorry to hear of his struggle and loss. Knew Greg even better, so I extend my sympathies to all the family!

  • Ted J Zobb

    To Tami, extended family, and friends.

    I just today found out about the loss of Gary. My deepest condolences as I know Gary will be genuinely missed.

    As another person commented, many of us hung out together in the 80’s and then as in most cases people move in different directions. I’ll always remember Gary’s unique sense of humor and his dedication to family and the community.

    We know that he is in the Hands of our Lord God now and we will all get to see him again when it’s our turn to leave this world.

  • Tom Smyers Jr

    We were very sad to hear of Gary’s passing.He was a great friend and an inspiration to all of us. I can still picture us hanging out between football practices at St. Sebastian’s enjoying our 15 cent McDonald hamburgers. Rest in peace, Tom and Olga Smyers.

  • Robert Wilson

    So sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many. Those of of who were fortunate to have known him, will always carry with us his memory.

  • Kathy and Dan Haefele

    Jack and Jamie,

    Sending you and your Family our Sympathy.

    Josh’s Parents

  • Sue Suhy

    Dear Tami, I’m so sorry to learn of Gary’s passing. I had the pleasure of meeting you both in the 80’s and will always remember Gary as a man of character and integrity! My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family.

  • Kim Steele

    List another part of the Trio…. Walter’s, Waters and Watkins… we navigated NHHS together. Tami my deepest sympathies for your tremendous loss. The world was a better place with Gary! Thank you for sharing him with us all. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Don Lapinski

    So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing, I have wonderful childhood memories growing up across the street from him . Gary and his family were good friends and neighbors, he will be missed by the whole community.

  • Ian Hough

    Gary, I remember so well you and Rona comparing, many years ago, the various Rheumatoid lumps and bumps on your joints……while grasping beers!!!! And laughing!!
    You have fought so tenaciously through much more than most can imagine.
    Only sorry we did not manage another beer as planned on Thursday.
    To Tami, Courtney, Samantha, Jack, all your family and huge circle of friends who knew you so well, they will always be able to reflect on all the good times they enjoyed and shared with you. Your photograph with your twinkle tells it all.
    Thanks Gary, you taught me much more than you could ever have realized about coping with adversity.
    Ian.

  • Christine Goss

    Dana,Brad,Greg,Jerry and Ed..My deepest sympathy on Gary’s passing. I’m so fortunate to grow up next to Gary and you all. Meant so much to me when Gary came to see my Mom when she passed of Cancer. He was such a special person and never forgot his childhood neighbors which he would stop to visit on his running along Thompson Run Rd..My prayers and Love to you all..

  • Nigel Bentley

    Rest in Peace, my friend. Thanks for the memories.

  • Margie & Ken Bly

    So sorry for your loss! North Hills will surely miss a great life long resident and staple of the community. We are all better for having known him.

  • Rosey &Greg Scarpaci

    Tammy we are so sorry for ur loss me and Greg always enjoyed Garys company
    you and family will be in our thoughts and prayers may he rest in peace. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Jim and Shirley Dahl

    Tami and family, we are so saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. We first met at Wiz’s wild parties and through the years came together In Detroit, Pittsburgh, Florida, Dallas, etc. Gary was a great person and friend and will be missed by many. We know he loved his family greatly and you have our deepest condolences.

  • Bill Glesner

    R.I.P. Gary , I was a classmate. Gary was always a good person, The last time I kind of ran into him was about 40 years ago. I had just sold a really nice muscle car ( 69- Old’s 442 ) . I decided to give it 1 more power run on Babcock . After doing a burn out & going through the gears I saw the flashing lights behind me. Ross police / Gary , He said ” Glesner ” What the Hell are you doing ? I kinda explained . God bless ya Gary !

  • Mark and Kitty Milsovic

    Jack, Tami and family,
    Mark and I wanted to share our deepest sympathies to you all in the loss of Gary. He was such a nice person and we know he will be sorely missed by all.
    Sending our love and prayers and may you all find comfort in the knowledge that you will see him again one day.

  • Michele Adams

    Dearest Tami: Words cannot begin to express my deepest sympathy in your loss of Gary, one of the kindest, funniest human as well as an an amazing friend. Bob and I were blessed to have him in our lives. He will be forever missed.

  • David Middleton

    Im sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Although he and I knew each other, his close friendship with my brother Dennis is what I relish. Although I have been away from Pgh for over 50 years, Gary’s professional services were often recognized by friends.

  • Tim McCurdy

    RIP Gary. You made so many proud with your positive fearless attitude. Gary was an inspiration to me when i was diagnosed with colon cancer a couple years after he had dealt with it. He gave me hope and shared what he had to endure to survive. He was the ultimate survivor. Not feeling sorry for himself, his concerns focused on his wonderful family. He was always there to help and serve others. Always enjoyed crossing paths with him and reminiscing. Fun guy to hang with. Condolences to all his family. I am very sorry for your loss.

  • Mary (Gray)

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Gary was a great and loving family man. Tammy my heart goes out to you all. Milts sister.Mary

  • Bill Roerink

    A longtime dear friend who was ready to fight this evil disease for a fourth time. Courage of a warrior.

  • Ron Stern

    Gary was a great human being! He served his family and community well. Had the pleasure of working with him in law enforcement. Gary you will be missed..

  • Christine Solanina

    In deepest synpathy…our hearts & prayers are with you & your family 💔💔 such a wonderful man…so glad I had the pleasure of being his friend

  • Pete Ferraro

    My deepest sympathy to the Waters family. As an ex-Commissioner I always enjoyed my many conversations with Gary over those 24 years. He was always dressed with a crisp spotless uniform and a warm smile. Very knowledgeable and did Ross proud with his service. I would see him occasionally after he retired at the Rivers casino. I will miss him. My sympathy to the family.

  • Jim Lowry

    I was blessed to be a friend of Gary’s for over 50 years. He was a great son, brother, husband and Dad. I have many great memories with Gary that I will always cherish.

  • Stephanie Berneburg

    A man who truly made you feel welcome. I will miss him.

  • Sue Stepchuk

    A dear friend, you be missed, I hope you met up with John and are both celebrating a reunion together. You were such a good friend and partner to him. May you rest in eternal peace.

  • Gary, Kerri, Jessica and Colin Neugebauer

    Sympathy and love to you all, be strong and hold each other close.

  • Kenneth Waters

    A true hero and family man! Love always

  • Chris Eyster

    Our condolences to the Waters family. Gary was one of a kind who cared deeply for his family, friends, and community. He fought for his life so that he could be around the people he loved. Truly a remarkable person.

  • Aaron & Joyce Furman

    So very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We mostly knew him from our years at the gyms, and he was a lovely kind man. Our prayers go out to Tammy and his whole family.

  • Mike Saling

    My thoughts and prayers to his family. I moved away from Pittsburgh in 1984 and my fond memories of Gary are still strong. His laugh was infectious and I was glad to call him a friend.
    RIP my friend

    Hillbilly
    Phoenix,AZ

  • Ron Yusko

    He was a real person and a friend to many of people, well respected, I used to detail his car when I worked for Larry’s Texaco, 1987 Monte Carlo SS,
    While he was a Ross Township Police officer….May he rest in Peace 🙏

  • Debi Boehm

    Tami – I am so very sorry for your loss. Gary was a wonderful person. (Jack played baseball with Matt)
    My heart, thoughts and prayers to you and your family!

  • Susan Affolder Wielechowski

    Sending prayers and love to you all.

  • Thomas weisbecker

    One of best person I knew r.i.p

  • Mike &Kim Weigand

    A great friend and an amazing police officer. Rest in Peace Gary. Our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with the family.

  • Bob Blosat

    Tami and family. My deepest condolences to you on Gary’s passing. He was an amazing person and I was honored to call him a friend. He will be greatly missed by all. I was proud to have been able to help him in his battle with cancer. He is an inspiration to all in how he courageously fought and his remarkable can do attitude. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Frank Colucci

    A dear friend that will truly be missed. I’m glad I had his friendship for so many years! His courageous battles against cancer proved how strong he was for all those years. RIP

 

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