Gary Nigro, 68, of Minerva, died Wed., Oct. 31, 2012, in Aultman Hospital.
He was born Aug. 4, 1944, in Canton to the late James and Irene (Garbett) Nigro.
He retired in 1996 from Minerva Local Schools, where he taught in the high school for 33 years and was the golf coach for 17 years. He graduated from Minerva High School in 1962, and received his bachelor's in education from Bowling Green and his master's in education from Ashland University.
He was a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Minerva, the Minerva Local Education Assoc., and National Education Association and was inducted into the Minerva Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. An avid sports fan for many years, he followed the Dallas Cowboys and Mount Union Purple Raiders and loved riding his Harley Davidson.
He is survived by his wife, Vickie (Stratton) Nigro, whom he married March 15, 1963; a daughter, Tracie Nigro of Minerva; and two sons, Gary (Megan) Nigro II of Louisville and Chad (Misty) Nigro of Naples, Fla.; and a sister, Freda Speakman of Minerva; eight grandchildren, Torie, Lucas, Cole, Elisa, Hayden, Audrey, Alexis and Camden; and his favorite pet dogs, Sophie and Maggie. He is preceded in death by son-in-law, Ray Oyer, and brother-in-law, Kenny Speakman.
Following cremation, a Mass of the Christian burial took place Nov. 6 in St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Minerva with Fr. Victor Cinson as celebrant. Memorial donations may be made to the Aultman Foundation for Cancer Research, Attn: Lee Kenney at 2600 Sixth St. SW., Canton, OH 44710. Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Those wishing to send condolences may sign the online register at www.gotschallfuneralhome.com.