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Gary Lee Keyes of Farmington, NY, the Mayor of Mertensia Rd., died Saturday March 30, 2024 at Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, NY. He was 81 years old.

Gary was born September 15, 1942 to Ruth A. Keyes and Kenneth W. Keyes in Rochester, NY. He graduated from Victor High School on June 26, 1961 where he participated in student council, the track team, the conference champion football team, and was president of the Future Farmers of America club. On June 14, 1963 he graduated from the Spring Garden Institute in Philadelphia, PA with a two year degree in automotive engineering. On April 15, 1964 he joined the United States Army and served as a turret mechanic in the 33rd Armor Division for two years. After the army he worked briefly for The Gleason Works in Rochester, NY. He married Linda Pringle on November 23, 1971 and opened G. L. Keyes Inc., a small engine, power sports, and bicycle shop, in 1972. In 1974 his first son Aric was born followed by Jason in 1977. Gary and Linda divorced in 1985. He began a relationship with Marilyn Garnsey in 2001 that continued the rest of his life. In 1999 he closed G. L. Keyes Inc. to care for his aging mother.

He continued to be of service to the community through a million good deeds to anyone in need. His house was always open to anyone who wanted to stop by for a cup of coffee and friendly conversation. Gary loved to laugh, whether at a good joke or a grandchild covered in spaghetti. He was tickled by life and helped others around him see the joy and humor in it. To Gary, everyone was “a good egg”.

He is survived, and greatly missed, by his two sons, Jason Keyes of Austin, TX, Aric Keyes of Fairport, NY; daughter-in-law Pamela Keyes; two grandsons, Gabriel and Wesley Keyes; and two granddaughters, Lena Korman-Keyes and Beatrice Keyes.

Family and friends are invited to call on FRIDAY, April 12, from 4-7PM at Miller Funeral and Cremation Services of Victor. Burial will be at the Boughton Hill Cemetery in Victor, NY.

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