Ira “Buddy” Gartrell

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Rochester NY:  Ira (Buddy) Henry Gartrell was born November 9, 1950, in Florence, South Carolina to the late Mary Barnes Love and Nathaniel Gartrell. He departed this life on May 13, 2016 at Strong Memorial Hospital, with his family by his side.
Ira was predeceased by his parents, Mother, Mary Barnes Love and Father Nathaniel Gartrell. He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth Gartrell; daughters, Chennita Gartrell and Alecia Gartrell; son Cory (Mary) Gartrell; brother, Willie (Betty) Gartrell; nephew, Darien Gartrell; Niece, Kemia Gartrell; uncle, Sonny (Gertrude) Barnes; cousin, Nelda Barnes and a host of other relatives he loved so much.
Ira entered the US Navy in 1972 and he served his country during the Vietnam Era.  After his time in the military, he and his wife, Elizabeth, settled in Rochester, NY to raised their family. He worked at Kodak as a security guard. He was also a long time truck driver which allowed him to travel nationally.  In addition, Ira was co-owner of Gartrell-Love Construction and paved some of the of the roads and walkways we all use today. He had a passion for travel, reading, history, and he loved to reminisce.
Ira enjoyed his time overseas especially because he was able to travel, see different places, and experience different cultures.  Naples, Italy and Amsterdam were some of the favorite places he visited. Naples because he loved the food and Amsterdam because of its diversity.
As much as he loved traveling, he loved home the most because home was where his family was. He was so proud of all of his children. He boasted all the time about them and was so proud to be their dad. Upon meeting Ira, he would always have a story to tell highlighting the accomplishments of his children.  He was a loving father and husband. Where you would see Elizabeth, you would see Ira. They were best friends to the end.
Ira’s Visitation will be held Friday, May 20th 10 A.M. – 12 Noon at Riverside Cemetery, Chapel of Peace, 2650 Lake Avenue.  His Funeral Service with Military Honors will be held following visitation at 12 Noon.  Interment held privately.

4 Condolences

  1. Jonathan King-Cretot on May 17, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Gartrell Family,

    We have known each other for over 20 years. During this time I witness how much Mr. Gartrell loved life and his family. Thank you for allow on me to walk parts of this journey with you. Fabrice and I send our love, and support during this difficult time. G-d bless you all.

    Fabrice & Jonathan King-Cretot

  2. Teron Lewis on May 17, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    It is with a heavy heart that I say unequivocally, that Mr. Gartrell’s passing shall be felt by many that he touched throughout his life. He was always a joy to talk to. His smile, laughter and exuberant words were infectious and gave me such an encouraging feeling through times of struggle. He was always supportive, not only for me but for my son. He was like a grandfather to Malachi, and was there when we both needed him. He was loved and cherished…for which will ring forever in our hearts. To the Gartrell family, Mrs. Gartrell, Nita, Corey and Lisa, it’s o.k. to mourn his passing; but know his life and his influence shall be celebrated and even now angels have their wings around him. My sympathies to you all.
    Teron Lewis

  3. Jolonda Dennis on May 17, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Gartrell Family,

    May the memories of the man who loved you warm your hearts forevermore. And may his smile fill your vision and make you smile. May the peace of God remind you that sorrow doesn’t last forever and may God’s love give you hope for more love in the future.

  4. The Colquitt Family on May 19, 2016 at 1:53 am

    To the Family of Mr. Gartrell: I read of your loss, and I would like to extend my condolences. When you lose someone so loved and needed, no one knows how you feel, only that we may understand. May your hearts find comfort in God’s wonderful promises for the near future (Isaiah 33:24; John 5:25,28), and be strengthened by your cherished memories of Mr. Gartrell. My sincere condolences to all of you.

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