Gary S. Amato

September 13, 1952 - February 19, 2021
Gary S. Amato

Gary S. Amato, age 68, passed away suddenly at home on Friday, February 19, 2021.  Born in Salem, Ohio, on September 13, 1952, he was the son of the late Matthew S. and Helen Virginia (Hudson) Amato and had lived his entire life in this area.  He was a graduate of Beaver Local High School, Class of 1970, and The Stark Tech Fire Service Training Center where he received an Associate Degree in Fire Science. Gary had last worked in Maintenance with the Ohio Turnpike Commission retiring in 2011. He was a Veteran with the U.S. Air Force where he was a Fire Protection Specialist and Fire Service Supervisor

Gary was committed to his community. He was a lifelong member of the West Point Fire Department, the Tri-Angle Ham Radio Club (KB8HTU), the Columbiana County Emergency Management SkyWarn System, an Air Force Mars Operator, and Sky One. He also helped with communications for Columbiana County and the Field Operations for the EMA nuclear drills.

He became very active with his church, the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and its Vacation Bible School.

Gary is survived by his wife, Marie (Wooten) Amato, who he married on March 21, 1973. His son, Rick Amato and his wife, Amanda, of West Point, his daughter, Danielle Harmon and her fiance, Chris Earnest, of Moundsville, WV. Four grandchildren:Thomas Harmon III, Autumn Harmon, Madison Amato, and Annmarie Amato. Two brothers: Rick Amato of Wellsville and Joseph Amato and his wife, Phyllis, of Canton, Ohio, and a sister, Marie Gang, also of Canton and many nieces and nephews.  Other survivors include special friends: Jim Pitcairn, Jack Deshler, Charlie Hatmaker, Fred Conti, Ron and Vicki Phillips, Chris Reese, Thomas Harmon II and all the gang at Sweet Deli. 

Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 25, 2021, at the Martin Chapel of the Care Funeral and Cremation Specialist with Pastor Jim Rhodes of the church officiating.  Burial will follow in the Columbiana Co. Memorial Park with Military honors offered by the Tri-State Burial Group.

Friends may call and visit on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at the Martin Chapel in Calcutta. Due to Covid 19, all visitors are required to maintain social distancing and wear masks at all times.

Friends may view this obituary, sign the guestbook, or send condolences on line at carechapel.com.


Service

Thursday, February 25, 2021
11:00 AM

Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists – Martin Chapel - Directions
15872 St. Clair Ave
East Liverpool, OH 43920
3303820600

Burial

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Columbiana County Memorial Park Cemetery - Directions
Irish Ridge Road
East Liverpool, Ohio 43920

Visitation

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
2:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists – Martin Chapel - Directions
15872 St. Clair Ave
East Liverpool, OH 43920
3303820600

Visitation

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
6:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists – Martin Chapel - Directions
15872 St. Clair Ave
East Liverpool, OH 43920
3303820600

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  • February 24, 2021
    JoAnn and Bruce Clayton says:
    Marie, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. You and your family our in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  • February 22, 2021
    Kathy Hancock cooper says:
    May god wrap you in his arms And fly high with the angels.. sending prayers to the family during this very sad time.. Gary will be sadly missed ..

  • February 22, 2021
    Johnny Wallace says:
    Gary I’ll always remember our tailboard days. You were a great firefighter and friend. Condolences to the Amato family, God has is outreached arms around him.

  • February 22, 2021
    William Bennett says:
    To my friend of many years, through Fire Department and Amateur Radio times, you were always there, there are no words to describe the loss but at the same time the thrill that I had the privilege of getting to know you and become friends, you always kept us laughing. I have to believe that if you were look up Larger Than Life, there would be a photo and description of you. Prayers to your family and friends. Rest in Peace my friend, we will talk again.

  • February 22, 2021
    Don Buzzard says:
    My deepest condolence Marie.It was always a pleasure to see you both.I will miss him