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Gary R Linehan

November 08, 1955 - April 20, 2022


Obituary For Gary R Linehan

Gary R. Linehan, 66, of Peabody, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, April 20th at the Lahey Clinic in Peabody. He was the beloved husband of Elaine (Sanger) Linehan with whom he shared over 35 years of marriage.

Born in Salem, he was the son of the late William and Alice (McCarthy) Linehan. He was a lifelong resident of Peabody and a graduate of Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, class of 1973.

Gary was employed for over 30 years with the United States Postal Service, first as a letter carrier and later as a manager for both the Saugus and Lynn branches before he retired.

Gary was a tremendous athlete and excelled playing baseball, basketball, tennis, and several other recreational sports. Outside of his own athletic career, Gary was a pillar in the Peabody youth sports community as both a coach and official. He had his fondest memories coaching his two sons and their closest friends from a very early age. Subsequent to his sons’ high school careers, Gary served as the Peabody High School pitching coach for ten years. Gary is a member of Peabody High School Athletic Hall of Fame and served on the Hall of Fame committee. He also enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas and Aruba with his family.

Along with his loving wife, Gary is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, Brad and Amelia Linehan, Marc and Emily Linehan, his four beloved grandchildren, Mason, Riley, Chase, and Rory, his brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Sue Linehan, Jeff and Susan Linehan, and James and Kathy Linehan, his mother-in-law, Sandra Sanger, his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Carl and Val Sanger and Ric and Donna Gaudet, and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Kathleen Linehan, and father-in-law, Allan Sanger.

Following cremation, visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, April 27th at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St, Peabody from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM followed by his Funeral Service at 12:00 PM at the funeral home to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226 or to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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  • 05/06/2022

    My condolences to the family of Gary Linehan! I have known Gary since the 4th grade at the Center School and a fellow 1973 PVMHS Graduate! He was a presence in Peabody High School sports! May his memory be eternal! RIP!

  • 04/28/2022

    Gary was four (4) years ahead of me at PVMHS. He was a legend, and so very sorry Elaine and family for your loss.

  • 04/27/2022

    Billy, Jimmy, Jeff and all the Linehan Family, please accept my sincere condolence during this time of Gary's passing. We have all gone our separate ways in life but my memories still remain throughout the all the years. Memories of Gary and the Tanners Court Gang playing all the sports we played growing up. Memories that will stand the test of time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  • 04/27/2022

    Our son David was a pitcher for Peabody High School. Gary coached him through his junior and senior year. The word "coach" encumbered so many meanings when Gary became a part of his life. Gary not only taught the art of pitching, he embodied sportsmanship, team playing, confidence, passion, fairness, truth and trust. He made a profound impression on our son throughout his years at Peabody High School Baseball. We, his parents were so thankful for Gary's indelible mark that was left on our son. Gary's memory will be eternal in our hearts. On behalf of the Apostolides Family, we wish the family of Gary Linehan peace and comfort in the days ahead. He will be profoundly missed.

  • 04/27/2022

    To the entire Linehan family-I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Gary. He was always such a kind person. I have lot of memories growing up with the family in the Emerson Park area. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Ann (Cahill) O'Gara

  • 04/26/2022

    Elaine, I'm so very sorry to hear about Gary. I have many good memories of him refereeing our PHS basketball games. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • 04/26/2022

    Dear Elaine, Brad, Marc and all of the Linehan family, we are so sorry for your loss. He adored his family. He was a sports legend in Peabody and touched the lives of so many young athletes. He was, also, an outstanding basketball referee and made me a better coach. It was also an honor to work with him on the Hall of Fame Commitee. Gary will be greatly missed. Sending our love and heartfelt sympathy to all. Jane and Bob Heil

  • 04/26/2022

    Elaine, Brad, Marc & Family, we are so sorry to hear of this tragic news. Gary was one the best people to run into around town. You never left a conversation with him without a smile on your face. Gary was one of Tom's favorite baseball coaches in high school. He will be missed. Sending love and prayers during this difficult time. With love, Katie Brunelle & Tom Burns.

  • 04/25/2022

    Billy and all the Linehan family, my sincere condolences. Gary like all the family was one of the really good guys and will be missed by all who were lucky enough to come in contact with him. I remember what an athlete he was as well as such a nice person. His memories will help you all through this difficult time. Mike Kravchuk

  • 04/25/2022

    Elaine and family, So sorry to hear of Gary's passing, he was a kind man and true gentleman, may he RIP. Kevin and Debbie Johnson

  • 04/25/2022

    Elaine, Brad, and Marc – we are crushed at Gary's passing, and heartbroken for you. The special memories we Doonans have of Gary are seemingly endless. Being neighbors with him and you three on Allen Road Extension; the constant whiffleball games in your backyard or at the top of the cul-de-sac; our kids being coached by him for years in baseball and basketball and learning the meaning of teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play; his genuine happiness when a kid he coached attained success in or out of athletics; my being honored to serve as his assistant Little League coach; years of carpooling to the South School and Higgins. Gary has left an indelible mark on us as a family, and we are all better for having known him. We will miss him. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the entire Linehan family. Sincerely, the Doonans (George, Mary, Patrick, Christine, and Gregory)

  • 04/25/2022

    Dear Elaine, I am so sorry to hear about Gary's passing. He was an enthusiastic person who loved his family and life in general. You were the most precious thing in his life. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Linda and Steve Cornell

  • 04/25/2022

    We are so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. He was a wonderful coach and role model to so many young men in our community whose lives are more enriched as human beings for having the privilege of knowing him. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace. - The Gustin family

  • 04/24/2022

    Elaine, Brad, Marc and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of Gary at family parties on Emerson St. I'll never forget our Disney trip and the jam packed mini van ride trying to get out of the thunder storm at Blizzard Beach. I loved listening to all the funny stories about all your adventures. He always had a big smile on his face, kind words and was just such a great guy. He had a way of making everyone feel like they were one of his closest friends. I hope your memories bring you comfort in the days to come. Peabody lost one of it's finest. Rest In Peace Gary. Debbie Selinger

  • 04/24/2022

    I was shocked to hear about Gary. He was my supervisor when I was a park instructor, my oldest son's basketball and baseball coach and my youngest son's pitching coach in high school. I still use his quote, " It's what you do when nobody watching that makes a difference". A true Peabody legend, who made a difference in many lives. Paul Ruotolo

  • 04/24/2022

    Elaine, Brad, and Marc , I am so sorry for your loss. Gary always had a big smile and a kind word whenever I saw him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • 04/24/2022

    Elaine, Brad, Marc, and the entire Linehan family, I am so sorry for your loss. Gary was one of the friendliest people I have ever met. He always made a point to talk to me and ask about my kids whenever I saw him. He had a positive impact on so many young athletes. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • 04/24/2022

    Elaine, Brad and Marc we are so very sorry for your loss we will always remember Gary for that great big smile and a kind word for everyone.

  • 04/24/2022

    Elaine, Brad, Marc, & family, I was so sad to hear of Gary's passing. I think of him always smiling & laughing. I fondly remember seeing him working out at the Y, sharing funny tips about Aruba & Vegas trips, and referring to me & Amy as his 'nieces.' My mother in law even met him over the past year or so at McArthur where my little one would play with the grandkids. We always felt like family. We will miss his presence throughout Peabody. Sending my love & prayers- Kara Soteropoulos VanSlyke & Family

  • 04/24/2022

    Dear Elaine, Brad, Marc and all of the Linehan family, I was heartbroken to hear of Gary's passing. He is a pillar in the PHS Athletic community and we were blessed to have him as an integral part of the Hall of Fame committee for all these years, he will be sorely missed. Please know how sorry Paul and I are for your loss and know that you are in our hearts and prayers during this very difficult time. With love, Jeannie and Paul (Hallinan) Johnson

  • 04/24/2022

    Elaine, so sorry to read about Gary. He was such a PROUD grandpa when I would see him at the park w you & your grandkids. Sending you lots of hugs. May he Rest In Peace. Christine (Pettipas) Boles & Family

  • 04/24/2022

    I`m sorry to hear about the passing of Gary. I`ve known him for many years but not as a close friend but an acquaintance. He always had a big smile and a friendly greeting whenever would run into each other. He comes from a great family in Peabody and will be missed by many.. My condolences to his whole Family. May he Rest in Peace !!

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