Gary H. Gatzen, 74, of Newington, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014 surrounded by his loved ones. He was the son of Herman (Hy) and Anne Gatzen who preceded him in death. As a young man, Gary spent much of his time building and racing cars with his brothers, cousins and friends. He grew up with a passion for tools, machines, golf and gadgets of all kinds. As a businessman he enjoyed all the relationships he made. While Gary loved cars and gadgets, his greatest joy came in spending time with his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Elizabeth, son and daughter-in-law Grant and Julie Gatzen, daughter, son-in-law and two adored grandchildren Rebecca, Danny, Ryan (3) and Sara Ribeiro (1), brothers and sisters-in-law Bernard and Patricia Gatzen and Robert and Jo-Ann Gatzen. He is also survived by nieces Amy Hird and Joli Goodwin and their families as well as many close cousins and friends. Gary was a unique and amazing man, whose zest for life, selflessness and genuine interest in others etched a mark on the hearts of all those that he encountered. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Temple Sinai of Newington at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.