Gary D. Waldman, born May 23, 1956, in Cleveland, died peacefully at his home in Danvillle, Va. on Oct. 29, 2019, after an extended illness. Gary was the son of the late Sid and Mae (nee Hamburger) Waldman. He is survived by his wife, Debra Bird Waldman and their three children, Brian Waldman of Greensboro, N.C.; Craig Waldman of Morehead City, N.C.; and Stephanie Waldman of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Gary grew up in South Euclid, where he graduated from Brush High School. A talented athlete, Gary attended Arizona State University on a gymnastics scholarship and later graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Gary was a certified public accountant and served until his passing as chief financial officer and treasurer of the Danville Regional Foundation. Through his work at the foundation, Gary was able to give back to the community that he had called home for almost 30 years. He started his career at Peat Marwick Mitchell (KPMG) in Cleveland and in 1990 moved to Danville to work for Dan River Inc. He also held senior financial positions at Alpha Natural Resources and Pike Electric Corporation.
A former member of the Danville Golf Club, Gary enjoyed golf and later in life became an avid long-distance runner, completing six marathons and numerous half marathons. Gary also enjoyed listening to and playing blues music on acoustical and electric guitar. A hobby that he pursued for the last several years, he connected with many friends and an online community across the country.
In addition to his immediate family, Gary is survived by his sisters, Cyndie (Phil) O’Bryon of Shaker Heights and Shelly (Hardy) Adasko of Brooklyn, N.Y.; his in-laws, Ray and Nancy Bird of Overland Park, Kan.; brother-in-law, Dan (Michelle) Bird of Overland Park, Kan.; nieces, Margaret (Chris) Shore of South Salem, N.Y., Katherine O’Bryon of New Orleans and Jessica (Jason) Hanna of Kansas City, Mo.; nephews, Michael Adasko of New Orleans and Matt (Nicole) O’Bryon of Shaker Heights; as well as three great-nieces and two great-nephews.
A memorial service and burial will be held Nov. 1 in Danville.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Danville-Pittsylvania Cancer Association, 223 Riverview Drive, Suite J, Danville, VA 24541, or charity of choice.