Dr. Gary W. Farmer died Sept. 16, 2020. He was born and raised in Minneapolis until his mid- to late teens. His father was very, very tired of the snow, so his parents moved to Miami. Nice there if you like palm trees and don’t mind palmetto beetles. Thanks to his mother, Gary was able to do four years of college at the University of Miami, earning a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a another in psychology. Best course of all time was comparative anatomy. It still amazed him that so many "ancient" animals shared similar anatomical features with humans.

On arriving at the student union at the University of Miami in 1956, Gary was greeted by nice young men passing out free packs of cigarettes.

Think "live by the sword, die by the sword"; truer words have seldom been spoken.

Gary focused on his academic career from 1960 to1964, culminating in his medical degree. The government and Department of the Army conducted a "doctor draft" from 1965 to 1967 during the Vietnam War. His internship and medical residency took place during 1964-1965 and 1967-1969. Gary’s other academic highlight was a two-year fellowship in gastroenterology at UCLA that followed from 1969 to 1971. He was in private practice of internal medicine and GI from 1971 to 1994 and then moved to Maine to practice gastroenterology until a few years ago. He really enjoyed the patient care and endoscopic procedures.

His parents, Wesley R. Farmer and Lima E. Farmer, lived long lives and passed away a few years ago.

Gary leaves behind his loving wife of over 35 years, Linda. She will be left to deal with Trump and COVID, which will keep her anxiety levels appropriately elevated. He also leaves behind his brother, Steven, who lives with his wife in Floral City, Fla.

Dr. Farmer greatly appreciated the friendships and support of his patients, family and friends.

There will be no services or need for flowers or other remembrances.

Enjoy your lives, do good work, and vote!

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at ripostafh.com.