Gary Lloyd Eddy
Gary Lloyd Eddy, age 66, unexpectedly walked into the forest at home in Juneau on September 20, 2016. Gary was Eagle/Wolf of the Yanyeidi Clan of the Taku Tlingit People. His Tlingit name was Kegaan.
Gary was born on June 25, 1950 in Juneau. He graduated from Sitka High School, earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology master’s program in project management. Right after MIT, he worked for the U.S. Public Health Service, Environmental Health Branch, Construction Section. He was very proud and passionate on working to eliminate the use of honey buckets in numerous small remote rural communities by working on the water and sewer systems including Noatak, Kotzebue, Nome, Kake, Kasaan, Klawock, Craig, Nikolai, and Emmonak (where he met his wife Bernadette). He also worked in Saxman, Sitka, Anchorage, and Juneau, where he retired from the State of Alaska Department of Transportation on August 1, 2016.
He enjoyed fishing and entering the Sitka, Ketchikan, and Juneau salmon derbies with family and friends; berry picking, putting up and cooking fish; especially his own deep fried halibut and watching and talking with friends about football, baseball games, and current political issues.
Gary served on the Shee Atika Incorporated board including being chairman of the board. The current President of the Board of Shee Atika Incorporated, Ken Cameron stated, “I served with Gary on the Shee Atika Board in the 1980’s and found him passionate about the things and issues he cared about.”
Gary is survived by his wife Bernadette, and daughter Tammy of Juneau, son Christopher and Laura of Portland, Oregon, and daughter Erin Eddy and Billy Weis of Ketchikan; sisters Karen Eddy of Fairbanks, Francine and Laird Jones, and Kitty Eddy of Juneau, Nancy Douglas and Ed Young of Sitka, brother Rocky and Patty Eddy of Juneau, nine grandchildren, Holly, Dean, Lilly, Shawn, Gwendolynn, Anna, Emilie, Zachary, Tyler, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his daughter Hatty Eddy, parents Francis and Florence Eddy, uncles Lloyd and Andrew Sutton, aunt Irene Roberts, and sister Shirley Dreadfulwater.
The celebration of life for Gary was held on Saturday, September 24 at the Juneau Tlingit and Haida Community Council Center.
Interment was on Monday, September 26 at Alaskan Memorial Park