GARRY A. FLEMING 1941-2015 MADISON, Wis.
— Garry A. Fleming, 73, died April 21, 2015. Garry was born April 29,1941, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Allen F. Fleming and Dorthy L. (Summers) Fleming. He attended grade school in Cincinnati, before moving to Galesburg with his parents.
He attended Lombard Junior High, playing basketball, football and running track. At Lombard, he was an honor roll student, and became the first African-American president of the Student Council. He attended Galesburg High School where he played sports and excelled in academics, graduating in 1959.
Garry went next to Knox College on a scholarship while simultaneously serving as director of Carver Center. In 1967, Garry moved to Beloit, Wisconsin, to become executive director of the anti-poverty program for Rock County. He met and married Lutecia Bicchieri there, and later moved to Madison and entered the University of Wisconsin.
While at Madison, Garry taught diversified social understanding to police and correctional officers.
He went on to attend the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. Garry worked with social programs in both cities while furthering his education, and somehow managed to take online courses from other schools.
Garry was well known for his constant pursuit of knowledge, believing the problems of mankind could be resolved through education and its various disciplines. He was a music lover 'particularly the Blues genre' of which he had vast knowledge of its history and its foundational artist.
Garry was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents and stepfather, John M. Lovelace; 12 aunts and two uncles.
He leaves behind a half-sister, Alana Brooks of Durham, North Carolina; a cousin (adopted brother), Greg (Cathy) Lovelace of Riverside, California; an uncle, Harold R. Fleming of Raleigh, North Carolina; three stepsons, Marco Bicchieri of Ellensburg, Washington, Leon Bicchieri of Chicago, and Pedro Bicchierri of Ellensburg, Washington; a cousin, Vicky (William) Cooper of Raleigh, North Carolina; five double first cousins, Carolyn (Fleming) Finley of Galesburg, Illinois, Paulette (Jerry) Gilmore of Geneseo, Illinois, Michael (Gail) Fleming of Galesburg, Illinois, Walter Fleming of Peoria, Illinois, and Glenn (Barbara) Fleming of Swanee, Georgia; and many maternal cousins and a large extended family and many friends.
A celebration of life will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 2015, at 156 Main in Galesburg.
Any donations are asked to be given to any humanitarian program of the donor's choice.