Gary Edward Marsella ’53 was born into this world on June 7, 1931. He was the eldest son of Eddie and Oddie Marsella and the older brother of Jay Marsella. He attended Morris E. Dailey Elementary School, Hamilton Jr. High School, and graduated from Fresno High School with the Class of 1949. Gary attended SCU and UC Berkeley, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. Gary then went on to serve in the Army for two years, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. With the support of the G.I. Bill, he was off to business school at Stanford University, where he completed an MBA in finance. Mentored by his uncles, Alfred and Charlie Marsella, Gary embarked on his 43-year career as a financial advisor in 1957, when he joined them at Dean Witter in Fresno, California. In 1961, he married Barbara Erro, with whom he shared life for 57 years, until his death. They have three daughters, Mary, Anne, and Lisa, whom he treasured. The family enjoyed many years in the Sierra Nevada, skiing in the winter and hiking and sailing in the summer. One of Gary’s favorite places was Coronado, California, where he and Barbara delighted in the magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, Coronado Bridge, and the panorama of greater San Diego. They enjoyed the San Diego Opera, sailing the “Barbara J” in Glorietta Bay, and playing tennis in the perfect weather. It is no surprise that a large part of Gary’s life was dedicated to his work. Gary considered his many clients as friends. In a world of gray, his business ethics were black and white. He treated his clients with respect, kindness, and honesty. Gary felt a huge sense of responsibility to his clients, concerning himself with all aspects of their lives. He worked to create family legacies so that generations of clients would benefit from his investment expertise. His daughter, Lisa Purtell, continues Gary’s legacy. In 2002, upon retiring, Gary spent his first year researching and writing his investment book Please Don’t Feed The Bears (Your Portfolio): Investment Strategies in an Uncertain Market. Gary worked hard at every challenge he undertook, investing for clients, learning to ski as an adult, becoming a respectfully good tennis player with lots of humor and joking on the courts, and learning to sail and sink a boat. Perhaps learning to survive a house full of females was his greatest challenge, which he met with exasperation, humor, and love. In 1978, Gary joined the National Ski Patrol and volunteered as a ski patroller at China Peak until 1993. He made sure his three daughters learned to ski in all types of weather and snow conditions. Mary and Lisa even followed his lead and joined the organization as junior patrollers. A part of Gary’s life that had great importance to him was his Catholicism. When he graduated from Fresno High School, he chose SCU because he wanted to connect with the religious heritage of his Italian grandparents. After one year with the Jesuits at Santa Clara, he transferred to UC Berkeley and was baptized at the Catholic Newman Center. The transfer to Berkeley was necessary because Santa Clara had no female students at the time! Gary highly valued community and civic involvement. A past president of the Fresno Estate Planning Council and the Fresno Stock and Bond Club, Gary relished sharing his analysis and expertise on investment and finance. He was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Fresno. He also served for many years on the Fig Garden Homeowner’s Association to maintain and preserve the beauty and value of Old Fig Garden. Gary also contributed to the Huntington Lake Condominium Association, where the tennis courts bear his name. In 1996, Gary and Barbara established the Gary and Barbara Marsella Family Foundation to fund organizations dedicated to the well-being of underprivileged children in Fresno County. The foundation has provided tuition assistance to Catholic parochial elementary school students in neighborhoods as well as to students attending San Joaquin Memorial High School. Gary passed away on June 15, 2018, and is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters Mary, Anne, and Lisa; and sons-in-law Thierry Marietan and Michael Purtell. Barbara and Gary have three grandchildren, Blaise Edward Marietan, Aidan Erro Purtell, and Nadia Joy Purtell.

08 Nov 2018