Honoring Garry Selby: Devouted Cadet Mess Hall worker

June 20th, 2019 | In Memoriam, News

Garry M. L. Selby, the son of Leroy and Rebecca Selby, was a very devout Christian, true friend, brother, husband and father. Garry was a dedicated civil service employee at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he worked in the Cadet Mess Hall for a large portion of his 38 years of government service.
Garry had an amazing heart, and he was truly the kind of person who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Garry’s faith propelled him to a life of service to the church as a Deacon, but he and his wife, Renee, also served God by helping others.
Most notably, Garry and Renee were foster parents, and they adopted children they fostered.
Garry is predeceased by his parents Leroy and Rebecca Selby and sisters Janice and Barbara Ann.
He is survived by his wife Renee and their five children Shaneequa, Nathaniel, Richard, Isaiah and Tykeem, and his brothers and sisters Brendia, Jerry, Terry and Pamela.
He could always be counted on to have a smile on his face, even as his health deteriorated, and a positive or uplifting word to say.
Gary was an incredible person, and wish more people could be like him.
He had a knack for trivia, music and random pieces of information.

Brief snippets from the memorial reading:

• Garry’s brothers Terry and Jerry Selby continue to diligently work at the Logistics Readiness Center.

• Garry graduated from James I. O’Neill High School in 1979.

• In 1996, he married Renee.

• He was a cook, an usher and Deacon in his church, the President of his Brotherhood, a loving father, brother, a friend and a servant of God.

• He worked eight hours a day, five or more days a week, for 38 years. He prepared over 160,000,000 meals for over 44,000 cadets during his time here.

• The bulk of his waking hours were spent with the people in the chapel, on this installation or in the Cadet Mess.