- April 23, 1944 - December 27, 2012
- Indianapolis, Indiana
of Gary's Passing
- In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis www.MHAIndy.net
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1 of 28 | Posted by: Kelly
“To the family of Gary Tofil.
I am so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. I met Gary when I managed the shared office facility on Keystone Avenue for...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Ann Foster - San Rafael, CA
“Happy Birthday Sunshine. Miss you.
3 of 28 | Posted by: Natosha - Inidianapolis, IN
“Thinking of my buddy Gary Tofil - today would have been his 69th Birthday. He is missed dearly. Today is a very special day. RIP GJTJET April 23,...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Lori Fitzgerald - Indianapolis, IN
“Sweet dreams my friend. I shall miss you always.
5 of 28 | Posted by: Natosha - Indianapolis, IN
“I just heard about Gary's passing. I watched Gary play at IU when my cousin Frank Stavroff played there. Worked in the same building my first year...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Jerry Naumoff - Chicago, IL
“I am missing Gary tremendously and would do anything to talk to him one more time. Gary was my mentor and was by my side for many years. I already...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Lori Fitzgerald - Indianapolis, IN
“So deeply saddened that I was unaware of Gary's passing. Gary was not only my employer at Blunt, Ellis & Loewi but was also a great friend. Not...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Mary Kay (Kelly) Carney - IN
“we learned of Gary's passing only today and are so very sorry for your loss. distance kept us all from being closer but we never lose that bond, that...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: The family of Julia and Julius Tofil - OH
“I always looked up to Gary...we both played for IU( he was a senior when I was a freshman). We were similar size and looked like each other. Gary was...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Eric Stolberg IU Football 67-69 - IN
“Dear G-Jets Family (as my dad called him)
I'm sure you don't know me, however Tof was my fathers' broker for the past 30 years and we loved...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Kelly Hargraves - Zionsville, IN
“Saddened to hear of Gary's passing. Fond memories of Gary as an amazing athlete,smart & quick-witted guy who was very devoted to his family.
A...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Nancy Stipher Foley - San Diego, CA
“What a great guy and fun spirit! We had some fun times together!
I'll have fond memeories
13 of 28 | Posted by: Gary Cox - Laguna Beach, CA
“This news is so very sad. We send our prayers. God Bless your family.
14 of 28 | Posted by: Joanie Carney - Columbus, OH
“Dear Tofil Family,
We didn't have the pleasure of knowing Gary, except through his brother Roch. We know that Roch will deeply miss Gary and his...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Jack and Gina Newberry - Olympia, WA
“Dear Kathy and Family,
Gary was a good neighbor, fun, always friendly, generous, and helpful. We have many fond memories of our years with him on...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: John and Pat Barlow - RI
“I was confident that Gary would enjoy a life of achievement once he conquered his shyness and overcame the influence of his buddies, Butch Dezelan,...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Michael C. Hill - Mount Holly, NJ
“Dear Tofil Cousins,
While I wish I could have spent more time with all of you yesterday, I was comforted by the support you clearly offer each...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Andi Rotzien - Sparta , MI
“Dear, Dianne,Rock,Cindy,and Kathy,
Patty and I sincere condolences in regard to the loss of Gary. Our prayers go out to each of you and family....Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Ron Robbins & Patty Crisp - Tulsa, OK
“Dear Cindy and Family -
I send my heartfelt condolences to you all. Please remember your good times with your brother and uncle - it will ease...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Sally Elwood - MI
“Diane and family,
My sincere condolences in regard to the loss of Gary. My early memories of him recall his outgoing personality, his remarkable...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: Priscilla Dillow - Plainfield, IN
“Dear Diane, Roch, Cindy and Cathy, our deepest sympathies go out to you at this sad time. Gary and I were best friends thru high school. Through...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Joe Dezelan - Indianapolis, IN
“Dear Tofil Family,
We are saddened to hear of Gary's passing; please know that our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
With...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: Nancy Dietmeyer - Carmel, IN
“Gary was a lifelong friend. We competed against each other in High School sports with his teams always the master. Gary's father was my coach and...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Richard " Tex " Boarman - IN
“Gary and I played football and basketball against each other. I played for his Dad, Joe Tofil. Gary and I became friends and stayed in touch up...Read More »
25 of 28 | Posted by: Steve Midkiff - Venice, FL
“Dear Tofil family,
My deepest condolences to all of you on hearing of Gary's passing. Though years ago, I'll never forget the hours we spent...Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Bob Nester - Carmel, IN - Friend
“Gary was one of the best. With long treasured memories of our youth, Gary
always stood out as one who would excel in his endeavors. We will miss
...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Steve Martinez - Phoenix, AZ
“Dear Tofil Family,
There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. We, along with our staff, are honored and...Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers - IN
Gary was born in San Francisco, but lived most of his life in Indianapolis where he attended Cathedral High School. He was a star quarterback on their championship football team, but he also excelled in basketball and track. Gary was always a team leader in high school, and as class president he was a leader off the field as well. Gary received numerous recognitions for his excellence in athletics. Among them: All Central Indiana Football, All America Team, and chosen as one of the top 50 players in Indiana.
Following high school, Gary attended the Air Force Academy Prep School, and was named 1963 Athlete of the Year. He transferred to Indiana University, starting three years on the varsity football team, and lettering in basketball, all while completing a B.S. degree in Business.
After several Pro Football offers, Gary signed with the Baltimore Colts in 1969, although early injuries cut short his NFL career.
Gary served his country as a jet fighter pilot. After graduating pilot training with top honors, he flew the F-100 Super Sabre for the Indiana Air National Guard. Though he loved flying, he had an even greater calling, to serve as guardian for his three younger siblings following the death of their parents, and so he set aside his passion for flying, and left the Air National Guard in 1977 to take on the duty and committment of serving as guardian to his younger siblings.
Gary worked much of his life as a stockbroker and received many "top industry" awards. He retired in 2011.
For all who knew him, Gary was a larger than life man, a friend to all, and an amazing brother. He will be greatly and deeply missed.
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2706 Kessler Blvd. W. Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46228