Gary W. Senarian

January 9th, 2021

Gary W. Senarian, age 67, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on January 7, 2021.

Gary was born on July 17, 1953 in Waltham, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Senar and Elizabeth (Garabedian) Senarian. Gary was raised in Waltham and graduated from Waltham High School. Following graduation, he attended Middlesex Community College before transferring to Berkley College of Music where he earned an associates degree in music. Gary was a talented musician, who had great vocalist skills and played a “mean” guitar. Gary and his friends had a band that played at local clubs where others could sit and enjoy “real” music.

Gary worked hard to provide for his family; for many years he was employed as a maintenance engineer for the Amtrak Company. Gary was very friendly and outgoing, he made many life-long friends at work and was a dedicated employee for many years before retiring in 2015.

Gary married “the love of his life”, Patricia A. “Trisha” Cusano on July 2, 1977; the couple was inseparable and enjoyed many years of fun with their family and friends before her untimely passing last February. Gary and Trisha lived in Waltham for a few years before moving to their home in Wilmington in August of 1986, where they raised their boys, Jeff, Dave and Mike. They were wonderful parents and could always be seen at countless sporting events, school events or any other thing their boys were involved in. Gary and Trisha had an “open door policy” at their home, everyone was welcomed, fed and made to feel loved. Many wonderful memories were made at the Senarian Household where they celebrated lots of holidays, birthdays and cookouts for the boys and all of their friends.

Gary was very sociable; he could work a room and make friends with everyone there. He looked forward to the times he spent with his friends at poker tournaments, fishing expeditions, especially on Zack’s boat, or just sitting in the driveway chatting with Jimmy, Philip or his neighbors. Gary had a magnetic personality and instantly made everyone feel special. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a “character” who loved to make people laugh.

Family was most important to Gary; he showered them with unconditional love and devotion. Gary took special care of his wife, Trisha, as she battled cancer and her health declined; he never left her side and made her feel safe and loved. Gary also devoted his time to his boys and especially enjoyed his time with his grandchildren. He had a special bond with his cousins, who were more like brothers and sisters. Gary cherished his relationships and was a good friend to many. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

Gary was the beloved husband of the late Patricia A. (Cusano) Senarian, devoted father of Jeffrey Senarian & his wife Monique of Westford, David Senarian & his wife Emily of Tewksbury and Michael Senarian & his wife Jackie of Wilmington, loving “Papa” of Jeffrey, Jr., Gianna, Tessa, Anya, Dante, Drew and Brianna, cherished son of the late Senar and Elizabeth (Garabedian) Senarian, dear brother of Debra Sullivan & her husband Greg of Maynard, loving uncle of Stacey, Jason, Katelyn and Nicholas, nephew of Ida & Eddie Fahey and Allen & Ann Senarian. Gary is also survived by large extended family of cousins and friends who he considered his brothers and sisters.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Wednesday, January 13th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Thursday, January 14th at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required to be worn in the Funeral Home and Church.

Memorial donations in Gary’s name may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3100, Woburn, MA 01801.


8 Entries in Guest Book for “Gary W. Senarian”

  1. Kenny “G” Gagnon says:

    To our GOOD Friend, our Poker Buddy, and a very Kind Man with a HUGE Heart… We LOVED you and will surely MISS you. You taught us the importance of Family and Enjoying Life. I can only imagine that you are now having a glass of wine right now with the Love of your Life Trisha and getting caught up on the past few months. Rest In Peace my Friend and we will always be very Grateful for the many Laughs and Good Times we shared.

  2. Luigi Acierno says:

    To Gary’s sons and family…I am heartbroken over the loss of your dad. There will be an empty seat at our poker table. a seat that represented friendship and laughter. Gary’s humor was infectious.We nicknamed him “ Mr.Raise It “ and he laughed with us never getting angry at our teasing. He shared stories of his beloved wife and family.He was so proud of them.He was a caring family man but most importantly a great friend.. I lost a friend today and he will be deeply missed.

  3. Brian Massey says:

    Senarian family, I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved father and grandfather Gary. I didn’t know your parents, but by having conversations with David, I know how important family was very to both your parents and how important family is to all of you. Your father/grandfather has been reunited with Trisha your mom/grandmother in heaven, and I am sure they are both looking down on all of you with love and pride at the adults you have all become. Remember one thing that I am sure you all know, “family is everything”. May he RIP.

  4. Greg Moran says:

    Dave, Jeff and Mike,

    Your dad (aka Ganu) was amazing. He and your mom always made us feel so welcome at your house. I’ll remember him for his infectious laugh, jokes and kindness. I’m sorry for your loss.


  5. Don Saulnier says:

    Senarian family, I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your father and grandfather. My wife and I were close friends of Gary and Tricia in Waltham. My god bless Gary as he joins Tricia for their reunion.

  6. Pattie Garabedian Tanner says:

    We had a lot fun growing up together with our cousins. Spent many Sunday at the farmhouse playing cards,pitching horseshoes. Many meals were eaten together. The males got served before the girls and we got the leftovers. Sorry for your loss.cousin Pattie

  7. Frank and Patty Staffier says:

    Dave and family , we are so sorry for your loss. Many blessings to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Patty and Frank Staffier.

  8. Chris G. says:

    To sons and family…I am shocked over the loss of your dad. my deepest condolences. Gary was a GREAT man. He will be deeply missed.

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