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Gary Mills, a longtime marine surveyor based in Fort Lauderdale, died April 8 with family in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Born Feb. 26, 1951, in Ohio, Mr. Mills grew up in the St. Petersburg area. According to friends, he was in the Merchant Marines during the Vietnam years. He was also a black belt in karate and used to judge students in karate tournaments.

Gary Mills
Feb. 26, 1951 – April 8, 2020

A regular at monthly Triton Networking events, Mills was soft spoken and friendly. He had embraced the Catholic faith later in life and attended Mass regularly, according to friends.

Mr. Mills is survived by his children, Myriah and Ryan; and three brothers, John Hill, Ralph Mills, and Lyle Mills. He is predeceased by a fourth brother and three sisters.

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2 thoughts on “Longtime Fort Lauderdale surveyor dies

  1. rosemary mills

    Hi there Ms. Lucy Chabot Reed, Publisher and Editor,
    Gary A. Mills was my brother in law. We are so grateful for your story to highlight Gary and his work over the years.
    Gary was well respected and made many friends in the boating industry, as a Marine Surveyor and Captain in Ft. Lauderdale and South Florida area. Gary captained many vessels, including boats and yachts to and from countries all over the world; he loved his work. Gary was a Merchant Marine during the Vietnam era and was proud of his service. Gary was very involved over the years in Martial Arts, as a black belt and serving as a judge at events and tournaments. Back in the day, Gary worked for General Motors Electro-Motive Division in New Orleans; he also taught Marine Diesel Mechanics and owned a Marine Mechanics Business for several years in the Tampa Bay area. He was born in Circleville, OH, and grew up in the St. Petersburg FL area. Gary was the second son in a family of 8 siblings, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Gary is survived by his children Myriah and Ryan; three brothers, John Hill, Ralph Mills, and Lyle Mills all of Seminole, FL area; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and an Aunt. He is predeceased by his parents Ludwell and Ethel Mills, a fourth brother Brent Mills, and three sisters Kathryn Crone, Tina Rodriguez, and Tracy Mills.
    Will the link to this story stay available online since I want to share with his children, family and friends. Gary passed away on Thursday, Apr 9, 2020. We could have provided more details, but you may not have had our contact information. Gary’s youngest brother, my husband is Lyle Mills 727-709-1679 or rem200169@yahoo.com Thank you for remembering Gary; he will be missed by many!
    Sincerely, Rosemary Mills – Seminole, Florida

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