George A. "Tony" Gay

Feb 6 1949
Nov 11 2023
74 Years
New Holland, PA

George A. "Tony" Gay, 74, of New Holland, PA, passed away suddenly while on a hunting trip with family members in Dauphin County on Saturday, November 11, 2023. He was the beloved husband of Dawn Lucille Basom Gay with whom he shared 36 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late John Theodore Gay and Pearl Marie Romig Gay.

Tony was an area resident most of his life. He served in the US Army from 1969 to 1972 and was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device and the Army Commendation Medal.He was employed at the Coatesville VA Medical Center as a maintenance mechanic. He was also a follower of Jesus and was a member of Worship Center in Lancaster, PA.

Tony loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing, hiking, and watching wildlife. He also loved to travel, especially to the beach and the mountains with his family. He had a lighthearted, positive nature and he loved to joke around and play games. He was always tinkering with something and loved to fix and build things. He will be remembered as a wonderful family man who worked hard, was always willing to help others, and had a deep faith in the Lord that guided him day to day. Tony was well loved and will be missed by us all.

He is survived, in addition to his wife, by three daughters; Lori Ann Moyer of Deerfield Beach, Florida, Katelyn Ann Smith and husband Zachary of New Holland and Lindsay Rose Townsend and husband Timothy of York, PA, four grandchildren; Michael Steven Moyer, Marshall Bradon Moyer, Marah Lee Townsend, and Callen James Townsend, one great grandchild; Allison Reign Moyer, and four siblings; Norma Davis, Barbara Chenger, Charles Gay, and James Gay. He was preceded in death by seven siblings, Margaret Pierce, Gloria Lyons, Dorothy Kitterman, Betty Hindman, John Gay Jr., Judith Hess and just last month, William Gay.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, November 17, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Hephzibah Baptist Church, 2237 Strasburg Road, Coatesville, PA. Family and friends are also invited to attend the viewing at the church from 9:00 AM to the time of the service. Interment will be held on Monday, November 20, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg. Online condolences can be posted at

Service Date: 
Nov 17 2023 - 11:00am
Service Location: 
Hephzibah Baptist Church Coatesville, PA


Well Tony, you may have left us but you will always be a part of us!  So many fun times to count, so many laughs.......

You brought a lot of joy to us!   Until we meet again, and we will!  RIP 

Love You, Mark

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My precious Uncle!! I learned about sacrifice and what soldiers did from you. I remember when you came home from Vietnam and how happy Grandmom was. I never in a million years imagined you'd be gone before my Dad. I will really miss you. May you enjoy your heavenly homecoming until we are together again one day.

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Dawn and family, Tony was a good friend and human being. I often think of our hunting and fishing trips together, especially, West Virginia. He had a unique way of making me laugh during our conversations and I greatly enjoyed his company.
He definitely loved his family as evidenced by our many conversations during our sojourns.
Even though we haven't spent much time together in the past couple of years, I will miss knowing I can call him for an impromptu round of sporting clays. Rest in peace my friend, until we meet again.

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I am so sorry for your loss!  I enjoyed knowing Tony and seeing him at Chris’ concerts.  He was such a nice man and you could see Jesus in him.  May the peace of Christ be with you and comfort you! Blessings, Ida

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I met Mr. Tony, Mrs. Dawn, Katie, and Lindsay when I was just a little girl. They have always treated me as family and loved me like a daughter. I spent many weekends with them and going to church with them. When they moved away it was a very hard time for me because I spent so much time with them, but distance did not stop us from seeing each other. I have so many good memories with this beautiful family. I truly love you all and I am so sorry. Mr. Tony will truly be missed and was so a wonderful hardworking man. Great example.
Love you,
Tameka (Shuler) Fields


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Worked with Tony for many years in the engineering department at the VA Medical Center and always a very nice guy.


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<p>So many good memories keep flooding my mind.</p>

<p>Our R&amp;R in Thailand.</p>

<p>How You in a leg cast and Me in an arm cast</p>

<p>managed to give your Road Runner a good run on the road in Springdale.</p>

<p>I sat in the drivers seat and worked the pdeals and you road shotgun and shifted.</p>

<p>Only two loving brothers could that. And now we are apart. But I know in my</p>

<p>heart that we will meet again.</p>

<p>Love you brother and I will miss you.</p>

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To Dawn & family, I want to send my condolences to you all  Dawn I was truly surprised to see Tony’s obituary. Please know I will be praying for you all through this difficult time .  Your former coworker, Sherry 



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Tony was my best friend a great father and husband,love Jesus you could tell by the way he loved people,and one day we will meet him again in heaven if we ask Jesus into our lives to be our savior .I will really miss you buddy

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We in Nutritional and Food Services were happy when tony became our maintenance mechanic. He was very nice, easy to talk to and he would explain everything that was going on when a piece of equipment needed to be fixed. We really appreciated him!

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Dawn and family, I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. I will be praying for you in the coming days. I am sure he was such a special person. There is joy in knowing you will see him again. ~Jaye Ann (Dawn's co-worker in home care)

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Tony (dad) was a special person in my life. I got to know him and his family after becoming close friends with Katey when we were kids. I always looked forward to seeing him when I would visit. He had a way of lighting up the room and making you feel welcome. I will cherish the memories I've made with him. I feel so lucky he was a part of my life. Thank you for being an amazing dad and role model. You had the best laugh and dad jokes. I'm so sorry I couldn't make it to say goodbye. You have a place in my heart and will be forever missed. Until we meet again.

Katey, Lindsay and mom, I love you so much! You all mean world to me. I hope you can find comfort and peace during this time. I will always be here for you if you need anything.

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We first met Tony and dawn when I babysat their children. I was sadden when I read the paper. Dawn you were so blessed to have a godly husband. We will be praying for your family at this time.

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