Gary Thomas Prestigiacomo

Gary Thomas Prestigiacomo, peacefully passed away at his home on April 1, 2024 at the age of 68.

Gary was born on April 6,1955 in Louisville, KY to his parents Joseph and Mary Lee Prestigiacomo. He grew up in Louisville and resided in Owensboro and Frankfort before retiring to Florida. He lived a fascinating life, embracing adventure and taking exciting opportunities at every turn. He traveled with the carnival, raced jet skis, and worked as a private detective. Gary was awarded Kentucky’s Young Auctioneer of the Year, held the position of President for the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency (KCCD) for the Louisville and Herrington Lake Chapters, won the Mary Frances Cooper Award, and was honored to be named a Kentucky Colonel. Most of his career was spent working for the Department of Corrections, retiring as a Deputy Warden. Gary cherished his Corrections Family.

The ocean was calling after retirement, and Gary moved to Florida to enjoy the sunshine. He loved his community and his neighbors. Gary, lovingly known as “Kentucky” in his community, enjoyed bocce ball and shuffleboard. He was the proud award winner of the Colonial South Chili Cook-off 2 years in a row. You could always find him smoking meat or trying a new baking recipe to share with friends.

Gary had a gift for making people laugh. He brought so much joy to the world with his wit and humor. He is best known for his beautiful blue eyes which would sparkle while he shared his famous stories. He had a love for life, perfecting recipes, cheering on The University of Kentucky (Go CATS!), and soaking up the Florida sunshine.

Gary and his cherished wife Robyn were undeniably soulmates. Their love story unfolded later in life yet was a testament to the notion that true love knows no age or circumstance. Despite their union being brief, spanning only a couple of precious years before Gary’s passing, their connection was profound and enduring. Their love for adventure together led them to travel the globe. From the breathtaking landscapes of Alaska to the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean, Gary and Robyn embarked on countless journeys hand in hand. Amidst their adventures, one constant was their infectious laughter while sharing jokes and playful banter followed using sweet nicknames for each other. Gary, ever the devoted husband, endeavored to keep up with Robyn’s energetic lifestyle, trying his best at matching her zest for life step for step to show his love. In their fleeting time together, Gary and Robyn shared a lifetime’s worth of love, laughter, and companionship, cherishing each moment.

Gary leaves behind the love of his life, his wife, Robyn Prestigiacomo. He was a “Bonus Dad” to Elizabeth (Josh) Latham, Erin (Jason) Tenkman, Nick (Reesa) Headley, and Alex (Frank) DePriest and his grandchildren Emily, Joey, Lenora, Lauren, Jack, Sterling, Kate, and George. Cherished friends HR and Colleen McClary and their children Rayce and Marie. His brother Tom and sister Mary Kay and their children Katie, Joey, James, and Valerie.

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