Funeral services was held Nov. 10 at the Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell for Gary Michael Crim, 66, who passed away Nov. 6 at St. Elizabeth Health Center after battling a long illness at home, with his beloved family by his side.
Gary was born Feb. 26, 1945, in Folansbee, W.Va., the son of Leonard and Mary Haliday Gallis Crim. He attended Steubenville Big Red High School and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Gary, known as “Youngstown’s Landlord,” was a giant of a man who became a legend in his time. He had a heart of gold, exhibited in the helping hand he always extended to friends, associates and employees, as well as in his generous contributions to local charities and worthy causes. He believed that, “Life is tough, but we’re tougher.” He made a real difference in all those whose lives he touched. He believed in leaving the world a little bit better than he found it, and that is the legacy that he left behind for the city of Youngstown and for the Mahoning Valley.
He was an avid collector of patriotic memorabilia and proudly displayed the flag at his home, office, warehouse, plazas and places of business.
As one of Youngstown’s largest private landlords, Gary considered his residential rental business to be the heart of his company. He also had over 30 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate development. Among his many accomplishments, he had developed a residential community known as Crimson Circle in his hometown of Campbell and a multiple duplex development on Canfield Road in the city of Youngstown. He also developed six commercial strip plazas located in Youngstown and Campbell.
He worked as a general contractor for numerous HUD projects located in Youngstown, Akron, Cleveland, Stow, New Castle, Pa., and many other sites. His company also currently performs lead abatement work and rehab projects for the Mahoning County Lead Program, for the Youngstown Community Development Agency, for C.T. Consultants’ CHIPS Program and for Mahoning Valley Leap Grant Program. He was also an engineer for Conrail for 15 years.
Gary had served as president of the Mahoning Valley Real Estate Investors Association, where he worked diligently as a lifelong advocate of landlord causes. He also served as president of the Who’s Who Association of Youngstown. He was instrumental in the inception and development of the Who’s Who Direct Rent Payment Program to promote family stability and to prevent homelessness. He was also honored by the Mahoning County Family and Children First Council for his extensive work in the promotion of lead-safe housing and the elimination of childhood lead poisoning.
Gary will be greatly missed and his memory forever cherished by his wife of 46 years, the former Janice Mason, whom he married Aug. 14, 1965; his daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Vincent Miller of South Range; three grandsons, Vincent, Mason and Gary Miller of South Range; and a brother, David Crim of Carrollton.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family would like to send a special “thank you” to the VA Clinic and all the employees of Veterans Administration.
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