GUSTAV CARL "GC" PACK, III, died on December 19th, 2020 at the Renaissance Rehabilitation Center in Staatsburg, New York from a short illness. He was 61 years of age.
He was born in the Hellene Fuld Hospital, Trenton New Jersey to his parents, Gustav Carl Pack, Jr. and his mother Lorraine Alice (Errickson) Pack. He was baptized at the Pilgrim Presbyterian Church.
He and his family moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania where he attended the local public school and was involved with and really enjoyed the local Indian Guides chapter.
Carl moved with his family to his current home in Red Hook, New York. He attended the Red Hook Central School system and graduated from the Red Hook High School in 1977. In 1973 Carl suffered a traumatic loss to his right leg. After extensive hospital stays, he got back into his regular routine and made the best of his injury during his life. Carl attended the Red Hook Methodist Church during his life in Red Hook.
After graduating from Red Hook High School, he attended and graduated from the Dutchess County Community College and he then enrolled at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where he was awarded a Degree in Business Science. During his tenure at RIT, he was awarded an internship at the IBM plant in Kingston, New York. He continued his education at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY toward completing a Master's Degree.
After graduation he was hired as a Management Consultant in the Finance and Accounting Services Division of the Management Accounting Section of the Public Accounting and Auditing firm of Coopers & Lybrand, now known as PricewaterHouseCoopers.
He was then hired by, LIZ CLAIRBORNE, as the Systems Project Manager, to lead the worldwide project for the Y-2K issue facing most companies. When that was completed Carl decided he wanted to go into business for himself.
For decades Carl was a staunch "DEAD HEAD". He followed the "Grateful Dead Band". He personally attended 139 concerts and shows. On one occasion, it occurred on his birthday, he met his idol Jerry Garcia who invited him to sit on the stage during the evening's concert.
Early on, Carl became interested in sports. He was always there when makeup games were organized and was excited to be chosen to be part of the Red Hook Little League baseball program. He was the Catcher on Manny's Barber Shop Little League team and really loved it. But Carl excelled in being a fan of sports. He loved the NEW YORK YANKEES. He virtually attended every game at Yankee Stadium for over thirty years via a full season ticket plan his family had. He witnessed every important and major event held in the stadium during this period. Two Perfect Games, every No Hitter game, every World Series, every Old Timers Day, every milestone the players incurred, from batting records, retirements and unusual events that would occur at random. Along the way Carl built up a cadre of memorabilia on the New York Yankees from autograph pictures, photos, autographs on paper and baseballs, lapel pins and every item the Yankees awarded to fans.
Carl also loved the RAIDER's professional football team. Regardless if it was Oakland, Los Angeles, or now Las Vegas. He was a devoted Raider fan.
Another highlight for Carl was Army football. He was a frequent participant attending the home games of the team at Michie Stadium on Saturdays and tailgating with family and friends, He would keep us informed about them and how they were doing. "GO ARMY"
His passion for sports contributed to is life in a big may and he enjoyed listening watching or talking about them with everyone.
Since High School, Carl became a very talented and accomplished drum musician. He had formed two bands and they played locally at numerous locations and concerts to benefit numerous charitable entities. He had in his group several of the finest musicians from the Mid-Hudson Valley and the high light affair each year was the "blast" at "Jonestown". His two bands were known as "JEG" (Just Enough Guys) and NRG.
With this musical background and his fondness for the Grateful Dead he chose the name GRATEFUL WEB DESIGN for his new company. His firm was created to design, then build and deploy websites on the world wide web. He had clients from across the entire United States.
He was predeceased by his Mother Loraine Alice (Errickson) Pack.
He is survived by his Father, Gustav Carl Pack, Jr. and his Sister and Brother- in- Law, Cynthia Ann (Pack) Kelly and Kevin J Kelly of Red Hook. New York. He is also survived by his Uncle and his wife, Frederick William Pack. Sr. and Barbara (Rushmore) Pack of Sun City, Arizona and two Aunts, Rita Jean Clement of Columbus, New Jersey, and Jacqueline D. Marchesi and husband Neil L. Marchesi of Hamilton, New Jersey, and numerous cousins.
There will be no public viewing for Carl. His immediate family will pay their final respects at a convenient time for the family and the Burnett & White Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the family plot at the Groveville Cemetery in Groveville. New Jersey also at a time convenient for the family and local relatives.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one of the following. The Shriners Hospital for Children, Processing Center, PO Box 863765, Orlando, FL 32886. The NY Special Olympics, 94 New Karner Street, Suite 208, Albany, NY 12203. Or to your favorite CHARITY in CARL’s memory. THANK YOU!
Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY.