Condolences for Gary Patrick Wrenn

Jon Fry posted on 2/9/21

Coach Wrenn was a great man and mentor. So sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers for his family. God bless.


Marilyn Recknor posted on 2/8/21

I am so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. He was co-teacher in my English classes at Bowie High School, a quiet but firm presence in the room, moving from student to student to keep them on task. He kept in close contact with parents, alerting them to any behavioral problems, but also advising them of their children's successes. Always a gentleman, Gary was a fine role model for the adolescent boys in particular. He was a great help to the students and to me as well. My prayers are with Karen and family.


Marilyn Recknor posted on 2/8/21

I am so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. He was co-teacher in my English classes at Bowie High School. He was dedicated and caring with our learning disabled students, keeping them on task and staying in close contact with parents. He was always a gentleman and a great role model for the youngsters. He was a great help to the students and to me. My prayers are with Karen and family.


Lucy and Gary Rowe posted on 2/2/21

So sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in our prayers.


Rich Waalkes posted on 1/27/21

I played football with Gary at R.E. Peary HS. Hes was a great teammate and competitor. He was also a great football coach that positively affected so many players. His soul is in my prayers.


Cathy Cherry posted on 1/22/21

Gary was a dear, sweet friend to me ~ I will miss his dry sense of humor and corny jokes ~ I so loved heading out to find new fishing spots with a packed lunch that always tasted like the best meal ever, under the trees and a gentle breeze. His all too soon departure from us is a great loss ~


Lauren Fairley posted on 1/22/21

Coach Wrenn was my track and field coach (1983-1985) at High Point High School in Maryland. I believe that God puts angels in your life - to change your life...he changed mine. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to be coached by him at such a critical point in my life. There are things that I learned from Coach Wrenn like grit and resilience-values for a lifetime :) Sending up prayers for peace and comfort for his family and friends.


Don Bowers posted on 1/22/21

I met Gary and Karen through our church 4 years ago and we became immediate friends.Allthough already dealing with chronic illness Gary was a kind,funny and gracious man. I was honored to have known him and call him friend. I am honored to be singing at his service today.



stacy m bonner posted on 1/21/21

Praying for his Family


Clint Austin posted on 1/21/21

Gary gave me my start in coaching high school football. His nurturing and encouragement made me somewhat successful. I am a graduate of West Point and he was really into Army football so we had a connection. Thanks Gary! You will be missed


Nadine Wobus posted on 1/20/21

I met Gary 42 years ago when I started working at Wheatley Special Ed. Center (I met Karen in the same week when I started working at Rieg). Gary was great with the students and popular with all the staff. I was honored to sing at Gary and Karen's wedding (and many years later I also sang at Brandon and Ana's). We shared many wonderful times and some sad ones. He fought so many times through illnesses and medical emergencies. I am so sad that he lost this fight against COVID. My thoughts and prayers are with Karen and all the family. Love and hugs to all.


Pete Sampogna posted on 1/20/21

I worked with Gary at Wheatley Special Center more than 40 years ago, and what I remember most about him was his creativity and his desire for the students and the staff to enjoy themselves. Getting members of the Washington Capitals to play floor hockey with our students (and lose); organizing and leading our students on a backpack and canoe trip; innovating with the Tiny Tot Tumblers – these were experiences that were unheard of with special ed. students at the time. He never stopped. Karen and family, my thoughts are with you during this sad time. I hope your fond memories sustain you.


Loretta Cutright posted on 1/20/21

Karen and family, prayers and much love to you all. Blessings to Gray, who was a wonderful advocate for children and loved by many of them still. I am sure you and your family are very proud of him as he travels home. God bless him.


Ron Lyst posted on 1/20/21

Gary was probably the most competitive Coach and Teacher that I have ever known. I worked with Gary for many years in Prince Georges County. He would go the extra mile for his students and athletes that he coached. He taught his students and athletes confidence, courage and teamwork which are not only competition skills but also life skills. He loved his family very much and especially his wife Karen. Gary was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. His medical problems slowed him down for many years, but he continued to live a full life and kept the faith. Gary’s legacy will always be with us and his memory will live with us. God Bless the Wrenn Family.❤️


Debbie Sheppard posted on 1/20/21

Karen and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sending up prayers for comfort and strength.


Robin Silver posted on 1/20/21

I have such fond memories of our families spending time together for the holidays in the summer. You taught my children how to fish, and always there to show them something that they never experienced before. You were always a true friend, and you will be missed so very very much. Love you, Gary!


John and Judy Cameron posted on 1/20/21

Our memories of Gary reach back to our children being babies. His warmth, sense of humor, and loyalty to friends and family has always been his strength. His smile and kindness will be missed.


Brian Erxleben posted on 1/20/21

I had the privilege of having Mr. Wrenn as a special education teacher for two years and was his student aid another year at BHS. He was such a positive influence on so many kids like myself. He was a roll model and an outstanding educator. I kick myself for not staying in touch with him threw the years. He will be missed.


Hawa Lewis posted on 1/19/21

My sincerest condolences to the Wrenn family. I am proud and honored to have been one of the lucky young women to have been impacted by Coach Wrenn's life's work and selflessness. As a teacher, he taught me to always give my best effort and strive for excellence. As a coach, he mentored and groomed me to become a better person, mother, and productive citizen. I will never forget all of the years and opportunities I had to interact with Coach both during and after high school. He will be missed by me and my Family. It is hard to forget someone who gave so much of himself to help others. He will always be in our hearts.


Sydney Gourley posted on 1/19/21

Gary was the cousin closest in age to me. Living at such a distance means we had less chance to be together but I have such happy memories of visits to Valleywood Drive and Myer Terrace. - Gary was such a tease but it was always in fun. I also value the brief visit he and Karen made to Hawaii several years ago. He'll always be a part of our memories and our thoughts and prayers are with Karen and the family.


Marc de Maleingreau posted on 1/19/21

Gary was the friend that everyone would dream of: I honor here his memory as the generous, fun, enthusiastic, loyal and supportive man that he was. I have been lucky enough to meet him and his wife Karen in Brunswick Forest, North Carolina, about five years ago. Between 2015-2017, Gary was the President of the Brunswick Forest Fishing Club. Thanks to his great dedication, enthusiasm and joie de vivre, Gary gave a new life and spirit to the Club. His numerous initiatives included fishing trips and lessons, as well as interesting conferences. Gary and I went on numerous fishing expeditions together. I admired how patient and passionate he was when fishing and fly-fishing in particular. He loved to share his insights and experiences with others. He was a good friend to me and became a good friend to my girlfriend Isabelle as well. We will deeply miss a humorous and kind man who always cared more about others than about himself.


Jae Jackson posted on 1/19/21

Coach Wrenn gave me my start as a young football coach back in 1993 at Bowie High School. The lessons that I learned from him about football, leadership, giving, caring and life have stayed with me always. Without those lesson, I would not have been the coach I became. Coach Wrenn always had great stories (some I think he embellished at times) about football and people. Although it’s been years since we had spoke, I often thought of Coach Wrenn and his well being. He was a man of faith and family. My thoughts, prayers and best wishes go out to his family. Peace and blessings to you all.


Jeannie and David Erxleben posted on 1/19/21

David and I had three sons attend Bowie High School and it was Gary Wrenn that all three of them always talked about. Gary was a remarkable example to Steve, Dan and Brian. It is no wonder that two of them love to fish!


Lee Best (BHS C/o 1997) posted on 1/19/21

Great teacher of life lessons. I played for Coach Wrenn at Bowie High School. I have many funny moments. One thing that has stuck with me is him and Mrs. Wrenn working with children with Special Needs. That seed they planted when I was a player has stuck with me. I continue till this day offer support when I can to help children with Special Needs. Coach you will be missed. P.S. please don’t challenge anybody to eat a dog biscuit in heaven.


Steve, Heather and Michael Erxleben posted on 1/19/21

It was an honor and a privilege to have played for Gary Wrenn at Bowie High School. Coach Wrenn is the reason I chose to become an educator and a HS Football Coach. I was lucky enough to continue playing at Frostburg State because of his impact as well. The program that he created at Bowie and the lasting memories and experiences I have from our time together have made me a better man, husband, teacher, and coach. There really isn't a day that goes by I don't think about something I learned from being a Bowie Football Player. Coach Wrenn was truly a mentor and we are all blessed to have known him. The Wrenn family is in our prayers.


Thomas M Powers posted on 1/19/21

So sorry to hear of Gary's passing. His was a deep and gentle soul, and he will surely be missed. It was an honor to have known him. Sending healing prayers to Karen and family.



Jodi scheetz (sister in law) posted on 1/19/21

Gary you are the best brother in law a sister could have. I will cherish all the jokes pranks,laughs, cries,talks we had during yoyr time on Earth. The best memory i have when we were at church and coming back at after leaving a prayer at the alter the Spirit hit me and i started to cry. When i sat down you put your arms around me and jyst held on to me. You were such a comfort at that time. Thank you for being so kind to Justin and myself. You will always hold a spot in my heart of great memories. Fly Free and high with your angel wings. In loving Peace,



Alicia Clow posted on 1/19/21

lot's of found memories of Gary sitting on his porch making fishing lures and giving my son's tips on when & where to go fishing and of course hooking them up with all the tackle & lures they would ever need RIP Gary


George Guthrie posted on 1/19/21

One of the great things about growing up on Valleywood Drive was playing sports on the creek bank and the older kids letting us young kids play. Gary and the others were greatly appreciated for their kindness and patience. I also wish I had known Gary was involved with Special Olympics. I volunteered for 17 years with the State organization and our paths may have crossed, but we didn't recognize each other. His involvement is just another reason for me to look up to him. RIP Gary, and thank you. Prayers to you and your family from the Guthrie family.


Mary Zagara posted on 1/19/21

To the Wrenn Family: My sincere condolences to all. I was honored to have met Gary when In NC. He was such a kind & gentle man. I was happy to have known him through Karen. Please always remember all your family times & gatherings spent with each other. He is no longer suffering. Rest in Peace Gary.



Stanley “Deuce” Turner posted on 1/19/21

Couldn’t ask for a better coach and man to teach me the things you did. Gone but never forgotten. Heaven just gained a new HC!!


Nancy Ruffner posted on 1/18/21

Many wonderful memories of our happy family of 5. Gary, thank you for always allowing me to be the tag-along with you and your friends! You are loved and will be missed.



Nancy Ruffner posted on 1/18/21

Memories of a truly wonderful and happy childhood with my brother. Thanks for putting up with your little sister who was always tagging along with you and your friends.