Gary Michael Mosel

Date of Birth

December 31, 1959

Date of Death

March 7, 2021

City of Death

Santa Barbara

On Sunday, March 7, 2021, Gary Mosel, loving husband, son and brother, passed away at the age of 61. Gary was born on December 31, 1959 in Santa Barbara, California to Rudi and Rosel Mosel. Gary was a plumber in Santa Barbara for over 44 years and owned Goleta Plumbing & Mechanical for years and was active in the Santa Barbara County Plumbers Union Local 114. On March 31, 2017, Gary married the love of his life, Marco Antonio Silva. Gary and Marco were together over 23 years and their wedding day was a joyous celebration of their love for each other.

Gary was a man of many passions and talents: a highly accomplished chef, woodworking, music, travel: He lived life to the fullest with Marco and his many friends. One of Gary’s recent accomplishments was building a large outdoor dining table in the backyard so that he could host his famous dinner parties in what can only be described as an all-day cooking event for the enjoyment of all his invited guests.

Gary was very active in the Santa Barbara Community. He took the lead in building Heath House which provided hospice care for AIDS patients in the 1980’s as well as Sarah House which provides support for end of life care for low income and homeless men and women.

Gary was also a leader within the Santa Barbara LGBTQ Community serving as the President of the Board of the Santa Barbara Gay & Lesbian Business Association providing scholarships and humanitarian awards among other endeavors for the LGBTQ community.

Gary’s infectious wit and humor were probably one of the things most people will remember. He had no problem telling his close friends during a humorous exchange, “I’m gonna roll you in a ball!”

Gary is preceded in death by his brother Norbert Mosel, and is survived by his husband Marco, his parents Rudi and Rosel, his sister Heidi Mosel-Riedo, and his niece Heather Riedo.

No one can ever fill the void that Gary’s death has created at much too young of an age, but we celebrate him and are thankful for the many joyous times we had with him.

Viewing will be held on Thursday, March 11th, 2021 at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, 15 East Sola Street, Santa Barbara, California, 93101 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.


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