Between 1973 and 1977 he umpired 87 matches in the VCFL with one final – the First-Semi in the Waranga-North East Football League Reserves. After a year off he returned to the Reserve Grade for 1979 and then moved onto the VFA for a single season before retiring from the field.
Gary’s connection with football remained strong, firstly through his involvement with Footscray in the role of Coterie Secretary Western Bulldogs Top Dog Kennel Group a position he held from 1990 to 2006. Gary was also a long term match manager of VFL/AFL Little League/AusKick between 1983 and 2006 where he could often be observed racing the kids onto and from the ground at half time of VFL/AFL fixtures.
Having served five years as a VFLUA member Gary took the opportunity to take up associate membership of the AFLUA from 2006 and by doing so qualified as a nominee for life membership.
Gary passed away quietly at home on 10 January 2011. His life membership was ratified by the members at the 2010 Annual General Meeting in March 2011.