Obituary for Gary Rush (2022) – Westford, MA


Gary W. Rush, 60, of Westford, died unexpectedly on January 15, 2022 at Massachusetts General Hospital. He left behind the love of his life, Susan Cornwall.

He was born on October 5, 1961 in Concord, MA to the late Dorothy (McHugh) and Herbert Rush Jr.

From an early age, Gary discovered his passion for working with engines and cars. He started out with go-karts, transitioned to motorcycles and a variety of older cars, including a Pontiac LeMans, and ended up with his greatest joy – his TransAm. At the age of 15 he began his career as an auto technician at Gould Motors. He was considered an expert, the “car engine whisperer” and could solve the trickiest problems. Proud of his auto technician skills, Gary worked at Herb Chambers, Danvers, MA. Gary was the go to guy, generously helping neighbors and friends with his expertise. Gary has also spent years helping neighbors clear snow from their driveways with his beloved truck.

Gary was an avid New England Patriots fan and attended two games that season. He recently took Susan to Amelia Island, FL and spent Thanksgiving with Herbert and Kristine. They all had a special time walking on the beach and watching the sunrise. After a great dinner, the brothers enjoyed an unexpected hiking adventure, got lost in the forest but came out laughing! Gary then shared his special love for Disney World with Susan.

Gary was a devoted brother who never missed a call with Nancy on Saturdays to make up for the week. He also loved music and surprised his family with his new dance moves when he taught them a new music trivia game he had created.

In addition to his love, Susan, Gary survived and will be deeply missed by his brother Herbert Rush III and wife Kristine Ochu of Amelia Island, FL; his sister Nancy Rush of Rowley, MA; his nephew Frederick Prescott, Jr. and his wife Christine of North Kingston, RI, and his two nieces Jennifer Staysniak of Hudson, MA and Kelly Mingus of Franklin, TN.

He is deceased by his sister Cynthia Rush Prescott.

Relatives and friends are invited to Gary’s Celebration of Life on Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the WESTFORD HEALY FUNERAL HOME, 57 N. Main Street, Westford. His funeral service will be on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial afterwards in Pine Grove Cemetery, Westford. For condolences and directions please visit

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Published by Lowell Sun on January 18, 2022.

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