Longtime New London-Waterford Speedbowl
Competitor, Chris “Wally” Gada, Passes

July 19, 2016

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(EAST LYME, CT) The New England Antique Racers (NEAR), sends its sincerest condolences to our friends, the Gada family, on the passing of Chris “Wally” Gada who left us on July 15th following a long illness.  

An early member of the “My Three Sons” Racing Team that also included his brothers Bob & Larry, Wally was a popular longtime competitor at Connecticut’s New London-Waterford Speedbowl, enjoying success in both the full-bodied divisions and the headlining modifieds during the late-60s & early-70s. 

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By Dave Dykes

Christopher Pete "Wally" Gada

1947 - 2016
East Lyme - Christopher Pete "Wally" Gada of Niantic, passed away peacefully on July 15, 2016, at Yale-New Haven Hospital following a long illness.

Pete was born on Nov. 24, 1947, to Grace and Lawrence Gada of Waterford. While growing up in Waterford, Pete became very fond of mechanics and anything mechanical, including race cars. It was this passion that landed him behind the wheel of the popular Ford powered 271 Modified race car at the Waterford Speedbowl. There he raced side by side with his brothers, Larry and Bob, on the My Three Sons racing team.

During this period he met the love of his life, Jean Fox. They were married on Aug. 2, 1968, and moved to Niantic to raise a family. Family meant everything to them.

Pete worked at Millstone Power Station until his retirement in 1998. There he was fortunate to have gained a core group of loyal friends who were with him to the end. Pete would drop everything to lend a hand to a friend or stranger alike. He could fix anything!

He is survived by his sons, Jeff of Waterford and his wife, Eloise, Jamie of Niantic and his wife, Michelle; his four loving grandchildren, Marshall, Jake, Rowan and Miles; and countless family and friends.

He will be truly missed by all, but is now with his true love Jean once again.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic. A celebration of Pete's life will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at the Waterford Speedbowl, turn 1.

In lieu of flowers, please do something special for a friend in need.


Go Ford!

Published in The Day on July 18, 2016 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries