Gary's Story . . .


Gary is a retired HVAC (Heating-Ventilation-Air Conditioning) technician with over forty years of experience in his field.


In the Fall of 2011, he had an emergency open-heart surgery requiring five bypasses to repair his heart.  He recovered well and quickly, mostly due to do wanting to get back to work.


Just two months after he returned to work, he suffered a debilitating stroke that claimed most of his right side.  He subsequently completed speech therapy in about a month’s time, and progressed in physical therapy so quickly that his insurance let him keep going for an extended time because of his continued improvement.


Occupational therapy worked on his right arm and hand but after a few months of minimal improvement, he was forced to discontinue the therapy.  Gary was forced to make the difficult decision to retire early.  About six months after the stroke, his wife Jeanne also retired to be home with him.


Gary’s ambition clearly didn’t suffer any side effects, because he is still on the move and looking for new projects to keep him busy.  He started researching tool sharpening machines, thinking he could set up a shop in his garage and start a small business.


He found a company in Wisconsin and went to visit them to try a machine out for himself, knowing that he might have some limitations.  After visiting, he realized he wouldn’t be able to use the machine, but the company offered to design a custom machine for his left hand at minimal cost.  Gary decided to go for it, and G & J Sharpening was formed!



"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."

— Proverbs 27:17