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400 attend funeral for Carl Gandy, Bunnell resident and SMA leader who 'saw the good in everyone'

Gandy was killed in a hit-and-run crash on Jan. 25. He was 56.
by: Brian McMillan Executive Editor

He was a football fanatic, and the sea of Alabama T-shirts at his funeral showed how much he was loved.

Carl Gandy was a 1981 Flagler Palm Coast High School graduate. A doting husband and loving father. A professional who changed lives at Stewart-Marchman-Act Healthcare. Humble and charismatic. About 400 people filled The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Bunnell, on Feb. 1, to mourn for Gandy, who died Jan. 25 in a hit-and-run crash on State Road 40. He was 56.

Gandy's wife, Rena, and their daughter, Christine, sat in the front row and wept with extended family during the service. His eulogy was delivered by his sister Dede Avery, who quoted a poem written by one of Gandy's SMA patients: "You saw the good in everyone, even when it wasn't there." 

Another sister, Cece Williamson, also spoke, as did longtime friends Mike Boyd and Dellas Sorenson.

Gandy graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1992. He earned certifications in addiction therapy and was the director of SMA's Men's Residential Treatment Program. According to the funeral program, "even while serving in an administrative capacity, Carl worked hands-on with his clients and colleagues on a daily basis."

Bishop Eddie Brouse concluded the meeting by reassuring the attendees that it's not wrong to feel sad; Jesus also wept. Of Gandy, Brouse said, "His principles were simple. Life is complex, but he knew who he was. ... He knew Jesus Christ, and that is what made him strong."

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