Gary Francis Little
Gary grew up in Hampstead Gardens, a suburb of Adelaide. After attending Gilles Plains High School he went to Western Teachers College to become an art teacher. His first teaching appointment was at Ororroo Area School in the mid north of South Australia where taught art and drama to children from Yr 1 to Yr 12. Here he became involved in amateur theatre, an interest which he would pursue for the next ten years. Gary’s next appointment was to Cummins Area School on Eyre Peninsula where he added photography to his spare time pursuits.
Here he met his future wife Marianne who was teaching in the next town at Tumby Bay. They married and moved to Pt Lincoln where they resided for another 6 years while Gary taught at Port Lincoln High School and became president of the local amateur theatre group. After the birth of their first son Geordie in 1987 they moved back to the Adelaide Hills where their second son Todd was born in 1989. Gary taught in many schools in Adelaide over the next 25 years including Elizabeth West High School, Charles Campbell Secondary School, Aberfoyle Park High School and eventually as Co-ordinator of the arts at Marden Senior College, an adult re-entry school.
Gary loved travel and took his family all over the world on holidays. In 1997 they spent a year in Leeds, UK on a teaching exchange.
In 2010 at the age of 55 Gary was diagnosed with an inoperable tumour on his pancreas. Forced to retire from his beloved teaching Gary threw himself into his own art work and became a member of The Royal Society of the Arts where his paintings were displayed in a number of exhibitions.
Gary battled cancer for three years but continued to travel with Marianne within Australia. In 2012 he purchased a small weekender cottage in Mintaro in the Clare Valley where he received further inspiration for his drawing.
In January 2013 he received the news that the cancer had spread to his liver and in April he was admitted to Daws Rd Hospice. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and sons. Gary’s beautiful paintings remain as a proud legacy for his family.