Gary Carter, a great loss
From Gary's daughter, below:

February 16th, 2011

Hello to Team Carter,

It has been exactly 4 weeks since the last journal and that decision was made as a family. I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 pm. This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire life but I wanted you all to know.
He is in heaven and has reunited with his mom and dad. I believe with all my heart that dad had a STANDING OVATION as he walked through the gates of heaven to be with Jesus.

Thank you all for loving my dad and my entire family. I will still share with you all the last four weeks with my dad because they were incredibly special.

I am thankful that many years ago, my dad accepted Jesus Christ to be his personal Savior because I know He is now in NO pain and is the most beautiful angel. He is now in God's Hall of Fame.

We praise you, Jesus and thank you for giving my dad to us for 57 years.
...but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they
will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. -- Isaiah 40:31

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Ken Slezak, '66 on February 17, 2012 at 9:46 PM said:

Gary loved baseball, loved sports, loved his family and loved God. His record in giving back to the community and charities was amazing. Our love and prayers go out to his wife Sandy and family and Gordie Carter and his family. We mourn the loss and will miss his upbeat , constant smile and enthusiasm.We'll miss you "KID."
Also from Sporting News on February 17, 2012 at 3:05 PM said:

"We both grew up in Southern Cal, though he was 3 to 4 years younger than I was. He was a great ballplayer and a tremendous family man, and I'll miss him." — Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven

"We had a lot in common, from family to our profession. He endured a lot as a catcher, as did I. And making it to the Hall of Fame was over the top for Gary, as it has been for me. We knew each other for more than 30 years, he meant a lot to me. I'm crushed by his passing." — Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk

"Nobody loved the game of baseball more than Gary Carter. Nobody enjoyed playing the game of baseball more than Gary Carter. He wore his heart on his sleeve every inning he played. For a catcher to play with that intensity in every game is special." — Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver

"It's a sad, sad day. Some relationships are special. Some are endearing. Some you even want to forget about. Gary was one of those endearing friendships that is a rare occurrence. His peers had the utmost respect for his faith, love for his family and childlike enthusiasm for the game of baseball. May the good Lord bless and keep you was his favorite inscription. Rest in peace, my brother." — Hall of Fame outfielder Andre Dawson

Gary Carter passed away at the age of 57 on Thursday. (AP Photo)
“Johnny Bench was the No. 1 catcher of the 70s. Gary Carter (was) the No. 1 catcher of the 80s.” — Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams

Several of Carter’s former Mets teammates and also shared their memories with MLB.com:

"The baseball community has lost a Hall of Fame player and a Hall of Fame person. He was a good man and will be missed terribly." — Tim Teufel

"What he added to the team was character. His approach to the game was contagious. It spread to the rest of us. He helped each of us understand what it took to win." — Darryl Strawberry

"The one thing I remember about Gary was his smile. He loved life and loved to play the game of baseball." — Mookie Wilson

"I relied on Gary for everything when I was on the mound, including location, what pitch to throw and when. Even when I didn't have my best stuff, he found a way to get me through the game. He was just a warrior on the field." — Dwight Gooden

"He was like a big brother to me. I always went to him for advice. No matter what time of day it was, he always had time for you." — Wally Backman
From Sporting News, February 16, 2012 on February 17, 2012 at 3:02 PM said:

"I am so sad! The Kid has left us," fellow Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench tweeted. "I started calling him Kid the first time I met him. He was admired and loved. Thank you for our past."

Former MLB pitcher Rob Dibble tweeted: "I've never met a man who made me want to do more for other people, be a better Father, Husband, friend. He was a joy to be around."

"Gary Carter was everything you wanted in a sports hero: a great talent, a great competitor, a great family man, and a great friend," former Mets pitcher Ron Darling said.

"Nobody loved life in a bigger way than Gary," said former Mets manager Davey Johnson, now in the same job with the Washington Nationals. "Gary's brave battle has ended, but his from-the-gut laughter will be heard and his vitality and spirit will be felt forever. I loved him very much, and I know he is finally at peace."
Vern Fotheringham, '66 on February 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM said:

A true champion and gentleman was among us, and his Joie de vivre was infectious and uplifting to many, whom I am sure he never knew, but who appreciated his being part of their lives.
Paul Saevig '67 on February 16, 2012 at 9:15 PM said:

Gary's greatest gift was joy: from God to him, and from Gary to all those who met him and saw him play sports. Blessed are those who bring joy.

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