The grooming world has lost a friend and trusted equipment adviser, Gary Hartwell.

On Saturday, April 23rd 2016 Gary lost his battle with cancer. As the Service and Repair Manger at Ryan’s Pet Supplies, and an industry fixture for over 30 years, he offered his “Tips” and knowledge in the way of videos, seminars and articles in Groomer to Groomer. Gary and his wife Jan owned a grooming salon and Gary was dedicated to helping groomers repair and maintain their equipment. At Ryan’s he was never too busy to stop what he was doing to answer a groomer’s question or to trouble shoot equipment problems over the phone. Gary often attended Groom Expo West and many groomers came to the Ryan’s booth specifically to see Gary. He made everyone feel like family. Gary was very much a family man and that was part of what he loved about Ryan’s Pet Supplies. He loved being part of a family business. He even brought his own family into the business, training his son Greg in the art of shear sharpening and equipment repair. Greg even met his wife Mandy at Ryan’s, expanding the Hartwell and Ryan’s family! He is missed by his family, the family at Ryan’s and all the groomers whose lives he’s touched over the years. ✂