Richard Gary Vivirito, age 78, of Columbus, Ohio passed away following a battle with lung cancer at Riverside Methodist Hospital on February 25, 2017. He was born in Columbus, Georgia on March 14, 1938 to the late Thomas and Rosa Vivirito. Gary is survived by his partner of 26 years, Judy Bateman; children, Mike Hattaway and Kelly Lamb; step-children, Jason Bateman and Lisa Welsh. Gary served in the Army before going to work for General Dynamics in Groton, Connecticut. He spent many years working in the nuclear power field. After moving to Columbus, Ohio he started his general contracting business, R.G. Vivirito Builders. Gary loved life and making people laugh. He was larger than life and had a heart of gold. Gary was greatly loved in return by all who knew him. A private memorial service will be held at a later date for family and friends to celebrate Gary’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.WoundedWarriorProject.org. Arrangements entrusted to Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society. Please visit www.OhioCremation.org to leave Gary’s family an online condolence.