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George H. Garrett, 84, of Haverhill, passed away Wednesday evening, Sept. 6, with his loving family by his side, at Penacook Place.
Mr. Garrett was born in Medford on July 15, 1933, the son of the late William and Jane (Groves) Garrett.
He graduated from Somerville High School with the Class of 1951 prior to enlisting in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After his honorable discharge, he received a certificate in culinary arts from Essex Agricultural and Technical Institute in 1967.
George was employed as a cook at the former Hale Hospital. He retired as the 1st Head Cook in 1988.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Ruth E. (Clark) Garret. He was a loving and cherished father to five children -- a son, Charles Joseph Garrett of Richton, Miss., (deceased), and four daughters, Dorothy Duckworth, of Bay Spring, Miss., Sheryl Ann Henderson, of Richton, Miss., Lynda E. Garrett of Haverhill, and Judith Garrett-Desiderio and her husband, John Desiderio Jr. of Haverhill. He was the beloved brother of Charles Garrett of Shawnee, Kan., James Garrett of Silver Springs, Md. (deceased), and Richard Garrett of Streetsboro, Ohio. He was a cherished grandfather to 10 grandchildren, a great-grandfather to 10 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandfather to one great-great-grandchild. He was called Uncle as well by several nieces and nephews.
George was called many things in his life -- loving son, devoted brother, beloved husband, cherished Father, and Grandpa to so many dearly loved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and most recently added Great-Great-Grandpa to the newest member of his beloved family. He was also called brother-in-law and friend -- roles he took as seriously as brotherhood.
He was a gifted and accomplished singer from an early age. He joyfully participated in 18 of 19 “Hale Hospital Follies;" fundraisers/variety shows that gave all hospital staff an even playing field. Surgeons to janitors to cooks, all sang and danced in choreographed sequences and comedy skits. George’s rich baritone would fill the auditorium each year, bring tears to the eyes of his audience and he never left the stage without receiving thunderous applause and standing ovations.
However, his gift of music was shared generously at family gatherings and campground sing-alongs where his booming voice would echo in the mountains and garnered listeners, strangers, would line a campground roads with lawn chairs just so they could hear him clearly. He joyously sang many a couple into marriage, and reverently sang for some as they were laid to rest.
He had many titles, but none that meant so much to him as “Daddy," or “Grandpa." He shared his love of music with his children and grandchildren, a legacy that is cherished, and that goes on as a living tribute to a man who is loved by so many.
A true gentleman, at the same time an incurable flirt, he became dear to most who met him, including the loving staff at Penacook Place. They cared for George with respect and love. His family is eternally grateful that they made the difficult transition of not returning home a little easier for him. Their care and kind words were truly a testament to the kind of man George Garrett was.
With a twinkle in his eye, strong shoulders to lean on, an easy smile, a quiet manner that gave others the feeling of safety to talk through a problem, George quietly gave of himself to so many. He was always ready to share a laugh, or give a warm and genuine hug.
There are not enough words to fully or adequately express the loving impact George had on so many lives.
The heavens will shine a little brighter from now on, and if you listen closely, he will sing to you on a breeze.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his calling hours on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at H.L. Farmer and Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill. His funeral service will begin at the funeral home on Monday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at All Saints Church, Haverhill. Interment with Air Force honors will follow in Atkinson Cemetery, Atkinson, N.H. Contributions in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
To share a memory or for more information, please visit www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.
Published on  September 10, 2017
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