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In Memory

Greg Garrison






 February 2, 2019


Mr. Gregory J. Garrison, 72, died peacefully surrounded by his family on February 2, 2019 at Morristown Memorial Hospital.  A lifelong resident of NJ, he was born March 15, 1946 in Jersey City and grew up in Paramus.  He lived with his wife and children in Rockaway before moving to Succasunna 34 years ago.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam era in the Mediterranean and was very proud of his service.  Greg enjoyed a long career as manager for AT&T for 31 years in Basking Ridge.  After his retirement he worked in the electrical department at Home Depot in Dover and in his spare time enjoyed working out at the Randolph YMCA.  Greg will always be remembered for his devoted love of his family and his many friendships.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen M. (Kehlbeck) of 47 years, his children; son, Roger D. Garrison, and daughter, Lisa M. Garrison, grandsons; Jake A. Czaplicki and Sean J. Czaplicki, mother, Anne M. Garrison, brother, Steven (and Donna) Garrison, sister, Kathryn Vetrone and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.



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09/17/19 10:43 AM #1    

Bob Hertzberg

Greg Garrison was my friend for sixty years. We met in the eight grade at Stony Lane school. Our friendship continued through the years. Even in high school, we were very different people, but our similarities always brought us together. Greg was that unique type of individual who was actually authentic, in a world of hypocrites . He was real, nothing phony, no smoke screens about him. While I was away at college , he would frequently visit my parents who grew to love him. As a lifelong friend, I always trusted him with sensible real life matters. He would always give me good advice. We were always good buddies. As we grew, married and started families we remained close, as well as our families. As my own sexuality began to evolve and I ultimately separated and divorced, Greg initially tried to understand, but ultimately couldn’t. During this time we didn’t communicate for some years. I was going one way and he was a happy family man, not understanding what happened to me. Some years later my adult son inadvertently ran across Greg at Home Depot in Dover where he had started a second career. Thus began, a new beginning to our friendship, me a coupled
gay man and Greg as a family man. Some years had elapsed, but many years in cultural attitudes. Fortunately, we were able to recultivate our friendship. We would always visit Greg and Ellen, his wife whenever we visited NJ. And then life took a dark turn for Greg; he contracted cancer and succumbed to it and associated diseases. I’m sorry I didn’t have more time with Greg. I thought we would known each through really old age, but that didn’t happen. I’m also sorry that more of our fellow PHS graduates did not have the good fortune of getting to know this man. You would been rewarded by his kindness, friendly personality and smile and his willingness to help whoever needed it. I will always miss you my friend. Rest In Peace. 


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