Garden, Jack

August 11th, 2010

Jack Arthur Garden, age 64, of Wilmington, died August 11, 2010, following a lengthy illness.

Jack was born on February 5, 1946, in Stoneham, MA, he was the beloved son of the late Charles S., Sr. & Thelma (Rees) Garden. In his earlier years, Jack lived with his family in Reading and moved to Wilmington in 1955. He attended Wilmington Public Schools and was a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1965.

Following High School Jack went into the National Guard for a few years before enlisting in the United Sates Army on March 2, 1967 and was stationed in Germany for two years, he was discharged to the Army Reserves in December of 1973. Jack received several commendations for proudly serving the country and was honorably discharged in February of 1976.

Jack was employed as a driver for Mason Dixon Trucking Company in Woburn for 15 years and then was employed at the North East Development Company in Wilmington for many years before his illness forced him to retire.

Jack was an avid sportsman following the New England Sports teams, Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox, getting to games whenever his health allowed. He also loved to play sports, he not only followed but played hockey all through his school years and into his adulthood. He also loved football and was a coach for Wilmington Pop Warner in the early 1970’s, where he really enjoyed working with the kids. Jack also loved to go skiing and boating in his spare time.

Jack will be fondly remembered as a great son, brother, uncle, friend, and a “fighter”. Many years ago Jack became ill and was a recipient of a liver transplant in 1996, he knew what the odds would be and the possibility of his body rejecting the organ, but his determination to recover led him back to living a relatively normal life for many years until he was diagnosed with renal failure about five years ago. Jack was stubborn and wasn’t ready to give up so he battled his disease with dialysis treatments a few days a week for many years. The last year was especially tough, Jack had to give up his independence and realize that his body was giving up even though his will to live was as strong as ever. Jack needed to live the last of his life “his way” and when he realized it was “time” he peacefully succumbed to his disease with the strength and dignity he had shown over the years. Jack died peacefully at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers surrounded by his family.

Jack was the dear brother of Jay A. Irwin & her husband William and Barry E. Garden all of Wilmington, the late Jane T. Condon and Charles S. Garden, Jr., loving uncle of Dawn Grego, Darcy Valido, Dean Valido, Joannah Lundville, Kate Tkach, Charles S. Garden III, Brittany Irwin, and Keith Irwin.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Saturday, September 11th 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Jack’s memory may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923 or to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887. U. S. Army Veteran, Vietnam War.


6 Entries in Guest Book for “Garden, Jack”

  1. Steve Gerhartz says:

    I’ll never forget many fun times with Jack who was a good and fun person and a good friend. He will be missed by many.

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  3. Gary Irwin says:

    Jack was a good friend in my Wilmington days. We enjoyed playing tennis and hanging around the tennis courts. My sympathies to Jay Irwin family and the rest of the Garden family.

  4. Sharon Pellerin says:

    Steve and I send our condolences to you Jay, Bill, Brittany and Keith. Jack will be remembered by his smile, humor and good nature. Back in the “Pellerin Brother” days, I enjoyed his company and we thought of him often.

  5. Mary Barry Emerick says:

    Dear Barry & Jay,
    I am so sorry for your loss…You will find peace & strength as time passes…Your memories will keep Jackie forever in your hearts…
    Love to all…

  6. Bob Zwahlen says:

    Jack and I went in the US Army on the “buddy system” and were stationed near each other in Germany. Jack was previously in the military and gave me good advice before basic training – “Keep your mouth shut”! He kept me out of trouble and I am grateful for his guidance and friendship….he will be missed by all.

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