John "Jack" Garland, a long time valley resident, dies at 51
John “Jack” Garland, a long time Vail Valley resident, passed away on the morning of Sept. 21 in Falmouth, Mass., after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 51.
Jack was born in Athol, Mass., and grew up in Falmouth, on Cape Cod. He attended the University of Vermont and the University of Boston where he earned a degree in business administration and accounting. Jack moved to Vail in the early “70s and was the manager of The General Store in Lionshead for several years. He also served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT from 1977 until the mid “90s. Jack most recently worked for Air Wisconsin at the Eagle County Airport.
Jack lived for many years in Beaver Creek West Condominiums in Avon and had recently built a home on the Eagle River in Gypsum.
Jack was an expert skier and semi-pro bicyclist. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying mountain biking, hiking and kayaking. Jack was also a musician and played guitar in his early years with bands in such places as State Bridge Lodge.
Jack is survived by his mother, Marion F. Garland of East Falmouth, Mass.; his father, Tudor Garland of West Falmouth, Mass.; three brothers, Gray James of Houston, Tex., Douglas F. Garland of East Falmouth, and Robert B. Garland of East Falmouth; and a sister, Karen Hunsicker of Sante Fe, N.M.
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Jack also leaves his longtime companion, Maggie Butler, and her daughter, Jolene, of Aspen and his godchildren, Davis James and Tasha Tudor Garland, and many nieces and nephews.
Jack is proceeded in death by his brother William T. “Billy” Garland, who died of cancer in the “80s.
There was a memorial service held in the Grace Chapel in East Falmouth on Sept. 27 just up the street from where Jack spent much of his youth. Family and friends from all over, including friends from the Vail area, attended the service. After the service, his brothers and sister committed Jack’s ashes to the sea.
Jack’s friends are planning a local memorial service at 1 p.m., Nov. 15. Those wanting to attend should contact Laddie Clark at 970-845-9607 or by e-mail, email@example.com.