LAMOINE ME -Michael F. Garrett died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, of complications of heart failure. He was 76 years of age.
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Michael was born and raised in Cleveland, one of four children of George Basil and Nina Summers Garrett. He attended parochial and public schools in Cleveland before matriculating to Allegheny College from which he graduated with a BA in Economics.
In 1956 he married Elizabeth Watts. They have five children.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army where he spent two years in an army base band in Kitzingen, Germany. He then attended Vanderbilt University, receiving a MAT in teaching.
Michael spent the next forty years at the Concord High School; 15 years a teacher; 25 as Assistant Principal. He coached the high school baseball team for four years and later acted as 'head' coach of the Concord YMCA swim team for a decade. For ten years he served on the Concord City Council where his proudest accomplishment was introducing legislation creating the Concord Conservation Commission. He was also elected Chairman of the Concord Charter Revision Committee which drafted Concord's current charter. He was a member of the Concord YMCA Board of Directors for five years.
He enjoyed travel, having been to Europe, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Alaska, Alberta and six trips to East Africa combining safaris with visits to his African based daughter, Cam.
After retirement in 2000, he moved to coastal Maine where he served as Secretary to the Planning Board for ten years. In December 2010 he was designated Citizen of Year by the Board of Selectman of Lamoine.
He leaves his wife, Bette and five children, Christopher, Patrick, Cameron, Merrill and Carter; seven grand children and a sister. Two brothers predeceased him.
He specifically requests no service be held and no memorial donations be designated.
Published in The Concord Monitor on June 23, 2011