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Thomas Nathan Garnish

1970-2013 WILLIAMSTOWN Thomas Nathan Garnish, 42, of Cobbleview Road, peacefully passed away at home on Saturday morning, May 11, 2013. He fought a valiant, but long, fight with pulmonary fibrosis.

Tom was born on May 19, 1970, to DeLories and Paul F. Garnish, their ninth child. He attended the public schools and graduated from Mt. Greylock Regional High School in 1989. After a bone marrow transplant in 1993 which halted the Hodgkins disease diagnosed when he was 19, he lived cancerfree for many years and was able to enjoy life.

Tom's love of the outdoors brought him to study resource management at Sterling College, Craftsbury, Vermont, where he graduated in 1995. He then went on to study boatbuilding at The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design in Arundel, Maine. His love of the outdoors, nature, and wildlife lasted his entire life.

Tom was very active in all kinds of sports, from running cross-country in high school, to crosscountry skiing and cycling. When skateboarding first came onto the scene, Tom jumped in and loved the thrill of the sport. Besides enjoying boats and being on the water, Tom was an avid snowboarder and loved to ride with his good friends and his brothers, and would travel to experience different mountain terrain. He was an intrepid mountain biker, and shared the trails and a good laugh with more friends and family. Golfing was always more fun when Tom was playing, he never took himself too seriously.

Another place Tom could be found was on his BMW motorcycle, at rallys, or riding through country roads with his good friends and family members. His love of motorcycles was nurtured first by his older brothers, who all had bikes at one point, and some still do. He enjoyed working for many years at Max BMW, in Troy, NY, first as a certified Master BMW motorcycle technician, then after his health no longer allowed him to move the bikes, he transferred to the parts department. He forged strong bonds with his workmates, who became his second family.

Throughout his life, Tom was grateful for many lifelong, very close friends. He was always in a good mood, ready to lend a helping hand, and had a quick, dry wit like his father. Tom was easy-going, yet energetic. His sensitive nature was obvious, just under the surface, yet readily accessible.

Family was very important to Tom, and he will be greatly missed by his five brothers and three sisters.

Tom is survived by his oldest brother, Paul, and wife Libby, of Williamstown, and his family; Fred, who lives in Portland, Ore., and his children; John, his wife, Holly, and their family, in Pittsford, N.Y.; Terese (Garnish) Holzthum, husband, Tom, and their three girls in Rocky Hill, Conn; James, his wife Emily and their daughter, in Seattle, Wash.; Mary (Garnish) Bauman, and husband, Alan, in Pittsfield, Mass.; Laura Garnish, and her partner, Mark, of Mill Valley, Cal. and her two boys; and Matthew and wife, Annie, and their children, in Hankins, N.Y. Tom's many nieces and nephews always enjoyed his company at family gatherings, as did all of his relatives far and near. He has many aunts, uncles, and cousins who will miss him dearly. Tom also leaves behind his beloved cat, Myrtle.

Tom is also survived by his loving mother, DeLories, who cared for him over the last months of his life.

He was pre-deceased by his father, Paul F. Garnish, in January 2011, now they are together.

Tom was a communicant of Saints Patrick and Raphael Parish in Williamstown. He always wore his LiveStrong bracelet and believed in the mission of the Livestrong Foundation.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 16, from 4-7pm, at Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams. The funeral mass will be Friday, May 17, at 11 am at Saints Patrick and Raphael Parish, 63 Southworth Street, Williamstown, officiated by Reverend Wayne C. Biernat. There will be a private memorial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Livestrong Foundation in Tom's memory through the funeral home.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 14, 2013
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