DOVER — Thomas Randall Garrity was born in Fall River, Mass. on Aug. 11, 1951. He died on April 26, 2012, at Riverside Nursing Home in Dover, after a long illness.
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Tom graduated from Somerset High School in Somerset, Mass. in 1969. He attended Lowell University before transferring to Franklin Institute in Boston and graduating with honors with an Associates Degree in Auto Mechanics in 1972. He lived in Somerset all his life.
Tom was a volunteer firefighter and fire apparatus maintainer in both Somerset and Swansea, Mass. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant. Tom loved hunting, fishing, feeding the birds, gardening, tinkering with and restoring mechanical and electrical equipment of all types, and cooking for his friends. Many will remember his talent for cooking clam boils for large crowds to raise funds for local charitable efforts! Tom owned and operated Tom's Citgo Station in Somerset for many years before he went to work for Daley's Oil and later the Somerset Water Department. After a stroke in 2009, Tom moved to Dover, where he was cared for by his brother John and family at the Riverside Nursing Home.
Tom is survived by his mother, Amy W. Garrity, formerly of Somerset, Mass. and now of Dover; his brother, John H. Garrity III of Newfields; sister-in-law, Rev. Susan E. Garrity of Dover; nephew, John T. Garrity of Hollis, N.H. and his family; and niece, Ellen (Garrity) Foord of Dover and her family.
His father, John H. Garrity Jr. passed away in Dec. of 2011.
A private Memorial Service will be held in Dover, N.H. Burial will be at Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery in Swansea, MA on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tom's name to St. Thomas' Episcopal Church of Dover NH.
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Published in Fosters from April 28 to April 29, 2012