Thomas Edward Garside
Thomas Edward Garside passed away in Rancho Mirage, California on November 17, 2012 after tackling and defying the odds of a multi-year cancer battle, driven by his Irish grit, courage and love of life. He was born in Portland, Ore., November 28, 1920. He is survived by his sisters, Peggy Parker (Ted) of Oceanside, Calif. and Sue Polzoni of Issaquah, Wash.
Tom was preceded in death in 2008, by his wife Ethel Grace Garside (Hyde). Tom met Ethel in Portland and they were married in San Diego, Calif. in 1943, where Tom was stationed in the United States Marine Corps
prior to his service in the Pacific during World War II
. In 1946, Tom received an honorable discharge and the couple returned to Portland. Tom began a long and successful career in the maritime industry in the Pacific Northwest, beginning in 1950 in Portland, Ore. and a 17-year career with Crowley Maritime Corporation in Seattle, Wash. In 1992, Tom retired, but remained a consultant for Crowley Maritime Corporation, First Interstate Bank, and President of Hagar Management Corporation.
Tom and Ethel's main passion, golf, led them to join and play at many golf courses. Among their memberships was at Seattle's Broadmoor Golf Club, where in 1992, Tom served as Club President. In 1997, sunnier days and much dryer greens beckoned them to move to Palm Desert, Calif. where they joined Desert Island Golf Club.
Tom and Ethel made many great friends along the way, but the light of their lives were their children; Sons Tim Garside of Toronto, Ontario (Lou) and Pat Garside of Lake Oswego, Ore. (Leda) and Daughter, Lissa Gruman of Clyde Hill, Wash. (Paul), in addition to their grandchildren, Taylor and Paige Gruman and Matthew and Adam Garside.
The family would especially like to thank Dr. Chris Flores of Palm Desert, Calif. for his amazing medical care and personal attention; Becky Gallegos and Sandy Sanchez; the caring professionals who have spent many years as wonderful caregivers and companions, and without whom, Tom would not have been able to live out his desert dreams with his inherent style, grace and dignity.
Forest Lawn, Cathedral City, Calif. is in charge of arrangements where both Tom and Ethel will be interred. There will be no services and the family suggests that any remembrances be made in Tom's name to: Soldiers Organized Service (SOS) SosRide.Org or YMCA of the Desert c/o Yanet Nunez (760) 341-9622 x 28.