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James W. Garrett


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James W. Garrett

Monmouth Beach - James W. Garrett, 87, of Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, died surrounded by his family on February 9, 2018, after a remarkable life of faith, family, and football. He was married for fifty-nine years to his beloved wife Jane and is the father of eight children and the grandfather of twenty-eight grandchildren. He was born June 19, 1930, in Passaic, New Jersey. A graduate of Rutherford High School in Rutherford, New Jersey, and of Utah State University, he was an outstanding three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball, served as a lieutenant in the United States Army, and went to training camps with the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. He coached both football and baseball at Susquehanna University, leading the football team to a 39-11-1 record that included two undefeated seasons. He was an assistant coach in the National Football League for thirteen years and a highly regarded talent scout for the Dallas Cowboys for twenty-five years. Every summer for more than thirty years, he led workouts for Jersey Shore football prospects in the backyard of his oceanfront home in Monmouth Beach. Beginning in 1981, he ran two miles every single day until the day he suffered a stroke in 2012. A gifted public speaker and wonderful storyteller, he kept his family and friends inspired with his stories. Throughout his entire life he always gave his beloved wife Jane all the credit for the many years of happiness in their marriage and within their large family.

Visitation will be Friday, February 16 from 3 - 8 p.m. at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank, NJ 07701. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, February 17 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Precious Blood, 72 Riverdale Ave., Monmouth Beach followed by burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. In his memory and in honor of his love of faith, family, and football, donations may be made to Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 6 Drummond Place, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701 or at their Website: www.FCANJ.org
Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 14, 2018
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