Michael Victor Garzillo
R.M. Edgerly and Son, Inc. - Rochester
86 S. Main Street
Rochester, NH
ROCHESTER - Michael Victor Garzillo, of Rochester, N.H., died Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 82, at Frisbie Memorial Hospital after a period of failing health. His family was by his side. His intelligence and generosity personified a man who loved his family, teaching, writing, editing, hunting, fishing, boating, camping, and his adopted home town of Rochester for forty-five years. His humor, effort, and concern for others were why he was appreciated, loved, and will always be missed.

He was predeceased by parents Michael D. Garzillo and Anne (DeMarco) Garzillo of Plainfield, N.J., and is survived by his loving wife of fifty-seven years, Jean (Furnari) Garzillo, as well as son Jon Garzillo and his wife Tina of King of Prussia, Pa., son Tom Garzillo and his wife Terri of McKinney, Texas, and son Michael D. Garzillo and his wife Carol of Beaverton, Ore. He is also survived by his sister Victoria (Garzillo) Vuolde and her husband George of N.J., brother-in-law Fred Tuozzolo and wife Marti of Pa., grandchildren Drew, Christian, Isabella, Charlie, Deanna, Samantha, Lauren (Garzillo) Addalli and husband Peter.

Michael was born June 19, 1935 in Plainfield, N.J., graduated from Plainfield High School (Plainfield, N.J.) in 1953, was VP of his senior class, a guard on his state champion football team, and a member of the MAC club. After attending Rutgers University as a Forestry Major, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served in active duty from 1954 until 1957 and was honorably discharged as a Sargent (E4); his medals included National Defense Service Medal and Expert Rifleman. The GI Bill allowed him to enroll in Montclair State University. He graduated in June, 1961 with a BA in Education. He met wife Jean there; they married in 1960.

After teaching for two years in New Jersey, he became an agent with Allstate Insurance, was promoted to District Sales Manager, and remained one for ten years while earning multiple awards. In 1972 he moved his family to New Hampshire to become the owner-operator of Glidden's Tackle Shop, renaming it Sunrise Sports Center, because of his love of the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and teaching others. However, since owning the store kept him from doing the activities he loved, he dissolved the sporting goods store to become a classroom teacher again.

In 1974, he became a teacher at McClelland School. A year later, he was the teaching-principal at Maple School, and then became the Vice Principal of Spaulding Junior High. Next, he was an English teacher at Spaulding High School. He taught at SHS for over twenty years and created the Power Reading, Journalism, and Photography curriculum. He received his Master's in Education from UNH in 1976, earned numerous teacher appreciation awards and certificates, plus he was the Vice President of the Rochester Teacher's Union; his contributions included the sick bank as well as excellent, lifelong benefits. He loved teaching because of the students. They remember him fondly.

In the early 1970s he also became a columnist for the Foster's Daily Democrat for twenty-four years before moving to the Portsmouth Herald. In 1981 he became a member of the New England Outdoor Writers Association, including President in 1999. He was awarded a Lifetime Membership because of his many contributions to outdoor writing and editing, which included being a freelance writer and contributing editor of Outdoor Times, he wrote the New Hampshire chapter for Macmillan Fishing Encyclopedia, was the NH editor for the New York Sportsmen magazine, was the NH editor of Outdoor Life Magazine for seventeen years, and was a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America for six years. He volunteered for the New Hampshire Fish & Game's Partners in Conservation, and the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration.

He also supported a variety of children and veteran's charities, and was a member of the Order Of Sons of Italy in America for forty years. He is also survived by niece-goddaughter Gina (Vuolde) Olkowski, nephew Georgio Vuolde, niece Vicky (Vuolde) Zahler, their spouses and children.

His family would like to thank the staff of Frisbie Memorial Hospital, as well as the Cornerstone VNA of Rochester, for their excellent care and compassion.

SERVICES: Family and friends may visit Saturday, September 2, 2017, for a viewing from 1-2:30 p.m., at R.M. Edgerly & Son Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., in Rochester. The memorial celebration will follow at 2:30 p.m., in the chapel of the funeral home, officiated by Reverend Thomas Duston.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mike's name to his favorite charities: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Box 50, Memphis, TN, or Toys for Tots, National Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 4002036, Des Moines, Iowa, or the charity of your choice. To sign the online guestbook please go to www.edgerlyfh.com.

Published by Foster's Daily Democrat from Aug. 30 to Sep. 3, 2017.
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Mr. Garzillo was one of the most inspiring teachers I have ever had. He was so entertaining in his teaching, that most of the time you didn't realize you were in a class. I am sorry to hear of his passing. My Condolences...
Rich Brotherton
August 19, 2021
Dad, Mom and I worked on your obituary together. I'm sure you could tell. Writing it for the Fosters after all your years with them was intimidating but Mom was great to do it with, and we got a lot of compliments. My regret is that we should have ended it with "keep your lines tight and your powder dry". I don't know why we didn't think of it but I know you would have because you're a better editor than me or mom. One more reason I will miss you forever. Love you dad.
Michael Garzillo
September 21, 2017
So sad to hear. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
September 4, 2017
So sorry for your loss. I worked with Mike and he always had a smile on his face. He will be missed. RIP
Ann Larochelle
September 3, 2017
Jon and family, I was sorry to hear about your Fathers passing. I always enjoyed talking to your Dad and faithfully read his column in the Fosters and Outdoor Life. I will always remember the ending of his column in the Fosters " keep your line tight and your powder dry" that says it all! May God bless you.
Larry Grondin
September 2, 2017
Jean and family
Sorry for your loss.
David Keller
September 2, 2017
So sorry He was a good guy was one of my teachers enjoyed listening to his stories so sorry
Donald Brooks. Rochester n h
September 1, 2017
Mike was a person whom I respected and enjoyed being with during our years of NEOWA membership.
Gary Moore
September 1, 2017
Enjoyed our times together fly fishing, fly tying, and swapping tall tales at Hackle and Tackle meetings. Hope there is fly fishing in heaven. My condolences to the Garzillo family.
Ronald Couture
September 1, 2017
So sorry to hear about Mike. May God bless you all and give you comfort.
With love,
Anna Towle
September 1, 2017
To a great teacher. Rip. Mr. Garzillo. Spaulding 1984.
Dawn Page (Hubbard)
September 1, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss, Mike was a fine man and great guy to go for advice !
Sharon and Doug Ridley
September 1, 2017
I had Mr Garzillo for senior english at Spaulding and he was a great teacher. Sounds like he had a long and full life. My condolences to his family
Lynn Gauthier
August 31, 2017
So many share the sorrow of his family.. He was a great influence on my daughter, Sarah, While teaching at Spaulding. His wisdom and kindness will always be treasured.
August 31, 2017
Rest in Peace sir! You touched many lives and will be missed.
Kimberly Force
August 31, 2017
A life well lived
Mark Banks
August 31, 2017
Rest In Peace, Mike! You were a great teacher and, more importantly, a great and caring person.
Bruce May
August 31, 2017
Jean, I'm so sorry to hear about Mikes passing. My memories of him will never fade. He was always ready with a quick jab and he had a great sense of humor. May he Rest In Peace.
Marc Bergeron
August 31, 2017
Rest in Peace Mr. Garzillo. You were one of the great ones. Your spirit lives on in your family and may your family be comforted by the many wonderful memories they have. " Be Still. Close your eyes.. breathe- listen for my footfalls in your heart. I am not gone but merely walk within you."
Jason S
August 31, 2017
Mrs. Garzillo, Jon, Tom & Mike, we are deeply sorry to hear of your loss. He was one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to spend time with. Sending prayers of comfort & support.
Steven & Marguerite Smith
August 31, 2017
RIP Mr.Garzillo!!!!!
Diana Kellogg
August 31, 2017
Deepest sympathies to the Garzillo family...a wonderful man who impacted so many people, both students and adults alike.
Teresa and John Connelly
August 31, 2017
I took Power Reading with Mr. Garzillo in 1991. He was such a kind (and silly) teacher. He made me laugh everyday and I really enjoyed his class. I'm very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with all of you.
Maureen Todd Greene
August 31, 2017
Saddened by the loss of a dear friend. Condolences to your entire family and friends.

Stu & Linda Bristol
August 31, 2017
Memory eternal to a gifted teacher whose candle still burns brightly for his pupils - his light lives on in them. Our deepest condolences to his family.
Jim & Meg Lark
August 31, 2017
Jean and Garzillo Family. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you.
Rene and Luanne Cardinal
Wayne and Pal Cardinal
August 31, 2017
Dear Jean and Family,
With my deepest sympathy in the loss of Mike.
Marie Chobanian
Marie Chobanian
August 31, 2017
Mike was always one of our family's favorite people. His humor, wisdom, caring personality and knowledge of the out of doors were always present in our conversations and time spent with him. Our love and hugs go out to all his family!
Dave and Judy Robbins
August 30, 2017
Mike & Tom, Prayers that your memories carry you through this weekend and know that your Dad is looking down on all of you from heaven.
Gregory Sylvain
August 30, 2017
Jean, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Anna & Bill Ingram
August 30, 2017
Garzillo family, may the God of all comfort grant you peace at this difficult time.
August 30, 2017
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