George Edward McGarity
1930 - 2018
Douglass Edgerley & Bessom Funeral Home
25 Sanborn Street
Reading, MA
READING, Mass. - George Edward McGarity, 88, of Reading, MA and Fryeburg, ME, died surrounded by family on November 24th after a brief illness. Born the youngest of five children to Julia Shea of Kenmare, Ireland and Thomas F. McGarity of Somerville, MA, George was raised in Dorchester by his beloved sister Marguerite and her husband Tim Holland. After graduating from the Dorchester High School for Boys, class of '48, he worked a variety of jobs including delivering milk for Hood, and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. George was a very proud Marine, and served in Korea as a sergeant in "Dog" Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines (D/2/1). He was wounded during combat in the "Punchbowl Valley," serving as squad leader in action that would earn him the Purple Heart and send him to Japan for months of recuperation in a military hospital before discharge. After serving in Korea, George started his family with his first wife Marilyn (O'Brien). They had four children and built their lives first in Cambridge and later in Reading, MA, where George remained throughout the rest of his life. He began his career as a policeman, working his way from patrolman with the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) to sergeant and later detective lieutenant inspector with the Massachusetts State Police, graduating with honors from North Shore Community College along the way. He earned the respect and friendship of colleagues and adversaries alike, often befriending reluctant witnesses or paroled criminals who found George more friend than foe. After his career in law enforcement he continued his connections with associates through his private investigation practice. A self-described "trained observer," his lifetime of service was inspirational as well as productive. The early 1980s would bring the next phase of George's life as he and his second wife Rebecca Longley embarked upon their lives together. In his 50s, George took up downhill skiing, long-distance biking, and a love of sailing as he and Becky traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and across the world. Whether at home or abroad, he was often found reading a good book and drinking a beer, and the crossword was usually mastered by midmorning. His laugh was infectious, his story-telling hilarious, and his ever-present whistling the sound of contentment. George was a proud Marine, dedicated policeman, devoted father, husband, grandfather and friend. When once asked what he collected, he replied, "friends." He leaves countless behind, joins others, and what remains is a legacy of accomplishment, love, and humor. George was predeceased by son Michael and daughter Denise. He is survived by wife Rebecca of Reading, daughter Lynne Perry and husband Jeff of Scarborough, ME, daughter Christine Mackenzie and husband Don of Cape Elizabeth, ME, daughter-in-law Anette and husband Gary Lipman of Ft. Lee, NJ, grandchildren Sam, Elyse, Julia, Joshua, George, Lily and Michael, great-grandchildren Tanner and Emilia, and many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be from 4-8 PM on Thursday, November 29th at Douglass, Edgerly & Bessom Funeral Home, 25 Sanborn St., Reading MA. A funeral service will be held at the same location at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 30th followed by internment at Wood End Cemetery at 40 Franklin St., Reading.For directions and online guest book visit johnbdouglassfuneralhome.comIn lieu of flowers, donations to the Disabled American Veterans c/o DAV National Service Office JFK Federal Building Room 1575B Government CenterBoston, MA 02203 would be appreciated.

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Published by Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 27, 2018.
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I'm saddened to hear of your loss. Thank you contacting me and May you find peace in the days to come.
Lisa Megna
December 13, 2018
Lynne, Christine and Becky I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad/ husband was such a great man. I will always remember his great smile. Thinking of all the McGarity family, hugs and prayers to such a great family.
Joanie Maliar Genzler
November 29, 2018
Offering our sincere condolences. May the God of love comfort your heart and make you firm in your time of grief. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17.
November 29, 2018
Thank you for your service.
November 27, 2018
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
November 27, 2018
Lynne and family: So very sorry about the loss of your beloved father/grandfather. Sending prayers for comfort and strength during these very sad days.
Jan MacKay
November 27, 2018
Sincere condolences to the family of George Edward McGarity for your loss. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Psalms 143:7
November 27, 2018
We all have a grand hope for the future, even though we may fall asleep in death. God has a purpose for us all.
"John 6:40"

November 27, 2018
Rebecca and family, on behalf of the Retired Association of Metropolitan Police, please accept our most heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends during this time of sadness.
Semper Fi, Brother
Retired Association of Metropolitan Police
November 26, 2018
To my Favorite Uncle George, RIP and Semper Fi . My condolences to Becky and to my cousins Lynne and Christine and their families. He'll be missed by many, You're in my thoughts and prayers, Hugs, Ginny Dale
November 26, 2018
This book of memories is to serve as a record of the services you entrusted to us. We hope it will help to preserve treasured memories and that we, in some small measure, have helped to ease your burden and bring you comfort.
John B. Douglass & John B. Douglass II
November 26, 2018
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