Brian Matthew GARCIA
GARCIA, Brian Matthew
Brian Matthew Garcia, 27, of West Palm Beach, died September 25, 2015. Brian was the beloved son of Isidro M. Garcia and Sally Schmidt and brother to Sarah Alicia Garcia. He is also survived by his infant daughter, Autumn; his grandmother, Nora A. Garcia; his aunt, Maria Garcia Landry; many cousins; and the love of his life, Faith. Brian loved the ocean and enjoyed boating with his family and friends, fishing, free-diving, spearfishing and nature photography. His favorite sports were skateboarding, snowboarding and beach volleyball. He was a skilled athlete and a talented filmmaker. He appeared as an actor in the Greek tragedy "Media" at Palm Beach Community College and attended UB Kinsey Elementary School of the Arts, Bach Middle School of the Arts and G-Star School of the Arts. Brian suffered from severe depression, which led to substance abuse. After many attempts to recover through detox and rehabilitation programs, Brian finally succumbed to the disease. Brian died of a heroin overdose, as did five other young adults in Palm Beach County this past weekend. A memorial service and reception will be held (Today) Wednesday, September 30, at Tropical Sands Christian Church, 2726 Burns Rd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, beginning at 6:00PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Tropical Sands Christian Church, Memo: Recovery, in support of its addiction recovery program or if preferred to a college fund for his daughter, Autumn. To all of you who also suffer from the disease of addiction, or from any issue that is deeply troubling you, Brian's family implores you to seek out help from family and friends or start by dialing 211. Please talk it out. Never give up on your hopes and dreams of finding health and sobriety.
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Published by The Palm Beach Post from Sep. 30 to Oct. 1, 2015.
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Memorial service
Tropical Sands Christian Church,
2726 Burns Rd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL
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I also feel your pain. I loss my beautiful daughter to this horrible disease, she was 2 months from her 21st bd. I feel the guilt, and yet I know we did all we could to help her, she just wasn't ready. Maybe her and your son Brian are angels together. My thoughts are deeply with the family.
Tammie Smith
August 10, 2016
God bless this family during this difficult time. And May Brian Garcia RIP
February 17, 2016
Dear Sally, Sid and Sarah,

While no words can bring comfort in the loss of Brian I pray that his precious baby daughter Faith will bring joy to your lives and be the beautiful reflection of all that you loved in Brian.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Gail Wahl
October 14, 2015
Gail Wahl
October 13, 2015
We were supposed to be going to the football game today in Tallahassee. Just like two years ago. I got 10 tickets. I think we would have enjoyed it. I miss you my dear son.
Isidro Garcia
October 10, 2015
Heartfelt condolences to all in the Garcia Family & prayers for Brian to rest in peace.
Paula Prudente
October 7, 2015
Gabriela Melim
October 5, 2015
I don't know you or your family, but it was brave to put it out there for the whole world to see. Continue to be brave !! Make people aware not just today, but somehow, always. Don't let us forget his name. Drug related deaths are so unnecessary and such a shame. I'm sorry for your loss, your son sounded like a fine man, who probably never meant for this to happen. I will keep your family in my thoughts. I'm personally not a drug user, but someone in my family, very close to me is a drug user, and i fear that phone call all the time. I wish they understood that they are not alone and that life is precious. Hugs and kisses for that baby girl and Faith also. Again, I'm sorry for your loss.
Yvette Louise
October 4, 2015
Coming from a family with many members suffering from the same and similar conditions and issues, I would just like to express deepest sympathy for your enormous loss and great admiration for your courage. God bless.
October 4, 2015
You Have My Deepest Condolences....I to Feel Your pain. My son died in a car crash 2 yrs. ago this month. He left behind two beautiful sons, which only one was his biological son. He to was very athletic and never knew a Stanger. I found out after his death that he feed the homeless near his condo, he was always thinking of orhers before himself. He to spent his 18th birthday in rehab and struggled against depression, alcohol, and many different kinds of drugs over the years.The hardest thing for me to except was what more could I have done, I'm always questioning myself.Although he's not hear with me anymore I never forget for a minute how much happiness and life he always gave to his parents, brother and children.My faith helps me everyday and I know it's to soon, but one day I pray it helps you and your family. Your not alone!
May God give you ans your family the strength to go forward.
Cyndi Himes
October 3, 2015
October 3, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. I too am a mother with a son suffering from this disease. Your right if love was the cure, how many would still be with us. I pray you find some peace in the coming days.
October 3, 2015
I'm so sorry for your loss. I never knew Brian, but I also suffer from Bi Polar Disorder, and it can be a scary thing especially if he had only recently been diagnosed. Before diagnosis, not knowing what is happening is terrifying at times. I'm sorry he was unable to find peace in life. He is at peace now. He sounds like such an amazing young man, it is a great loss to the world. My condolences to you all
Laura Nolan
October 3, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I also lost a son to an heroin overdose in 2008. He was only 24 years old. I am forever changed. I lost a part of me the day he died. God bless you all.
Lisa Watson
October 2, 2015
All I heard over the past few days were people saying (myself included) that they wished they had done something more or said something more. I will regret the unsaid words and actions, but what I will not regret is the good fortune I had to have known Brian and to have met his parents. There was so much love and Brian always carried that love in his heart and in his actions. After Brian's beautiful service, a young man Brian was close to told me what a great person he thought Brian was and that because of Brian he vowed to judge less and to look daily for nice things to say. I told him that was Brian's gift to him. I will join him and I will try to be more like Brian kind, humble, thoughtful and I will do that in honor of him - one day at a time. I love you Brian.
Kerry Roesser
October 1, 2015
Rest in Peace.
Ibeth Franceschi
September 30, 2015
I have a pictures of Sid and Brian when he was a baby on his Dad's chest and of Sally holding Brian.

There are no words . . .

September 30, 2015
praying for peace for you all...
September 30, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Dan and Wendy Aidif
September 30, 2015
Brian was my student in Biology at GStar. Although a bit of a comic in class he did his best and I appreciate his perserverance and talent . He was dearly loved by his friends and was the pied piper to his piers, always a leader; never a follower, I witnessed his loyalty to his sister and I know he will be sorely missed
Allison Isanuk
September 30, 2015
May God bless you Sid, Sally, Sarah, and Faith, and may He bring you strength and comfort. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
With love- Chris Larson
Chris Larson
September 30, 2015
Sending prayers to your family and friends. You do not know me but I lived in Florida for years and follow the news down there. I have had 2 friends here in Kentucky loose family members to that vicious drug. Northern Kentucky has with his whole county is dealing with this terrible epidemic. We have one of the highest death rates in the country here in Ky. Please keep doing what you are doing to spread awareness of this. May Gid get you they this difficult time and in the future. Praying for peace.
Denise Ross
September 30, 2015
My heart and prayers go out to you with Blessings galore.
Trisha Cain-West
Trisha Cain-West
September 30, 2015
Dear Sally, Sid and Sarah

We are so sorry to hear of Brian's passing. We fondly remember him from UBK, MSOA AND GSTAR, We often commented on how special of a bond we noticed between Brian and Sarah.
Please know your whole family is and will remain in our thoughts and prayers, Heaven has a New Angel.
With Love,
Nancy, Bob, Catie and Caroline Case
Nancy Case
September 30, 2015
Sending Love to you all. Brian was a beautiful soul. -Taylor
September 30, 2015
Sally and Sid. There are not words to express the grief that you are feeling. Lean on the lord for comfort and he will see you through this difficult time. You are in my prayers.
Take Care
Don Isaac
September 30, 2015
Rest in Peace, Brian. Prayers to all of you at this time.
MaryAnn Corsaro Cianciulli
September 30, 2015
To Faith and the Family of Brian Garcia,
Words cannot express my sadness at this difficult time.
I never had the opportunity to meet Brian. But, I could certainly see the love in his eyes for our, Dear Faith and his beautiful daughter, Autumn. Only God has the answers as to why and when these 'life events' happen. I hope you all know you did your very best in helping your loved one, Brian. May you find comfort in that and with each other. Hold onto the beautiful memories always. Bless you in the days ahead.
I regret that I cannot attend the services, because I live far away. I do hope to be able to comfort my niece, Faith during her journey. Sending Our Deepest Sympathy and Love, Aunt MaryAnn Corsaro-Cianciulli and Uncle Pat Cianciulli
September 30, 2015
My heart broke when I heard the news about Brian. Can't imagine how heavy your hearts are now. He left behind his bright light in his daughter - may she continue to bring you all his joy!
Karen Garcia
September 30, 2015
We are so sadden to hear of Brian's passing he is in our thoughts and prayers as well as your family. Brian was always a complete gentleman and very respectful in our home. He was particularly kind and helpful to our grandson Jamie who has CP and Jamie enjoyed Brian's companionship. Thank you Brian for your kindness and gentle ways and rest in peace now in Gods loving arms.

Bob & Sandy Techman

(Ashley and Hannah's Nana&Papa)
September 30, 2015
Maria Isabella Sturges
September 30, 2015
Sorry for your loss. I never met Brian in person but was the least because I watched him every day and when I don't see him I call worried what was happening with him. I saw his adventures and looked at his pictures full of life was like I knew him forever, I saw a Brian young, loved, beautiful, healthy, with that smile that sometimes looks little sad. Brian will be greatly missed, I hope he has found peace in his soul.
The family and loved ones, that going to be hard and sad is not going to be easy and no magic word can't cure the pain but with so many memories that you have and all the love you gave to him with handfuls you going to have a lot to remember him and continue loving him so the pain you feel by his absence will be more bearable each day.
Maria Isabella Sturges
September 30, 2015
With deepest sympathy for your loss. May God's loving future promises console your hearts. (John 3:16; 5:28,29)
September 30, 2015
I'm so sorry to hear of Brian's passing. Brian and my son were great skateboard buddies when they were younger. I remember Brian as a polite young man. My deepest sympathies to the family!
Cherie' Beck
September 30, 2015
I remember Brian being a little boy at Palm Beach Public Elementary School. I used to stay close to him because he cried and I believed he wanted to be protected. This way I got closer to him and to Sally, his mom. I didn't see him again after I left the school, but never forgot him because he turned to be very special and close to my heart. May he find the peace he needed. May God bless him and his family.
Lolita Sousa
September 30, 2015
Our family was so sad to hear of Brian's passing. Our condolences to his family and many friends.
Margie and Jeff Yansura and family
Margie Yansura
September 30, 2015
RIP Brian you were a sweet and thoughtful young man. Always so polite. I remember when you brought my grandson an Easter basket I thought it was the nicest thing and so nice to see such thoughtfulness in a young man. You will be missed my prayers are with you & your family.
Debra Vipperman
September 30, 2015
Beautiful tribute, I and thousands of others will be in Washington this weekend trying in a small way to do what you have done here, end the stigma and increase the availability for help. Idid not know Brian but he will not e forgotten. Thank you for your courage and prayers for your grief.
Michael Danis
September 30, 2015
Brian, the love we had for each other was truly special and not many people will have a chance to share the kind of bond we had. I miss not only my boyfriend but my best friend. I love you.
September 30, 2015
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