Terrence “Terry” J. Garbuzinski, 46
Veteran and Captain in U.S. Navy Reserve
Defense and Space Industry Vice President
Terrence “Terry” J. Garbuzinski, 46, of Laurie Lane, North Attleboro, a “true patriot” who trained hundreds of submarine crews as an officer in the U.S. Navy and a devoted family man, died on Thursday, March 25, 2010 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident when his vehicle was struck by a wrong-way driver on Route 95 North in Stonington, Connecticut. He was the husband of Jennifer R. (McDaid) Garbuzinski to whom he was married on June 18, 1988.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee on October 3, 1963, he was a son of Henry J. Garbuzinski of Memphis, Tennessee and the late Margaret (Edmundson) Garbuzinski.
Mr. Garbuzinski was a 1981 graduate of Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tennessee and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1985.
Raised and educated in his native Memphis, Tennessee, he moved to North Attleboro on July 31, 1991 having previously resided in Warwick, Rhode Island for two years.
“He had the highest integrity and ethics,” said his brother-in-law Edwin A. McDaid. “He was a dedicated husband and family man and he was completely dedicated to his country and the Navy.”
Since January 1993, he worked closely with the U.S. Navy as an engineer and vice president of Sonalysts, Inc., a defense and space industry company based in Waterford, Connecticut, with a dozen offices around the country with clients in government, corporate and entertainment industries.
Following his graduation from the Naval Academy, Mr. Garbuzinski was a nuclear power training student from September 1985 until January 1987. He was then employed as a Division Officer for the U.S. Navy from March 1987 – July 1990 aboard the USS Philadelphia and from August 1990 until October 1992 he served as an instructor for the U.S. Navy at a navy submarine school.
He was a decorated nuclear submarine officer while on active duty and traveled all over the world for the past 15 years in the Navy Reserves to train submarine crews. “He was a person of the highest caliber. He basically dedicated his life to the U.S. Navy and the U.S. submarine force,” said Capt. Dennis McKelvey, his immediate supervisor.
Mr. Garbuzinski was a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni, the U.S. Gold Dolphins Association, the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School Alumni, the U.S Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation and the U.S. Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officers.
In 2008, Mr. Garbuzinski was the recipient of the distinguished Robert M. Thompson Award for outstanding civilian leadership that is awarded to a civilian, government official or retired officer who has made a personal contribution to furthering the importance of sea power through his or her efforts as a civilian. It is the highest national award bestowed upon civilians.
Along with his wife and family, he traveled all over the world and through his work travels and personal trips he was able to pack a lifetime of memories into the two decades he treasured with his wife and children.
Although a Tennessee native his allegiance as a “sports fanatic” was with the Boston teams that he grew to love and support, especially the Boston Red Sox.
His family will remember him best as a wonderful and dedicated husband and father who devoted himself tirelessly to them.
He was a communicant of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in the Attleboro Falls section of North Attleboro.
In addition to his wife of almost 22 years and his father, he leaves two sons: Michael James Garbuzinski and John Patrick Garbuzinski both at home in North Attleboro; two sisters: Stephanie Dowdy of Louisville, Kentucky and Patricia Garbuzinski of Clarksville, Tennessee; a brother: Henry Garbuzinski of Memphis, Tennessee; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: William J., Sr. and Jane A. (Kennealey) McDaid of Canton; a sister-in-law: Linda A. McDaid of Hayward, California; two brothers-in-law: William J. McDaid, Jr. of Brooklyn, New York and Edwin A. McDaid of Canton and two nieces.
He was the brother of the late Mary E. “Mary Beth” Garbuzinski.
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend visitation with Veteran’s Honors on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM in the “Memorial Chapel” of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue (exit 5 off I-95 N or S, go right at end of ramp, ¾ mile on the left) Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro.
Children’s room available during visitation.
Those in need of a local ride to visitation may call the funeral home at (508) 695-0200 to make an advance reservation for such gratis transportation.
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial with Military Honors on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 10:00 AM at St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church, 105 Stanley Street (exit 5 off I-95 N or S, go right at end of ramp, turn right onto Stanley Street in ½ mile and travel to end of Stanley Street), Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro with the Rev. Thomas A. Frechette, Pastor, officiating.
There will be no public funeral cortege from the funeral home prior to the Mass of Christian Burial.
Burial will be private.
Please do not send flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Moebius Syndrome Foundation, PO Box 147, Pilot Grove, MO 65276 or by accessing the organization’s website at www.moebiussyndrome.com or calling (660) 834-3406.
To send the family a written expression of sympathy, please visit an online register book located on the internet at www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro.
Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette on Mar. 27, 2010.