James Arnold Garrett
Garrett, James Arnold AVERILL PARK James Arnold Garrett passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2017, two days before his 69th birthday. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and is survived by his mother, Marjorie Nichols Garrett of Rochester; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Randy and Gayle Garrett of Fairport, N.Y., Don and Debbie Garrett of Old Fort, N.C., and Bob and Tricia Garrett of Lake Placid, along with several cousins, nieces and nephews. Immediate family includes wife, Marillyn Garrett of Averill Park; son and daughter-in-law, Chad Garrett and Brittney Wilburn of Boulder, Colo.; daughter and son-in-law, Tossy Garrett and Paul Brown of Northfield Vt.; and five grandchildren, Morgan, Estelle and Ansel Garrett and Henry and Calvin Brown. Jim had a brave year of fighting cancer and other illnesses; his family feels blessed to have had this time with him. Jim felt great love for and dedication to his marriage and family and was also improved and fed by partnership with Marillyn. He had focus and ambition in his professional life, starting multiple successful businesses in the addiction and recovery field and helping countless people better their lives through counselling and creation of new recovery pathways. From college years and throughout his life, sports and the outdoors were a source of joy and passion. He played football, basketball and lacrosse, ran marathons, completed triathalons, hiked in the Adirondacks, biked, skied and swam. His family will carry his spirit forward with a sense of adventure, love and tenderness. There will be a public memorial service on Sunday, July 23, from 1-3 p.m. at Pat's Barn at the Rensselaer Technology Park, 110 DeFreest Drive, Troy. Visit perrykomdat.com for a private guestbook.


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Published by Albany Times Union on Jul. 16, 2017.
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I never met Jim, but it seems like he has guided me along the long lonesome highways to home. Marilyn sold me their RV and I drove it from Albany NY to Hermann, MO in about 28 hours. It was very easy to drive and keep up with everyone else. The one thing that helped me stay awake and have a safe trip was the radio. It must have been added as an upgrade since it has so many features. As I would drive along through the hills, valleys, & tunnels in NY, PA, WV, OH, IN & IL, the radio would some how come on by itself with some loud static. At first I thought it was one of the semi-trucks passing me with a loud engine or transmission.
But, after about the fourth time I realized it was the radio. It sure did wake me up. I was driving a used motorhome I had never driven before and was wondering all the time if it would suddenly fall apart or self destruct. So maybe Jim was playing tricks on me and keeping me wide awake. He must have really enjoyed that radio and maybe still does. Thanks Jim!
Karl Paubel
October 14, 2019
It has been years now and I still think of Jim every day. Wondering what he would say to me about a situation; just miss talking to him .. seeing him. He did talk of his family.. anyone that knows jim knows that he loved his family, and his work. I will always remember jim, and will always wish to meet with him again one day.
Mia Gabriel
July 12, 2019
Jim was a loved member of a bunch of guys that all grew up together. Our jobs and families have spread us out geographically but when we are able to meet , it is like we never left. He was a loved friend of ours for over sixty years. We all have Great memories of our time with Jim and they will always bring a smile to our face!! I carry Randys salute to Jim and view it often.
Terry Murphy
Friend
July 10, 2019
Jim was one of my employers in the early 90's who always impressed me with his energy, enthusiasm and commitment in assisting the addicted in their recovery. During one of his presentations at a Problem Gambling Seminar attended by over 100 people in Schenectady, New York, he asked for volunteers for a family role-play and no one was volunteering to be the husband of the problem gambling wife. I was just on the verge of standing up when he said. "Okay Mark, get up here!" For the next 20 minutes I had the pleasure of watching him perform family therapy in his firm but loving and caring manner. It was only a few months ago that I was told of his passing and as I write this I am experiencing such a sense of deep loss.
Mark DiMartino
May 25, 2018
James was the best man I have ever known..
Mia Gabriel
September 7, 2017
Jim leaves a large hole in this world and in people's hearts. He helped so many people in his practice. He was so dear to our family. We are so grateful for the guidance Jim gave our family during a difficult time. He will be remembered for the kind, compassionate and intelligent man and therapist he was. -C.H.
August 29, 2017
Sorry to hear of Jims passing. Having grown up in only one house, and being next door neighbors. It's sad to hear. My deepest condolences to the family.
Alan Lyon
Neighbor
August 2, 2017
Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a great person and the leader of a great family I much admired growing up.
Mike Urbonas
July 31, 2017
Going way back. When jimmy went to H S he still was cool enough to joke around with us little guys still in grade school. That was pretty much unheard of back then. Some things u always remember.
Bob Mitchel
July 29, 2017
We just learned of Jim's passing. Many fond memories of coaching Jim in Football at Cardinal Mooney. . Our condolences

Coach Jim and Maureen Cunningham.
July 28, 2017
We are truly blessed to have had the life and advise of Jim Garrett. A true gentleman, a fearless spiritual warrior, who cared enormously and gave generously of himself to all those around him.
Michael Collandra
July 22, 2017
Jim Garrett was a great dad/brother/friend/husband....he will be missed.love to all the Garrett families.. Smitty in San Diego(the 5th garrett)brother.
mike smith
July 21, 2017
What a good man leaves behind him is called forever! I will forever remember and love my brother! He was my inspiration and hero! Thank you to all his friends for your love and support! May God bless all of you! Love, Randy
Randy Garrett
July 21, 2017
God Bless You All.
Joan Shanebrook
July 21, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.. The McLaughlin Family
The McLaughlins
July 18, 2017
To the family of Jim Garrett:
Several thoughts have struck me with a great deal of pain:
1. The world just lost a terrific human being:
2. The fact that I was so very close to Jim for all of these years is ridiculously painful for me since I had such a great amount of respect for him and was unaware that he was so close to us here in eastern NY.....and had I known of his proximity to us and my family, I would certainly have been one of those who would have been attempting to spend time with him:
3. Jim Garrett has had a huge impact on so many of those with whom he came in contact that he has to rank up among the top 10% of those who have made this earth and world so much a better place....again for so many of those with whom he worked and served:
Regardless of the fact that I have not seen him nor even been in contact with him or Marilyn for now....nearly 40 years, I contend that his contributions to humanity are as great as more than 95% of those who have had a chance to contribute to this, our human family.
4. Jim Garrett was one of my hundreds of students with whom I had a chance to associate while he was a student at Cardinal Mooney High School in Rochester, NY As a Brother of Holy Cross, I quickly came to realize his value to our school community early on, in his time there at Mooney, that even following his graduation, I spent a bit of time searching out to find him and eventually locating him in 1974 at which time I asked him to just come spend an afternoon with me while I was putting down the sub floor of my home in Ballston Spa.
We spent an afternoon together putting in that floor and I genuinely believed that we would be able to stay in touch but that just did not happen.....for reasons I do not recall.... and much to my regret, but I do remember how deeply his mind and attitudes affected me, as his incredibly deep set of values once again came to the surface during our conversations that afternoon.
His death notice, coming to me via an email from a friend of us both, Dick Jacobson, absolutely stunned me. As I sit here typing this note back to you, I am on the verge of tears simply because of how terrific a "kid" and young man he was to all who knew him.
This is one of those feelings of complete emptiness that defies description, both because of how much the human family will now miss his greatness but also how and why I never took hold of the reins to seek his whereabouts, just so I might have had a chance to spend even another few minutes with Jim.....his presence having such an enormous impact on me and all who knew him.
What a terrific loss I am experiencing right now and because of that, I can only imagine the degree of loss those who were close to him must be feeling.
I am at a loss as to what more to say other than I am deeply distressed by the fact I have missed ever being with him again as well as I am hoping that these words will also give his surviving family some sense of just how great a human being Jim Garret was during the time I knew him as well as the incredible value he must have had to and for his family while he was here with you.
I realize that this note is lengthy but there is simply no way I could reasonable shorten it without making the message cheapened. Jim deserves so much more than this small note referencing his contributions to the human family but nevertheless, I am sending this not of love to all of his family to attempt to make certain that his remaining family remains aware of just how much this man meant to all of Christ's Mystical Body.
With Love and deep regards to all,
(Ex Brother) Peter Blaauboer
1549 County Highway 110
Broadalbin, NY 12025
Peter Blaauboer
July 18, 2017
I feel very lucky and fortunate to have known Jim. He was a great source of insight, strength and comfort in some very trying times. Jim is still a great source or light - for myself and many others. My condolences for his family - I hope you heal quickly. I'll put you in my prayers and remain inspired by him with -
as he often told me - "gratitude, humility and service." Blessings.
Art Chandler
July 18, 2017
I first met Jim at football practice at St. Bernard's Seminary when I was a freshman at Cardinal Mooney in 1962. I am saddened to hear of his passing at such a young age. Since I haven't seen or heard from or about Jim I was inspired to read the comments about Jim; he truly was a "Great Guy". What I remember most about Jim Garrett was his big smile and hearty laughter, the kind of laught that makes you smile just to hear it.
May God Bless Marilyn and family in this time of loss. You are all in our prayers.
Katie (Bailey) and Richard Jacobs, Mooney '66.
Richard Jacobs
July 17, 2017
Please accept my condolences and deepest sympathies. Jim is a special person. He lives on through the blessing of sobriety that was his gift to so many struggling individuals and families. I pray that Jim's family and friends feel the peace in this time of their need that he helped achieve for so many others throughout his life.
Bill Hooks
July 17, 2017
Marilyn and family I am so sorry to hear of Jims passing. He was a friend and mentor to me and helped bring me back out of the darkness. I will miss his smiling face and compassion.
John Reith
July 17, 2017
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. May you find much comfort from our God of comfort during this difficult time (Act 24:15)

California~
July 16, 2017
James true gentleman and fabulous athlete. He was kind to me like thousands of others and I'll pray for him like many others will too.
Dennis Farrell
July 16, 2017
We were so saddened to hear of Jims passing. He was such a kind and compassionate man ready to go above and beyond in his care of people..he will be so missed. Our deepest sympathy to all of his loved ones.
Joan & John Schreiner
July 16, 2017
Jim made my own practice possible. He sublet space to me, encouraged me, and mentored me when I had confusion about how to approach a client, or how to handle a situation. A lot of the time he was just there to listen, and be there. In the short time I knew him, he was a colleague, and a friend. I feel that I owe my professional life to him. God bless you Marilyn, and the entire Garrett family.
Jonathan Riven
July 16, 2017
For several years Jim helped one of our family members with their addiction issues. He treated our whole family with love, compassion, understanding and professionalism. Jim was always there for all of us, any time...day or night. He will be missed by all of us. We send our sympathy and prayers to Jim's entire family. Please take some comfort in knowing that Jim, through his compassionate nature & work, helped to change and save lives. We love you Jim. God bless.
Terry & Lisa Ryan
Terry Ryan
July 16, 2017
I am very saddened to hear of Jim's passing. He helped me understand very complicated and difficult situations through his counseling sessions. His sharp mind combined with his compassion I'm sure helped countless people throughout his career. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Kimberly Levine
July 16, 2017
Randy, Gail and Marilyn. I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My prayers are with you all of you.
Gail Finucane
July 16, 2017
To all of Jim's Family: I am very sorry for your loss.
Mike McNulty
July 16, 2017
God Bless Jim and his family. Jim and I grew up together and he was always one of my best friends.
We shared many great memories together. Our jobs and families separated us with distance but not the closeness we felt for each other. We were very fortunate in that we grew up with a group of guys that love each other to this day. This brings great sadness to the group.
Terry Murphy
July 16, 2017
Marilyn, Chad and Tossy,
Jim was a great man. He was such a help to me and my family in difficult times when counseling was needed. We will always remember him fondly. We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.
Sue LaFleur and family
Susan St. Pierre
July 16, 2017
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