John W. "Jack" Garrity

John W. (Jack) Garrity, 85,

General Electric Retiree, Korean War Veteran


Jack Garrity of Ridley Township went home to be with his Lord and Savior on December 18, 2018.


Born in Philadelphia, he was a graduate of West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War.


Jack resided first in Philadelphia and then in Delaware County. His career with General Electric in Philadelphia spanned more than 35 years, and as part of the management team he earned the respect of his coworkers. It was at General Electric that Jack met Bea, fell in love with her, got married, and began their family.


Jack viewed his life as one whose purpose was to be a good and faithful servant, and was actively involved in every church he attended. His service included Sunday school teacher, youth group leader, deacon, elder, and his life's passion, a music ministry. He sang in several choirs, was often a soloist at church services and weddings, and was a member of several quartets. Jack faithfully spent much of his time praying for others, whether he knew them or not. He was a true prayer warrior.


Survivors: Loving wife of more than 61 years, Beatrice L. (Kilian) Garrity, father of Paul (Margie) Garrity, Donna (Craig) Weber, David (Lori) Garrity, and Keith (Eileen) Garrity, grandfather of Alex, Emily (Clayton), Traci (Cameron), Stephanie, Christan, Michael and Catherine, and great grandfather of Wesley and Liam.


Memorial Service: Saturday, January 5, 2019, at McCausland, Garrity, Marchesani Funeral Home, 343 S. Chester Pike, Glenolden, PA 19036. Visitation will be from 10:30 am until 11:00 am and the service will be from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Following the service, a luncheon will be provided at Folcroft Union Church, 500 Primos Avenue, Folcroft, PA 19032. The luncheon will begin at 12:30 pm.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jack's name to either Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or Samaritan's Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.