Alan Charles Garceau

August 4, 1942July 18, 2020

Alan Garceau, 77, of Bradenton passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 18 at his home surrounded by his wife, children, and loved ones. To say Alan was a people person would be a vast understatement. He sought out and engaged them whether or not they asked, and in the end left them smiling.

He was born in Ishpeming, Michigan in 1942, in his dear Upper Peninsula. His lifelong passions for sports and music began there. He was the slugging first baseman and manager of the Venice Supper Club softball team, and a charter trumpeter of the popular Ishpeming Blue Notes Drum & Bugle Corps. His hunting skills were deer-friendly, with a zero-for-lifetime Camp Gut Shot record.

After a three-year service in the United States Army and working in the insurance industry, Alan met the love of his life, Patti. They married in 1979, and moved to Escanaba, Michigan to open Garceau Insurance, which they successfully owned and operated for 22 years. Knowing no one when they moved to Escanaba, they were enthusiastically welcomed into the community by the many remarkable people they met in town, forming friendships they cherished for life. His hunting and softball days largely behind him, he was active in local tennis, winning several regional tournaments. His golf game was wanting, but highlighted by a much talked about hole-in-one.

After retiring and selling their family-owned business, Alan and Patti moved to Florida, living in the Bradenton-Sarasota area. He stayed active with golf, and served as a board member of the Harbourage Braden River Community Development District.

A lifelong Packer Backer, he attended many games at Lambeau Field, and was in the stands in New Orleans and Dallas to cheer Green Bay to two Super Bowl Championships. Until his final days he loved attending live music events with Patti and his sister-in-law Jodi, equally enjoying large stadiums and beach and back alley blues bars.

He is survived by Patti, his sons Lance (Marilyn) of Waukesha, WI and Jeff (Catherine) of Chicago, IL, his grandsons Seth, Adam, and Grant, his brothers Dennis (Carla) of Decatur, IL and Scott (Georgeanna) of Baltimore, MD, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Charles (“Butch”), his mother Mary-Lucille (“Cille”), his father-in-law Frank Maslaney, his mother-in-law Judith (“Judy”) Kuchler, his uncle William (“Bill”), his cousins Pat and David (“Jerry”) Corlett, and his beloved nephew Craig.

He will be honored by a memorial service in the Upper Peninsula, at a date to be announced in consideration of the global public health crisis. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Tidewell Hospice of Bradenton, FL (link below), or to your local Hospice provider.

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James Featherston

July 27, 2020

Just heard of Alan's passing & still in disbelief. So many memories of his wonderful humor & ability on the racket ball court. i could never beat him. His knowledge of the insurance business was second to none & he was always ready to share his knowledge. He will be sorely missed by all who were privileged to know Alan. My thoughts go out to you.

Rose Solander

July 27, 2020

Patti & Family,
I am so sorry to learn that Alan has passed away. So many memories of fun loving stories he told! His passing has no doubt left a huge hole in your hearts. May the laughs and smiles he has brought to you outweigh the pain of his loss. My deepest sympathies.
Rose Solander

Pamela Dani

July 26, 2020

Patti, I am so sorry to hear of Alan’s passing. I am forever great-full to have known Alan for his guidance, laughter and giving me my start in the Insurance world. You are in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.
All my love,
Pam, Daniel and Cassie Dani

Mary Darling ( Marmalick)

July 26, 2020

I’m so sad and so so sorry to hear that Al passed away....I’ve thought of him many times since you guys moved to Florida. He was and always will be one of my favorite clients. Cutting his hair for so many many years was such a gift to me. He was soooo wise and so incredibly funny and of course I can’t leave out the awesome hug that always followed the haircut. I’m so sorry for the pain you are feeling and can only pray that all your memories will give you comfort in your lowest of times. RIP Al, Thanks for being a part of my life for many years!❤️🙏❤️

Barbara Main

July 25, 2020

Patti, so sorry to learn of Alan's passing. I have fond memories of the times we were together in Escanaba working on Altrusa projects.
Know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. It's not an easy time. I lost Greg 3 years ago and it's still hard to believe.

Crystal Beauchamp

July 24, 2020

Patti, I am shocked and saddened deeply by this news. I have no way of reaching out to you to offer my sympathies directly. My heart aches for you and your family. I last spoke to Alan just before covid. He was his same old self. Makes me laugh to even think of him. All I have are fond memories of both you and Alan. I'll never forget when he approached Alice Cooper at lunch! What a fun concert that was! What blessed memories you must have. I will always remember him with a smile on his face, because he was rarely seen without one. Please accept my condolences and I hope to see you when you have a memorial in the U.P. I will be praying for you and your family. Alan will surely be missed.

Chris/ Jim McCormick

July 24, 2020

You know how much we love Al and our hearts go out to you. May the life you all shared and your memories bring you comfort...
He was always the one with a story and a quick comeback...his stories were the stuff that legends were made of. Always felt the love in his hugs and the way he made you feel so welcome every time you were in his company. His love for his family was his driving force...Al you will be missed but you will always have a place in our hearts. Rest easy ....

Mike Manty

July 23, 2020

Alan graduated from Ishpeming High School one year ahead of me.
Growing up, our paths crossed often and I will always remember his big smile and hearty laugh. I had not seen Alan for many years, but was fortunate to have spent a couple of hours with him last summer when we both found ourselves back in our home town. Although he was clearly dealing with some health issues, his wicked sense of humor was still intact. Al was one of the good guys. My condolences to his family. RIP, old friend.

Jim McCormick

July 23, 2020

Patti, Lance, and Jeff:

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in learning of the passing of Uncle Al. He was a tremendous person and I will miss him.

I wish you peace in the days ahead.

My best,

Jim McCormick
Kansas City

Jeffrey Magowan

July 23, 2020

Patti, Jeff, Lance, and family:
I am sorry - and very sad - to learn of Alan's passing. He was most definitely the most engaging, outgoing and optimistic person I've ever known. I am very thankful to have known him. He most definitely was a huge part and influence in the direction of my life. I am very grateful for the opportunities that he helped me to achieve!
Carrie and I send our thoughts and prayers. We also send a smile and a hug, we know Alan would appreciate that!
Take care and we are thinking of you!
Jeff and Carrie Magowan

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