Frank Garwood

March 8, 1954June 12, 2021

Frank Garwood passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, June 12, 2021, age 67 years.

Beloved husband of 43 years to Kathleen ( NÉE Vennell); Devoted father to Frank Jr. (Jessica), Katie (Joe), and Daniel; Grandfather to four grandsons Joseph, Jackson, Jameson, and Bryce; Loyal brother to; Diane Entwistle (Glenn), Ricky, Barbara, Gregory (Erica), and Caroline (William); Uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Born and brought up in Riverside N.J., Frank had a childhood that compelled him into maturity at an early age. He began his path in construction during adolescence. As time went on, growing into a decent young man, he joined the Marine Corps. with his best friend, Mark Beekler. While serving his country he worked in aviation as a member of the crash crew rescue unit. After his time in the Corps, Frank went back to Topsail Island, N.C. and picked back up doing what he did best, construction. It was during this time he met his future wife Kathy, better known to him as his Queen. When the two of them met, it wasn’t long before they realized their encounter was destined to be. Having both grown up in N.J. merely miles apart only to bump into one another nearly 500 miles from home. The two quickly fell in love and later married moving back to N.J. where they would start their own “family of 5”. A term coined by Frank and later even tattooed on his arm.

Frank worked his days as a notably talented carpenter, very well known and respected within the trade. His uncanny ability to “think outside the box” and find solutions to nearly any problem was not only one of his incredible strengths, but also something he took pleasure in. Especially so, while in the context of benefitting others.

When each day would turn night, Frank could usually be found in his homemade music studio where he’d put his God given gifts, as a musician/songwriter, to work. Frank possessed a remarkable talent to competently play any instrument before him. He held a deep respect for each craft and always took immense pride in everything he would do.

Frank held a deep love, honor, and appreciation for all wildlife. At times even creating homes made of stick, burrowing out bushes etc. for the unusual creatures he discovered living in his own back yard. His readiness to improve the quality of an animals dwelling continued on to include that of his neighbors homes, always willing and eager to lend a hand where one was needed. He maintained an everlasting compassion for the less able/vulnerable throughout his life, which his neighbors of some 30+ years would give credence to.

Frank’s list of hobbies varied from coin collecting and fishing to golfing and of course writing music ( a portion of which can be found on YouTube under “TheSongsby” or “Garwood/Stallwood”).

Frank may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.


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Lateefa Samad

June 20, 2021

UNC Frank was one of the best uncles ever. Even when he hadn't seen me in a while it was like we saw each other every day when we did finally cross paths.. haven't spoken in a while since I've gotten older, and that's what I regret most! He was awesome.. he was caring.. so loving, and most of all talented! He will truly be missed! Love him always and forever! And to the family.. my family! I love you and so sorry for this loss!

Amy Aaron

June 19, 2021

Oh my one and only Uncle… I will miss you so much. I realized that most woman look for someone that reminds them of there fathers, but I found one that reminds me of you. Works hard and plays harder. I love you dear Uncle Frank and I will miss you so!