July 12, 1940 – May 10, 2021
On May 10th, 2021, The Logger got into his favorite chair, put his feet up and called it a day. But not before splitting some firewood. I mean, a man has got to work.
Garfield Orvin Faragher (and you thought his first name was unique) came into this world on July 12th, 1940. His mother had plans to see a John Garfield picture show that night, but plans change. He was born in Crozier, but apparently that wasn’t quite rural enough. His colorful childhood was painted on the canvas that is Black Hawk.
The youngest child of Stafford & Myrtle, Garfield was working in bush camps and collecting a paycheck before he’d reached the 100 lb mark. His late teens and early 20s may have included beers, brawls and wrecked cars. I cannot confirm nor deny.
In 1966 he married Mather Township alum, Jacklynne Himsl, and together they had three children (Greg, Stacey & Aynsley). Greg & Heather Faragher gave him his first two grand-children (Kaela & Jason) and Aynsley & Jon Carrier gave him his next two (Duncan & Daphne).
In 1992 he met Judy Tucker and they built the red-roofed log house that they’ve resided in for the last three decades. Judy’s children, Charlie (Tracy) & Anita (Rob), became part of his family and Charlie & Tracy provided him with two more grand-children (Koen & Aubrynn).
It cannot be overstated how much he adored his six grand-children.
Garfield is survived by his older siblings, Myrtle Marshall (Joseph dec.), William Faragher (Frances) and sister-in-law Marilyn Faragher.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Stacey, nephew Bradley Faragher, brother Arnold Faragher and son-in-law Brent Ogden.
With the exception of his big chair and cluttered shop, he was most comfortable in the outdoors, amongst the trees or on the lake. By the end of the summer, no man ever had a greater pigment contrast from exposed forearm to sheltered shin.
Somewhere I’d bet he’s pointing out some walleye weeds, with a sly grin on his face. Or putting a couple more bucks into a slot machine because he just knows it’s ready to pay off.
Per his wishes, Garfield’s original and aftermarket parts will be cremated, and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Note - It would require volumes to acknowledge all the people who crossed paths with Dad and impacted his life in a meaningful way. Uncles, aunts, cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews, dear friends - simply too many to list.
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May 19, 2021
Sincere condolences to Judy and the Family.
Gar was a very nice man .
Gar will be missed .
Fond memories of Gar and I ; fishing , lumberjacking ( Gar the Pro -me the apprentice ) , maintenance repair of various pieces of equipment and many conversations often with humorous endings .
Nat and I will miss him immensely .
May 16, 2021
Gar was more than a cousin to me, more like a third brother.
We were born one week apart , so I always teased him that he was old even when we were young!
So many good memories like all six of us being bucked off the big white horse .... Gar and I were 5 years old! The trip in the kayak...
Life was exciting and fun filled.
Rest easy Gar. I'm imagining you fishing with all your relatives and friends, always with a smile and a twinkle in your eye.
My heart is with you Judy and family.
Gar was a spark of life to many and will be forever remembered.
May 15, 2021
The Gar Faragher version of an extension ladder.He was 73 in this photo. Just Dad being Dad.
May 15, 2021
My late husband Joe met Gar through work (I think Gar was getting a wood permit) and they quickly became friends: going for coffee, talking about health issues and sharing wilderness fishing plans and adventures. It was on a Fall Whitefish fishing/camping adventure (that Joe organized) that our children quickly befriended Gar as well and he often referred to himself as ¨Grandpa Gar¨. They enjoyed his visits and the pre-Easter chocolates, multi-tools, slingshot gifts and I appreciated that he always asked for my permission before giving them to the kids. Joe introduced me to Gar at the Emo Fair when he asked Gar to play the hammer carnival game for him! Gar´s smile and laugh were spectacular and his eyes sparkled with a teasing twinkle. I loved listening to his stories and the teasing banter between he and Joe. I always appreciated his kindness and thoughtfulness that continued even after Joe´s death. One of my children´s favourite memories is Gar sleeping in his pick-up truck (while on one of their late fall fishing/camping trips) with his feet sticking out of his truck cab window and a tarp draped over his feet to keep them dry.
May 15, 2021
I have a picture (circa 1966 or 1967) of Gar and me with a stringer of fish. I have never again been that successful fishing.
I remember the 3 of us, Gar, my dad and myself going fishing. I always smoked on vacation because my mom said it was a good way to kill the outhouse smell.
Dad was so excited to be back home that he never noticed, or acknowledged my smoking. Anyway …. 3 of us in a boat and Gar says he doesn’t have any matches.
It’s very windy and I have only one. Gar lights his cigarette (in the wind … I don’t know how) and when he is almost done he gives me his butt (no comment please) and I light mine.
This continued back and forth for the whole day and dad never said a word.
What a great day … smoking and catching fish!
Years later I broke the smoking habit but I never did get the fish catching habit.
Mark and Carienne Kerber
May 14, 2021
We are deeply saddened with the news of Gar’s passing. He was truly a kind and generous man. Mark spent many a time with Gar loading ash firewood, talking about heavy equipment and repairing various items in his garage, always looking for the socket or wrench. He will be greatly missed by us, he was a true friend. Our condolences to his family. Here’s a photo of the logger in his element, skidding out the timber, it was a good day.
Bob and Karen McTavish
May 14, 2021
Deepest condolences to Judy and family, Gar was a truly great man and will be missed by many. My memories of Gar go back years ago, as a teenager I worked with him at Loyld Hoffman’s Sawmill “Tug and Twist Timber.” I always enjoyed his stories, his laugh, and I really admired his work ethics. He always had time to talk whenever we saw him out and about. His obituary was beautifully written, sure captured him perfectly. Keeping you in our prayers.
Sincerely, Bob and Karen McTavish
Owen Van Cauwenberghe
May 13, 2021
To me, Gar was an uncle, a teacher, a friend, a hunting buddy and often times larger than life! He could outwork, out-walk and out-carry me no matter how “young” I thought I was. I am sad that he is gone but I am thankful for every moment that we shared and I will never forget the time that he, my dad and I had - I thank you for being an important part of my life! My deepest condolences to the entire family and all of those that Gar touched throughout his life - he will be deeply missed.
Owen, Heather, Thomas and Aidan
June De gagne
May 12, 2021
Ainsley and Greg your father was one of the kindest persons I had the privilege of knowing! No matter what you said or were doing I felt his full attention. Although it’s been awhile I do have good memories of him. Just want to share one. He was so proud of his recipe for canned suckers( fish) that he wanted me to try it. Although I was hesitant to try fish cooked in ketchup turned out to be fantastic! Tasted just like salmon! It was a funny moment and one I can still appreciate! Peace and love, take care. Beautiful obituary!
May 12, 2021
Beautifully written tribute! I am sure that your dad would be proud. No matter how close you were in relation to Gar, he always went out of his way to make sure he acknowledged you. He truly is one of the kindest humans I have ever encountered. He once sold us his old blue lawn tractor, which he assigned a term of endearment (unfortunately the name I cannot recall but it was along the line of “Betty”). We honoured his affinity of affection until her passing, despite our efforts to keep’er rolling. In this simplest of transactions, Gar brought joy to our family with his gentle humour. I can only imagine the joy he shared with you as your dad/husband/grandfather. We hope you find solace in knowing how much joy he brought to this world! Sending our condolences in your time of sorrow.
Joel and Bobbi Morris
Ray & Denise Burnell
May 12, 2021
A good fellow by all accounts you’ll be missed RIP
henri and ted lawrence
May 12, 2021
We saw Gar many times here in Illinois. He was so loving to his children and grandchildren. It was a pleasure to be with him. His stories were so fun and we all enjoyed his visits so much. We did go up to Fort Frances and he took us fishing and we had the shore lunch with walleye. It is something we will always remember. Great company and food! We will very much miss his visits. He was truly a loving and kind man and he showed that when he was with us visiting his family. He will never be forgotten by us.
In sympathy, Ted and Henri Lawrence
May 12, 2021
I have fond memories of Gar, especially of a great fishing excursion, I had with him and Jacklynne on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, while working in Fort Frances in the 1970's. We caught quite a few Walleyes that day, but when a thunderstorm broke out on the lake, we had to find seek shelter in the bush. We were soaked wet but we had lots of fun in the rain! Gar was a very kind man, a good sport and a teaser, enjoying life and nature. I have also enjoyed some very delicious meals, with him and Jackie, at their place on the outskirts of town. Gar always made me feel welcomed when I would drop in to visit. He was a very friendly, fun-loving and down to earth person! Rest in peace, Gar ! Hoping you're enjoy fishing in heaven! Aurise Delaurier
May 12, 2021
What a beautiful tribute to Gar! I would like to offer my condolences to all the Faragher families. I have only met Gar a few times when he would visit with Uncle Bill and Aunty Fran in Richer, Manitoba. The tribute said all of what I knew and remembered of him. May he Rest In Peace. (Niece of Bill and Fran).