Shannon Rufe Snow Drive Funeral Chapel

6001 Rufe Snow Drive, Fort Worth, TX


Garry Lee Sweeney

February 23, 1952March 14, 2020

Garry Lee Sweeney, father to Jackie, Caroline, Sarah and Will, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Garry was born in Fort Worth to Everett and Johnnie Sweeney on February 23, 1952. The Sweeney family owned and operated Sweeney Publishing in downtown Ft. Worth. Garry was in the first graduating class from Southwest High School in Fort Worth and then attended The University of North Texas and earned a Bachelor’s degree. He then attended the University of Texas at Arlington, and completed his education soon after with an MBA.

He was married to his first wife, Patty Lindsay, and together they had a daughter, Jackie. Garry’s second marriage was to Karen Larsen. Together, they raised a gorgeous family that included Caroline, Sarah and Will.

Garry loved doing things with his children and grandchildren. He was there for them when they needed another set of hands to raise kids, hang curtains, cut the grass or have a burger with. He was devoted to their happiness and was always available to listen or offer guidance.

Professionally, Garry had an impressive career with the Federal Government and rose to the position of Regional Director of Fair Housing for the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Texas.

Garry was preceded in death by his father, Everett Sweeney, and his daughter, Jackie Sweeney Williams.

Garry is survived by: his mother Johnnie Sweeney; his brother Larry Sweeney; his children Caroline Sweeney, Sarah Sweeney-Hernandez, and Will Sweeney; and his grandchildren Christopher Vecchio, Ryder Williams, Kensie Hernandez, and Jack Hernandez.

Garry’s wish was for a celebration party instead of a funeral. A party in his honor will be planned as soon as current circumstances allow.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.shannonrufesnow.com for the Sweeney family.


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Garry Lee Sweeney

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Farla Knight

March 28, 2020

I worked on the same floor, at HUD, with Garry. When we’d see each other in the hall, he was always friendly, always smiling, just a great guy. My sincere condolences to you all.

Pam Walsh

March 28, 2020

I extend deepest sympathy to Garry's family. I was a former colleague of Garry's, Headquarters, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office, Washington, DC. I have fond memories of discussing the need for affordable housing for low income families. He believed in providing fairness to everyone. He will be missed.

Rhonda Wiley

March 24, 2020

I will always remember Garry’s kind eyes. Prayers for his family during this difficult time.


March 23, 2020

Garry was a friend. I will always remember his smile and the word of wisdom he always seemed to have. He looked at situations with kindness and my heart goes to his family, as I am sure it is devastating for them to live their lives with the huge hole that was Garry Sweeney.

Mary Dulan

March 21, 2020

To Garry's Family,
I wish you comfort on losing your loved one. Garry and I were friends for more than 36 years. Though we worked on opposite sides of the table he with HUD and me with nonprofits funded by HUD, we still had the same mission...to fight against housing discrimination. Seeing his photo and that smile reminds me that he had a heck of a sense of humor. His favorite joke about me when my hair turned white, was that we go way back to when my hair was black and he had hair! I will always honor his friendship. May God bless you all and bring you peace!

Gene and Martha Dawson

March 20, 2020

My heart aches for Garry's Mom, Johnnie, and the rest of the family. The Sweeney family has been a special part of my (Martha) life since we were very young children attending the same church on 8th Avenue. Our families remained in the same church and watched as our children grew up in the loving church family. If you know Garry, then you know what a sweet, funny, sincere, and faithful Christian man he was. The memory of times spent together over the years will give us a smile now and then as we remember this good Christian man. Garry will be greatly missed.

Rachel Trosper

March 19, 2020

My son and I were blessed to get to know Garry through my sister Robyn. He was a dear friend of hers. When she told me he was one of the nicest people she had ever met, she was right! Garry was so hospitable. My son enjoyed cooking with him and we enjoyed swimming at his house. Garry will be missed by so many. We were blessed to know him.

Betty Stanton

March 18, 2020

Last April, I was privileged to share a speaking engagement with Garry in Ft. Worth. Before our speech, we met for an hour to share stories, get to know each other better, and review the topics. Since we were both knowledgeable in the content (Garry more than me) we agreed to toss the PowerPoint and instead, listen to the concerns of our audience, acknowledge their contributions to society, and speak from the heart.

He was passionate about the need to provide fair housing to all. He cared about our community, our state, and our country. He was a compassionate mentor, a kind leader, and a caring person.

Al Galvan

March 18, 2020

I was saddened to hear about Garry's passing. Garry provided me with so much wisdom when I worked for HUD. May God comfort his family during these trying times.

LaVine Horton

March 18, 2020

I worked with Garry many years ago. He was a pleasure to work with. So sorry for your loss. LaVine Horton