West Hartford, Conn.
Frederick Robert Garland, 68, passed away suddenly at his home on July 30, 2020, in West Hartford, Conn. He was born in Machias in 1952 to Paul Frederick and Angeline Ann (Fargnoli) Garland. As a family with his six siblings, they lived in Machias, moved to Simsbury, and then West Hartford, Conn. Eventually, his family all loved going between their properties in Maine, Connecticut and Florida.
Fred went to Hall High School in West Hartford, where he was a star athlete as a state champion wrestler and competed his way into the prestigious Leaders Club. Shortly after high school, he moved to the property on Green Lake in Ellsworth that had been in the Garland family since 1775, and became a “back to the lander” for nearly 25 years. He married his first wife, Terri Armstrong of Ellsworth, and they had a daughter, Renee, in 1979. Later in life, he married his sweetheart, Susan (Dubey) Garland of West Hartford, until her passing in 2006.
Fred was a cool cat. He was a ‘rebel rouser’ and loved to question authority, creating his own narrative and lifestyle. His perseverance to question the status quo landed him a seat on the Ellsworth City Council from 1996-1999. He would tell you he just loved to “shake things up a bit.”
He perhaps loved the woods, gemstones, the Bible and his daughter paramount. He had a real knack for finding artifacts and a radar for stones, and was always tumbling and cutting stones as his passion up until his death. He often asked Renee to bring back emeralds, diamonds and sapphires from the Far East to cut beautiful jewelry just for her. His values were of the land, brimming with wisdom that he passed on to Renee, teaching her how to fish, hunt and gather wild edibles from a very young age. Fred lived his beliefs down to the house he built from recycled and found materials with no electricity or running water powered by his love of Jesus!
He was childlike in wonder and adventure, and always reading, questioning and arriving at his own often unique conclusions and new inventions. He was a madman of an inventor with a sparkle in his eye. He loved old books and admired the old ways in general. He loved his Encyclopedia Brittanica, the Old Testament and reading history books ’til no end in his cabin by candlelight with a jar of pickled artichoke hearts or a pork chop and a beer. He loved Puerto Rico so dearly and moved there with his cat for three years some years ago. It was in Puerto Rico that his soul flourished. The culture, people, food, music and environment were his natural happy place and he found family bonds there. He had a wide, generous, open heart, and considered his friends his family. He made friends everywhere, and just loved love.
He was predeceased by his parents, Angie and Paul, and brother, Rick Garland, and late wife, Susan Dubey. He is survived by his daughter, Renee Garland, and first wife, Terri Armstrong; his sisters, Sundy Ferris (husband, Craig) and family, Paula Kania and family and Vicky Garland (life partner Subhash); and his brothers, Steve Garland (wife, Rose) and family and James Garland and family.
The family plans to have a small open air gathering at Greenwood Cemetery in Ellsworth Falls on Sept. 3 at 4 p.m. and encourages anyone wishing to attend! (Please bring your own chair, mask and prepare to socially distance.)