Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served during WWII as a Seaman 1st Class aboard the USS Iowa BB-61. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He attended three years of barber school under the GI Bill and opened his own shop, the Esquire Barber Shop in Hartford, Conn. In 1948, he married Mary Patriss Garland and they raised five children. In the early ’70s, he worked as a maintenance worker for the VA Hospital in Newington, Conn. Bob was an organic gardener and was noted for his natural eye in landscaping, most notably stone walls. His biggest personal accomplishment was an A-frame house he started in the 1960s and was completed enough to live in permanently when he moved to Maine in 1990. He was a loving father and was full of fun and adventure.
He is survived by his daughters, JoAnn Eaton of Bangor, Patti A. Garland and husband, Bill Litwin, of New Milford, Conn., Maryann Allen and husband, Donald S., of Ellsworth; sons, Robert L. Garland Jr., and wife, Betsy, of Ellsworth and Christopher J. Garland and wife, Susan, of Glastonbury, Conn.; grandchildren, Carl Eaton, Sara Allen, Gabriel and Charity Garland, Brandon and Caitlin Garland; brother, Paul Garland and wife, Angie; sister, Shirley Szubinski; many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin Street, Ellsworth.
Contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074 or EMHS Foundation, for EMMC, PO Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.