Robert Francis Garlick of Enfield passed away Saturday May 19, 2018. He was born on September 9, 1934 in Springfield, Mass. to Julia (Moynihan) Garlick and Robert Garlick. He was predeceased by his wife Claire of 56 years , siblings, Ethel, William and Dorothy, and daughter Cristal Lynn Goetsch.
He is survived by his daughter’s family, son-in-law Edward Goetsch, grandson Steven Goetsch, his wife Katie and great-granddaughter Charlotte, granddaughter Jennafer McNutt, her husband Nick and great-grandchildren Savannah and Henry.
He is also survived by his son, Robert T. Garlick, his wife Mary Beth, and 4 grandchildren Sarah Goldsmith, her husband Mike and great-granddaughter Elizabeth , Robert F.,Teresa, and Peter.
Bob grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts where he played sports and hung out at the corner making life-long friendships with many. He went to work for Jumbo Supermarkets which was later purchased by Big Y and became a supervisor. He worked for Curne & Crevier Food Brokers where he pioneered many of the items that we purchase in supermarkets today. He also became president of a local salesman association known as Knights of the Grip of Western Mass. He then worked for a food broker, Roberts & Associates, where he earned and was able to treat his wife to many trips such as Hawaii, Acapulco, Alaska, and Greece.
He had two passions: love for his family and the love of golf. Bob rarely missed a grandchild sporting event , attending and enjoying girls basketball , softball, baseball, and wrestling matches for years. He loved the game of golf and instilled the love of golf into his son and grandchildren. He played most of his golf over the past 40 years at Franconia in Springfield, Mass., where his low was a 73 and where he had a hole-in-one. Over 30 years ago he started and organized an annual golf trip to Lake Morey which he loved and shared with numerous friends, his son, and grandsons which still continues . He lived in Enfield, CT for the last 58 years and was a communicant of Holy Family Church.
He was a big UConn Women’s Basketball fan, having season tickets in the past. Special thanks to Dawn Hart and Danis Brackett who helped care for him during the past few years. Visitation hours will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Rd., Enfield. A procession will begin from Leete-Stevens at 9 a.m. Friday May 25, 2018 for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 23 Simon Rd., Enfield. Committal will follow at St. Patrick's King St. Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.Leetestevens.com