Jack Clifton Garner, of Osterville, Massachusetts, slipped away gently on November 24, 2019, after 92 years of a rich and full life.
He was born on September 28, 1927, in Norwood, Massachusetts, one of five children of James Garner and Hannah Church Garner. He was predeceased by his brothers Edward (Ted) and James and his sister Mary and survived by his brother Donald Garner. He graduated from Norwood High School, where he excelled as a star runner. He then promptly attempted to enlist in the US Navy at age 17 under his given name John C. Garner. Summarily dismissed because of his age, he just as promptly re-applied, and "Jack" C. Garner, aged 18, was soon sailing towards Japan.
On his return, Jack started a 70-year love affair with his high school sweetheart Florence "Lore" Anne Manning. They quickly married and happily raised six children Stephen, Mark, Julie, Brian, Lisa, and the recently deceased Suellen. Jack attended Rhode Island School of Design and worked as a draftsman for Microwave Development Labs and Raytheon. He then found his true calling as a technical salesman with Carborundum Co., retiring as the Regional Sales Manager for the entire East Coast. He enjoyed a long career highlighted by not only business successes and accolades but enduring friendships with clients and co-workers built on his natural gift of making people like him.
Jack was known to all as a true gentleman in a time when the word had meaning, and his male friends regarded him as a man's man. He was by nature and by his actions a humble and kind-hearted man. He was a natural amateur athlete in high school and remained keenly competitive until the end. Among his pursuits were bowling, softball, and chess. Jack became a near scratch golfer after picking up the game in his forties, and he competed in golf tournaments into his eighties. He possessed a Yankee ingenuity, handled tools and equipment with natural ease, and undertook projects normally left to professionals as much to meet the challenge as to save money to feed his family of eight.
If asked, Jack might have said his greatest pride and achievement was his family. He is survived by eighteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, eleven nieces and nephews, his brother Don and three dedicated and devoted daughters-in-law Nancy, Karen, and Laura.
Calling hours are scheduled from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Sunday, December 1st, at the John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road, Marston Mills, Massachusetts. A funeral service will be celebrated at Christ the King Chapel, 3 Job's Fishing Rd, Mashpee, Massachusetts, at 10:30 am on Monday, December 2nd, with a graveside service to follow at the Beechwood Cemetery.