Passed away peacefully surrounded by family at LHSC – University Hospital on January 14, 2022 at the age of 80. Born April 1st , 1941 to Delton and Gladys Schweitzer in Galt Ontario and raised in Paris. He eventually moved and built a life in London, Ontario. Loving and devoted husband to his soulmate and companion, Eleanor. Cherished father of Alice Melfi (John), Cindy Blaha (John), and Debbie Jeffery (Brian). Loving step-father to Wendy Sutherland (Robert), Blair Masschelein and Phillip Masschelein (Laura). Big brother to Denise Johnston (David+) and Brian Schweitzer (Doreen). Proud grandfather of Kayla, Joshua (Marsh), Natasha (Matt), Ashley (Chris), Dylan, Kyle, Blake, Caroline, Liam, Charlotte, and Reed. Also, survived by great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Garth was a kind, and spiritual man with a love of books and all sports especially baseball and his team The Detroit Tigers. His wit and dry sense of humour was well known and he will be leaving a huge void in our lives. Garth was a retired employee of Bell Canada and a devout and faithful warden of St Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican church for 20 years.
A private funeral service will be held at the Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, LUCAN on Tuesday, January 18th at 11 AM. Interment St. James Cemetery, Clandeboye. Though the service is private, the family invites you to join with them from the comfort of your home. Stream the service live or at your convenience by visiting www.facebook.com/haskettfh.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Alzheimer Society Southwest Partners, or St. Martin-in-the-fields Anglican Church would be appreciated by the family.
My sincere condolences to all of Garth’s family. Garth was a very kind, friendly and caring neighbour, who gave Eleanor excellent care during her long illness.
Every week, for years. Garth brought in the blue boxes for all the residents at the north end of the complex at 60 Fiddlers Green.
His kindness was very much appreciated and he will be missed.
Anne Alton Unit 12, 60 Fiddlers Green Road
My sincere condolences Phil, Laura and family.
Much love and prayers,
Heartfelt condolences from a dear friend. Garth worked with my husband Dieter at Bell and they shared many adventures! I will miss him in church sitting with the widows.
Hello Eleanor And Family,
Please accept my heartfelt Sympathy in the Loss of your Husband, Garth. Just know you are in my thoughts at this trying time.
Ryan, Courtney, Kian and Niamh Hern
Uncle Garth was such a kind soul – we appreciate all that he did for Aunt Eleanor and the family.
A man of integrity – he will be sorely missed. We love you Uncle Garth.
Rest in Peace,
What a wonderful, magical send off for Garth. I could feel love and devotion through my computer screen. Alice, Cindy and Wendy your tributes were so touching, and heartfelt. Josh such a appropriate reading, and the girls brought me to tears with one of my favourite songs…. hallelujah.
I will always remember Garth as a kind, caring, devoted man, and a representative of moral goodness and love.
My heartfelt sympathies to you all.. Debb Russell xo
So sorry to hear of Garth’s passing . I was so glad to know your Father. I know his soul is now at peace .
My deepest condolences to you Cindy and your family during this difficult time. I’m so glad that you guys have such a huge support within your family to lean on each other for strength to get through this together. I’ll be keeping you all in my thoughts.
Much love to you all,
Amber and Brian
Cindy, Alice, Debbie and Families; Judy and I had the opportunity to make few memories with Garth through parties at John and Cindy’s. A pleasant man who will be missed. Hold memories of Garth fondly and think of him often as he looks down on you as a guardian angel from heaven.
Our condolences Mike and Judy Campbell
Debby and Perrin
Our Love and Condolences to all the family not only did we loose a beloved cousin but a dear friend many memories of time spent with both Garth and Eleanor so very pleased he was able to come to our new home on the lake in North Bay where he and Perry spent many hours enjoying the paddle boat talking about sports etc these 2 were definitely characters the laughter never stopped.
Cindy, Alice, Debbie and extended family
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this emotional time. So glad you as a family were all there to comfort dad and each other as he received his wings.
So sorry to see you have such a big loss with your Dad passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you .
Rod and Debbie
We are truly sorry for your loss. And knowing how much time you were able to spend with him surely was a great comfort to him.
All our love and support to you all,
Diane, Alex, Kyra, Frankie and Maddie
Dear Cindy, Alice and Families,
We are thinking of you and sending all our love and deepest condolences. May he rest in peace.
Berni, Kevin and Sean
Dear Eleanor and Family
Garth was a good and kind man. It was my privilege to have known him.
Reverend Sid Smithson
I knew Garth as a good friend and for his concern and contribution to St Martin’s as Council member and Warden with continuing interest in looking after what had to be done. A devout Christian and just a good man who will be missed. My condolences….Bill Fraser
Carol Nivins and Harold Hazell
Our hearts ache for all of Garth’s family. Harold and Garth were friends for over 60 years and his call on January 13th left us both with such a deep sadness! He was a kind and gentle man with a great sense of humour and he will be missed!
Kim and Randy Nickmann
Our most sincere condolences to the family. We’ll be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.