Eric E. “Ric” Garrett

Born on 01/24/1945

Departed on 01/01/2013

Resided in Spotsylvania County, Virginia

Eric Edward “Ric” Garrett, 67, of Spotsylvania County passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 in the arms of his wife, Linda.

He retired in 2000 as a teacher from Prince William County Schools and had formerly taught in Willingboro, NJ. He was a member of Rappahannock Model Railroaders, Inc. and Joy Song Singers, former director of religious education at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church. He and his wife were foster parents for Prince William Co., Stafford Co., and Arlington Co.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Linda; children Shirley Garrett, Kelly Leva, Martha Garrett, William Garrett and Carmen Garrett; brother Brian Garrett; and grandchildren Kaitlin Leva, Mackenzie Leva, Frankie Garrett and Shaun Coleman; nieces Rita St. Clair and Katie Prickett; and nephew Fred Ryder.He is preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Jeane Garrett; son Stuart Garrett; and brother John Ryder.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

A service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7 at St. Jude Catholic Church. Interment will be at Rosedale Memorial Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania

In lieu of flower memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Association 3805 Cutshaw Ave Suite 212 Richmond, Va. 23230 and Micah Ecumenical  Ministries, PO Box 3277 Fredericksburg, Va. 22402.

17 thoughts on Eric E. “Ric” Garrett

  1. Rose Brastrom on said:

    Carmen you are in my thoughts and prayers, as well as the rest of your family.

  2. Tom Napoli on said:

    Deepest regrets to you Linda and your family.

  3. Maggie O'Donnell Foster on said:

    I was one of Mr. Garrett’s students at Godwin. I remember his lessons on Constantinople, The Philippines and his views on Nazi Germany. But his greatest legacy was his love of teaching. His class was one of my favorites, but for me it was easy to put in the effort to learn because he really cared, both on the subject matter and his students. Thank you, Mr. G!

  4. Bob and Sharon Berryman on said:

    We r praying for u all. Will remember his smiling face and great conversations. Ric will be missed but never forgotten.

    Love,
    Your Primerica Family

  5. Sue (McDermott) Meade on said:

    My deepest condolences to you Linda & also to your children & grandchildren……..really glad I got to see Ric last year……my thoughts & prayers are with you all during this very sad time……

  6. Linda Langford Duquette on said:

    Linda, I wish I could express how sorry I am that Eric is gone and all the tragedy your family has had to endure over the years I have known you. You and Eric have been an inspiration to everyone around you….bouncing back after every setback…marching on and standing tall. Your daughters, Shirley and Martha, are two lovely young women who often told me how much they loved and worried about their mom and dad. My heart goes out to you all as you go through this difficult time.

  7. Bruce and Chris Fennell on said:

    Our sincere condolences to you and your family Linda. I’m sure he will be missed by all of you.

  8. Michelle James on said:

    “Mr. Ric” will be sorely missed at St. Jude’s. We were lucky to have him in our lives when he taught religious education to our daughter, and he ushered with our son. Our family enjoys chatting with Shirley and Martha after 5:00 mass most Saturday nights. We are praying for your wonderful family.

  9. Bill & Charlene Trueman on said:

    Our sincere condolences. Rick will be missed by all as a friend, a train enthusiast and a club member. Enginers don’t pass from our memories, they just run out of track.

  10. Sandra Schiano-Moriello on said:

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers, from everyone at Scafa’s.

  11. Kathy Gregorash on said:

    Ric and Linda have been a huge part of my family’s life for more than 25 years, from being neighbors to wonderful friends to my daughter’s ride to school. So many memories from Mariposa Drive – Ric will definitely be missed and we will keep all of you in our prayers.

  12. Loyes Spayd on said:

    I met Eric 31 years ago at Holy Family parish in Dale City. I and a team started a program which today is called the RCIA adapted for children. He was one of the teachers and he was wonderful – a man of genuine goodness and deep faith. We became close friends and over the years, although we often didn’t see each other for long periods of time, kept in touch. When we did get together it was like homecoming. He and Linda were always taking in another kid and usually a child who had special needs. He would say he wanted to do what I did – direct religious Ed. I laughed & said that pays even less than a school teacher! He got his wish tho and no surprise he was very good at it! Roc died way too young but there is no doubt in my mind that Jesus will greet him and say “well done, good and faithful servant!”

  13. Connie and Gary Varner on said:

    Linda, we were so sorry to hear of Ric’s passing. We have many, many fond memories of our families camping together at Seashore State Park. May the warmth of God’s love embrace you and your family. With our deepest sympathy,
    Connie and Gary Varner

  14. Michael Byrnes & Dave Ludwig on said:

    Carmen, we are thinking of you guys. You have our condolences and support. We will be here if you need anything. Love and prayers.

  15. Katrina Franklin on said:

    I had the privilege of having Mr. G as not only my history teacher at Godwin, but also my RE teacher at Holy Family. His passion was family, friends and teaching. Thank you for being a puzzle piece in my puzzle of life.

  16. Jenny Giltner Jones on said:

    Dear Mr. G, You were very important to me & taught me lifelong lessons at Godwin. I tell my kids about you and your classes, and wish they had teachers like you. Thank you for being tough on me, I know it was because you cared – you made sure we knew that! Thank you for your patience with me in math, and making sure I didn’t fail. You made me want to work hard and do well. Thank you for whispering in the ear of my child’s teacher this morning, who gave my child the same chance you gave me. Thank you most of all for just being a good, kind, fair, person and leading us by example. Thank You for caring about us and inspiring so many of us. Your spirit will live on in the students whose lives you touched. RIP to a great man. My deepest condolences to the family. Thoughts and prayers of peace, love and healing go out to you.

  17. Julie Lambrose on said:

    Carmen, I’m so sorry for your loss! Please let me know if you or your family needs anything. Thinking of you!

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