In memory of
John T. Garry II
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In memory of
John T. Garry II
Garry, John T. II LOUDONVILLE John T. Garry II, 93, who lived a long and full life, died peacefully on February 11, 2017, at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born on December 12, 1923, in Albany, the son of the late Joseph A. Garry Sr. and Jean Theresa Cramond Garry. Jack graduated from School 19 and Vincentian Institute where he excelled in both academics and athletics. He was captain of the football team and an All Albany guard and later in life was honored with an induction into the Diocesan Athletic Hall of Fame. Jack enrolled at Cornell University in 1942 but soon enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he was trained as a bomber pilot, receiving his wings in June 1944. Jack was assigned to the eighth Air Force in England and flew B17's on missions over Germany; he received the Air Medal for Meritorious Achievement, the EAME Ribbon and three European Battle Stars. Upon return from service, Jack enrolled at Siena College and married fellow V.I. graduate, Mary Regina (Jean) Hoffman in 1947. He graduated with high honors from Siena in 1949 and Albany Law School in 1952 where he was Moot Court Trial Award winner with his future law partner, James Cahill. Jack enjoyed a long and successful career as a respected attorney at Garry, Cahill & Edmunds and Garry & Garry with his son, Michael. He served as assistant Albany corporation counsel and assistant district attorney for Albany County until he was appointed District Attorney for Albany County by Governor Averill Harriman in 1958 and proceeded to be elected for two terms. He was president of the New York State District Attorney's Association. Jack, "A Man of Action," was a proud Democrat, vice chairman of Albany County Democratic Committee and serving as chairman of the Town of Colonie Democratic organization for many years. With his parents and beloved brother, Joe, he formed Roaring Brook Ranch resort in Lake George. He was also a successful real estate developer and principal of Garry Realty in Albany. A man of great faith, honor, keen intellect, and integrity, Jack devoted his time and talents to many community organizations. He was a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Albany Chamber of Commerce, a grand knight with the Knights of Columbus, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and a lifetime member of the Albany Elks. Jack was chairman of the board of the Albany Boys Club, president of the Board for Camp Thacher and with his long time friends, Father Peter Young and Ben Becker, established the Albany Big Brothers Association which later became Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He served for 28 years on the board of birectors for the LaSalle School for Boys, was a vice president of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and was co-founder and chairman of the board of Birthright in Albany. He served on the board for St. Peter's Hospital, the Albany Council of Crohn's and Colitis Disease, and on the Board of Trustees of The Academy of the Holy Names, Siena College and was president of the Siena Alumni Association. Jack was a skier and avid golfer; he formed the Chatiemac Association in North Creek, where he maintained a second home. He was a life member of Wolferts Roost Country Club where he enjoyed many rounds of golf and his expansive network of friends. He loved his garden and was a member of the Men's Garden Club of Albany. Ever the gentleman, Jack was devoted to his Roman Catholic faith, his large extended family, his friends, community and country. He was a longtime parishioner of St. Pius X Church in Loudonville. His generosity and "can do/never quit" attitude served as a role model for his entire family who he entertained with his "smiling Irish eyes," corny jokes, and beautiful voice. In addition to his parents and brother, Joe; he was predeceased by his wife, Jean, whom he lost in 1988; and brothers-in-law, Ray Fisher and Joe Hoffman. Jack was ever thankful for the blessing of his second marriage to Claire O'Brien Baynes in 1989 and his wonderful extended family. In addition to Claire; he is survived by his children, John, Michael (Janet), Regina McCormick (Al), Maureen Torncello (Dave), Suzanne Darves-Bornoz (Daniel) and Patty Baynes (Brendan); his grandchildren, Michael (Kim) and Kevin Garry, Maggie Dallal (Uri), Suzanne and Farrell McCormick, David and Christopher Torncello, Jacqueline Swanson(Erik), Annie and Peter Darves and Brendan, Jeanne and Liam Baynes; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Claire's seven children including, Peter (Eileen) and Christopher (Kathleen) Baynes of Albany; and Claire's 26 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Also survived by his sisters-in-law, Joan Fisher and Joyce Hoffman; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and by his beloved friend, neighbor and caretaker, Karen Lovrin. The family would like to thank his caretakers, especially Queenie Barnhill, for their dedication, love and care. Funeral services on Friday, February 17, at 11 a.m. in St. Pius X Church, Loudonville, where a funeral Mass will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Mr. Garry's family on Thursday, February 16, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen St., Albany. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Regina and John T. Garry Scholarship Fund at Siena College, Development Office, 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY 12211. To leave a message for the family, light a candle, obtain directions, or view other helpful services please visit
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