William H. Garland
passed peacefully of natural causes on the morning of January 6th. He is survived by his wife of 42-years, Dorothy Thompson Garland, of Ellenton; his daughter, Leslie Ann Garland, of Albuquerque New Mexico; his son, Peter F. Garland, of Raleigh North Carolina; and his son Thomas W. Garland, of Orlando Florida. he also leaves a legacy of four grandchildren; Katherine Garland, Elizabeth Garland, and Joshua Garland, all by his yougest son Thomas, and Sarah Whitehead, by is deceased son Clifford B. Garland. Bill was blessed with one great-grandchild, Lilly Whitehead. Bill was well known in the community and practiced Elder Law as a partner with Garland & Padelford. As an attorney, he served Manatee County for 53 years including a term as a Judge for the City of Palmetto. Haling from East Orange, New Jersey, Bill was the son of William B. Garland and Gertrude Getcliff Garland. He was a 1954 alumnis of Dartmoth College where he received his degree in business. He followed on at Columbia University of New York and then the University of Florida where he was awarded a Doctorate in Jurisprudence. As a long serving trustee for the University of Sarasota he was awarded a Honary Doctorate of Laws. Bill was a Korean era vetran of the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserves. He served as the communications officer on the USS Beaty and later as a judge advocated in the Navy Reserves. Bill's committment to the Bradenton and Manatee Communities is evidenced by his enduring and active membership in two cherished organizations; Kiwanis and Masons. As an active member of 38-years with the Bradenton Kiwanis Club he was recently recognized as a G.F. Hixson Fellow. As a 32nd Degree Mason, Bill was an active member and past Master of the Braidentown Lodge. He was also active within the Sahib Shriners of Sarasota and served as a member of the Masonic Grand Council of Florida. Visitation will be on Wednesday January 11th from 4:00 PM until 6:30 PM at Brown and Sons Funeral Home; 604 43rd Street West, Bradenton. Burrial services will be the following day at 10:00 AM at the Skyway Memorial Park; 5200 US Highway-19 North, Palmetto. Bill and his family are supporters of Guardian Angels, a foster care nonprofit organization. To extend his legacy of service to the community, the family asks that donations be made to this organization in lieu of flowers. Contact Guardian Angels at (941) 792-5374.
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