Monday, October 28, 2013

Ken Garber

Many of you know, or know of, the Garber family -- extraordinary members of the trans and allied community here in Massachusetts and beyond, including the faith community and ICTE.  I am so sorry to say that Ken Garber passed away yesterday morning.  He is survived by his wife Marcia and their daughter Sarah; their son CJ, a trans man, passed away in 2009.  May their memories be a blessing, as we say in Judaism.  Click here for the obituary that is copied and pasted below.  Click here for Ken's I AM : Trans People Speak video (5:04) and here for Marcia's (4:35).     

Kenneth M. Garber

February 19, 1953 - October 27, 2013
U.S. Veteran
Service Date: October 31, 2013

Obituaries » Kenneth M. Garber

Kenneth M. Garber, WFD, Ret., passed away at his Quincy home on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at age 60. Born in Waltham where he was raised and educated, he was a graduate of Waltham High Vocational School, Class of 1971.  A  Vietnam Veteran, US Navy, Ken joined the Waltham Fire Department where he served for 32 years until retiring in 2010. He received a Fire Protection & Safety Technology Associate in Science Degree from Middlesex Community College in 2006 and had served as Vice President of the WFD Local 866. A friend of Bill W., Ken was happiest outdoors. An avid golfer, he worked at the Cohasset Golf Club and was a member of the Pembroke Country Club, a sports enthusiast and enjoyed travelling. He served for 4 years on the MA Commission for GLBT Youth and worked tirelessly for the passage of the state Transgender Equal Rights Law. He was the recipient of the MTPC Youth Committee Award in 2009, the NAGLY Spirit Award in 2010, the Pride Interfaith Award in 2011 and the Ken Garber Ally Advocacy Award in 2013. Ken was also a blessed member of Dignity/Boston, a progressive inclusive Catholic Community founded in 1972.
The beloved husband of Marcia A. (Burgess) Garber of Quincy, Ken was the proud father of Sarah E. Garber of Manchester, NH. He was predeceased by his son Christopher John Garber and his dog, Sly. The loving brother of Trisha Doucette,  Gina LeDuke, both of Waltham, Allen R. Garber of Natick, Paul Garber of Marlboro, Lawrence Garber of Watertown, Mary Garber of Pepperell  and David Garber of Clifton Park, NY. Ken is also survived by many nieces and nephews and his aunt, Honey Waldman of Sudbury.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, October 30 from 4:00 to 8:00PM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home 74 Elm St. Quincy Center. Family and friends are invited. On Thursday there will be a Funeral Service in the Funeral home at 10:00AM. Burial with Military Honors is at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.
In lieu of flowers, Ken and Marcia ask you to keep your hearts and minds open to the endless possibilities for the greatest gift of all: LOVE. Donations may be made in Ken’s memory to: Mass Trans Political Coalition PO Box 960784, Boston MA; Dignity/Boston PO Box 170428, Boston MA;  or National Alopecia Areata Foundation 14 Mitchell Blvd. San Rafael, CA 94903
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