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Douglas George Garnett

June 9, 1924 — January 24, 2023

In Loving Memory Douglas George Garnett, age 98, of Plantation, Florida, passed away peacefully at his home on January 24, 2023. Douglas was born on June 9, 1924, to Eric Talbot Garnett and Isolina Mery in Santiago, Chile. His family moved to Lima, Peru when he was about four years old, he spent a few childhood years in the United Kingdom, and ultimately back in Santiago, where he attended The Grange School, a British boarding school. He enjoyed sports and lifelong friendships with his schoolmates. After graduation, he enlisted in the British Royal Navy at the beginning of World War II. Douglas served as a sailor on a destroyer, protecting and escorting American liberty ships supporting the European war effort. During his service, he was involved in deep mine charges against German U-boats and supporting supply ships following the D-day invasion. Douglas was on leave in London when the German surrender was celebrated. He was then deployed to the Pacific, as all efforts turned towards the war with Japan. While at a stop at the Brooklyn Naval Station in New York, the news of the Japanese surrender drew him into the iconic Time Square, where he celebrated the end of the war. Returning home to Lima, Douglas appreciated that his wartime experience helped broaden his worldview. In 1947, Douglas met the love of his life, Leonor Sayan Hardt, a young neighbor of his parents. Douglas and Leonor married and started their family of four children. Douglas worked in sales, and ultimately became a manager of the biggest plastics factory in Peru. After retiring, they moved to the United States, he enjoyed spending every waking moment with his wife, spending time with family, politely chatting people up around his community, watching TV, surfing the Internet, keeping an eye on current events, and writing his memoir, which he ended with, “En fin, Colorín Colorado y este cuento se ha acabado.” meaning “That’s all folks, this tale has come to an end.” Douglas was predeceased by his grandmother, Angelina Hannah Reynolds, his mother, Isolina Mery, his father, Eric Talbot Garnett, his son, Douglas John Garnett, and grandson Evan Daniel Garnett. He is survived by his loving wife, Leonor with whom he was about to celebrate their 75-year wedding anniversary, and their three children, Ronald Garnett (m. Leonor), Patricia Garnett Noriega (m. Francisco), and David Garnett (m. Luann), seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. His family cherishes memories of Douglas’s love, laughter, singing, and good cheer. He is and forever will be loved. A private family viewing was held Saturday, January 28, 2023, at T.M. Ralph Funeral Home, Plantation, Florida. Arrangements by T.M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home
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