Robert  Dean McGarity, Jr.

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“Dear Jan, We were so saddened to learn about Bob´s passing. Our years as your neighbor at Hany Lane are among our best memories. I´m sorry we lost...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Cyndee and Pete Koss - Friend

“Jan,I am so very sorry to learn of Bob's passing. A smile that could light up the room...I'll miss seeing him at all the spots we would meet and...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Marie Mecca - Vernon, CT - Friend

“Dear Jan, It goes without saying that Anne and I were surprised by Bob's passing. You have our deepest sympathy for you and the family loss. I...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Anne and Larry Owens - Friend

“Jan and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. May God's Peace be with you. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Jeanne and Al Williams - Friend

“Jan and Family, I've met a lot of people on my painting journeys. Jan and Bob were one of the nicest couples I've ever met. Bob was such a great...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Chip and Jane Plucker

“So sorry for the loss of Bob. He will be greatly missed by anyone that knew him. We´ll miss our lunches together. We´ll always be here for you....Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Carol and Dan Burnett - Friend

“So so sorry for your loss ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Thomas Mccarthy - Vernon, CT

“We extend our condolences to the family on the passing of your loved one. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Clinton Chu - Middletown, CT

“Beth, Jan, Todd and family - My heart is broken for all of you. I have fond memories of spending time with you in Vernon and Bob filling up my...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Jennifer Lockwood - Winchester, MA

“Im so sorry for your loss to you Jane and your family.For the short while that we knew need Bob, he was a pleasure to know. He always said hello if...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Tina Crane - VERNON ROCKVL, CT

Robert Dean McGarity Jr., 85, of Vernon, CT passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 19, 2022. He was the beloved husband of Janet (Williams) McGarity, who he was married to for sixty years.

Born on October 21, 1936, in Norwich, NY, he was the son of the late Robert Sr. and Olga (Smith) McGarity, owners of McGarity's Ice Cream. He graduated from Colgate University in 1958 and retired as the Director of Administrative Services from Travelers Insurance where he worked for thirty-eight years. He was very active in his community and held leadership positions in various organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Vernon PTO, Jaycees and Concordia Lutheran Church where he was a deacon and served on the church council, finance committee and legacy committee. He also served on numerous Town of Vernon committees, including the Water Pollution Authority, Ethics Commission and Town Council.

However, of all his accomplishments, Bob was most proud of his family. In addition to his wife, Jan, he was an incredible father to Beth Hanson (West Hartford, CT) and Todd McGarity and wife Debbie (Summit, NJ), and an unbelievable grandpa to Jack and Charlie McGarity (Summit, NJ). He is also survived by his brother, Jon McGarity and wife Susan (Buckeye, AZ), and brother-in-law Paul Williams (Fairport, NY). Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Bob, knew him to be a kind, dependable and generous man who loved big band music, Broadway shows, classic movies and ice cream, and had a wonderful sense of humor. We are lucky to have had him in our lives and will hold him forever in our hearts.

There will be a memorial service held at Concordia Lutheran Church, 40 Pitkin St, Manchester, CT 06040 on Saturday, June 25th at 11:00 AM immediately followed by fellowship and a celebration of Bob's life where all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert's memory can be made to Rockville Public Library, 52 Union St, Rockville, CT 06066 ( or to Concordia Lutheran Church, 40 Pitkin St, Manchester, CT 06040 ( For online condolences please visit