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David George Garrabrants '52

David George Garrabrants of Union, N.J., died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the age of 87, after a brief illness. Visitation was from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, at the Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Ave., Union, 07083. A memorial service started at 3:30 p.m., with a light repast to follow the service. Arrangements are by the Galante Funeral Home, 2800 Morris Ave, Union. David grew up Union and was a 1945 graduate of Union High School, where he was in charge of shepherding Willie Butt, the school's (live) goat mascot to football games. A World War II Navy veteran, he attended college at both Seton Hall and Antioch College (Ohio), and obtained his master's degree in mechanical engineering from Newark College of Engineering in 1956. A faithful member of Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church in Union for more than 50 years, Dave served the Lord and the church in a variety of ways, most recently as a veteran choir member and volunteer for the monthly food pantry. Along with his wife, Barbara, he was a past adviser to the church's senior high youth group for more than two decades. Many of those teens have fond memories of weekend retreats, movie nights/lock-ins, and volleyball marathons with “Mr. and Mrs. G.” In September 2013, Dave was honored by the congregation for 30 years of service as clerk of Session. Dave was preceded in death by his loving parents, Andrew Morgan and Celine Adele Garrabrants (nee Boyette). He was the beloved husband of 57 years to Barbara Jean Garrabrants (nee Morris) and loving father to Beth Jean Canning and her husband, Robert, and Andrew Charles Garrabrants and his wife, Lucy Zemp. Dave's quick wit and gentle demeanor will be missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to either the Connecticut Farms Church or to Almost Home Dog Rescue of NJ, P.O. Box 610, Allendale, N.J., www.ahdrnj.com