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|Service: October 21, 2019 (Monday) at 2:00 P.M.|
Location: Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
Lucien Rocco Peter Garo, better known as “Lou”, age 91, died on October 15, 2019 at the Casey Hospice House of heart failure and acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
Memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Dr, Bethesda, MD 20816 on October 21st, 2019 at 2:00 pm, reception to follow. Private interment.
Beloved husband of Christine Benedict Garo of Bethesda, MD; and loving father “Pop” to Cecelia Bruno of Chicago, IL, Lucien Garo Jr. of King of Prussia, PA, Adrienne Garo of Charlottesville, VA, Elizabeth Garo of Centreville, VA, Monique Duke of Herndon, VA, and two stepchildren Robert Orr of Jonesboro, GA and Phoebe Orr-Richardson of Wichita, KS. Loving grandfather “Pops” to Marc Bruno, Shana Conley, Jennifer Fuller, Michael Bruno, Lucien Garo III, Evan Garo, Jenna Garo, Paul Garo, Padric Moneymaker, Colin Moneymaker, Brigitte Moneymaker, Jessica Weaver, Jocelyne Amos, Alexis Duke, and step grandchildren Eric Orr, Andrew Orr, Thomas Richardson III, Kevin Richardson, Jesse Orr and Meagan Richardson; twelve great-grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren, and his beloved rescue cocker spaniel Kodie.
His sense of adventure, love of learning and history, “Lou-isms”, gourmet meals and tales and itineraries of his travels will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 30 years, Cecelia Savarino Garo, who died in Fairfax, VA in 1984, and his baby sister, Angeline Lucy Garo, who died in Buffalo, NY in 1926.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church of the Epiphany for the Street Church fund, 1317 G Street N.W Washington DC 20005; The Greater Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, www.nationalmssociety.org; The National Down Syndrome Congress, www.NDSCcenter.org; or Breast Care for Washington D.C, www.breastcaredc.org.
Lou was born in Buffalo, NY on December 31st, 1927. He lived in the Western NY area for most of his life; however he did live for a period of two years in Dijon, France with his parents in 1931. He attended Pine Hill High School in Cheektowaga, NY where he was a varsity right tackle for the only undefeated team in the school’s history. After his graduation in 1945, Lou entered the U.S. Army where he served two years in South Korea. He was a member of the military forces who freed the Koreans from Japanese control.
During the summer of 1947, he attended evening classes at the Art Institute of Buffalo. Here, he was introduced to basic art instruction that would become a hobby in later years. In the fall of 1947, he enrolled in the University of Buffalo at Buffalo, NY. In 1951, he received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration. He also attended graduate degree studies at the University of Chicago School of Business in 1971.
Lou was recruited as a sales trainee with the Socony Vacuum Oil Co (now Exxon-Mobil) in 1951. His service with Socony was a lifetime career, and it included both domestic and international postings. He started in Niagara Falls, NY, followed by a stay in New York City, NY. He then entered the Foreign Trade Department and was sent to his first overseas assignment in Dakar, Senegal (F.W.A). He was then promoted to a new assignment in Lagos, Nigeria, followed by his last assignment in 1962, in Kaduna Nigeria. It was here at the time of President Kennedy’s assassination, that Lou led a group of American businessmen to create a J.F.K memorial scholarship at the University of Zaria in Zaria, Nigeria.
In 1964, he returned to the domestic operations of what was then the Mobil Oil Co. Over 21 years he was in different assignments in Indianapolis IN, Chicago IL, Atlanta GA, Philadelphia PA, Ft Lauderdale FL, and finally at corporate headquarters in Fairfax VA, where he retired in 1985.
Lou was also a part-time resident of Sun City, SC. Here, he was an active member of the Low County Civil War Round Table, and the Art Club. During his retirement, Lou became an accomplished water colorist, with studies at The Corcoran Art School, The Smithsonian Art Seminar, Glen Echo Art School, all in the DC area, and at Senior Education Seminars in Ft Lauderdale, FL.
During his retirement, Lou pursued his love of travel. He explored many areas of the world, including Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He was fluent in French and studied Italian and Arabic. In the year 2000, he published a book, “My Ancestry” involving twenty years of research and study in Italy and France, the respective birth places of his parents.
Lou was an accomplished gourmet cook and delighted in hosting friends to his ethnic dinners. He delighted in being a voracious reader of vastly diverse subjects and was a member of two book clubs over twenty years. For over ten years, he and his wife Kiki were members of Redeemer’s outreach group who prepared and provided lunches to the homeless. This took place every Tuesday at Franklin Park in Downtown D.C as part of the Street Church program introduced by the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany on “G” street.
He was an active parishioner of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda, MD. Lou was a member of Redeemer’s retired men’s lunch group, a volunteer usher, a lector, and an annual participant in the men’s annual retreat.
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