Elmer Garling “Happy Al”

Elmer Garling pic

Elmer F. Garling, (Al) also known as ‘Happy Al’ passed away peacefully on February 8, 2015 at age 90.

Predeceased by his first wife Vivian, second wife Dorothy, daughter Linda, and son William. Survived by daughters Eileen Anthony, Patricia Holler, Frances James, and son James Garling.  Al is also survived by multiple grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.  Al also leaves behind his loving companion Barbara Hooker and her family.  Al was a great friend and neighbor to many people and will be dearly missed.

Al proudly served his country in WWII as a Merchant Marine and was also in the U.S. Army.  Al survived the Murmansk Runs and spent many hours in the ocean awaiting rescue during the war.  Al was injured during WWII and spent 10 months recuperating.

Al was a proud member of American Legion Post 330, VFW Post 16, DAV Chapter 15, and the Merchant Marine Armed Guards.  Al volunteered for many veteran’s events each year, he marched in parades, and distributed poppies up to age 89.  Al recently was able to go to Washington on the Honor Flight and was very proud of this event.  Al worked at Kodak for 31 years and retired in 1984.  Al stayed active his whole life and was always visiting friends and family, going to picnics, working out at the YMCA, taking trips, and was always on the look out for his next adventure.  Al will be remembered for his happy smile, his bolo ties and sharp outfits, his sweet giving nature, sense of humor, firm handshake, and his deep love for his country.  Al had a wonderful 90th birthday party this past summer with family and friends which brought him much happiness.

Donations in Al’s name may be made to the American Legion Ferris Goodridge Post 330, located at 691 Trimmer Road, Spencerport, NY 14559.

Elmer’s Remembrance Service will be held Saturday, April 11th, 2 P.M. at the Ferris-Goodrich American Legion Post 330, 691 Trimmer Road, Spencerport NY 14559.

Rochester Cremation, 4044 W. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14623, 359-2300, RochesterCremation.com

2 Condolences

  1. Kathy Hooker on February 15, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    My condolences go out to Al’s family and friends and to my Mom. Our family was lucky to get to know Al and he was a very sweet man. I’m going to miss him a lot. I’ve never known such a happy, cheerful and upbeat person. I’ll miss you Al.

  2. Bob and Gail Yanus on February 16, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    May he rest in peace, he will be missed for sure. A great war hero who with many others saved this great country

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