Walter "Jake" Garson Jr.
Walter "Jake" Garson, Jr., passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. He was born in Philadelphia to the late Louise nee Redding and Walter Garson, Sr. Jake is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Josephine nee Castorina; children, Chad (Susan), Brooke (Jason Kochersperger), and Scott (Elizabeth); grandchildren, Kathryn, Faith, Samuel, Peyton, and Bryce; sister, Janice Gowland (Rev. James "Dave" Gowland).
Jake was raised in the Lawndale section of Philadelphia and a proud graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School and Penn State University. As was typical of his life of others before self, he served in the United States Army and Army Reserves. He married Jo-Fran in 1975 and a more devoted couple could not be found. His children always came first. He raised them with a quiet grace and instilled in them the importance of hard work and compassion. After he raised his children to be successful adults, he continued his devotion to family by being the most loving Grandpop. Whether it was a big vacation or a quick trip for ice cream, any day spent with their grandfather was a good day. Among his favorite pastimes were golfing, attending his children's and grandchildren's activities and spending time with innumerable friends he gained throughout his life. He was a devout Catholic and active member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Southampton, PA including serving as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. Jake opened his direct mail business with his father in 1977, a family run business of over 25 employees, which he managed until his retirement in 2016. After retirement, he was a proud member of Building a Bridge to Uganda, an organization that supports education and spiritual initiatives to the people of Uganda, particularly babies and school age children. He faced his diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease head-on, literally fighting back through boxing with Rock Steady Lower Bucks. He developed a love of travel with Jo-Fran and family members. While he will be dearly missed his legacy will live on in the countless lives he touched in so many ways.
Attendance at Jake's Mass of Christian Burial is to be limited to family only. The Mass will be live streamed SATURDAY DECEMBER 19, 2020, via https://www.facebook.com/JamesJMcGheeFuneral. Live stream and Words of Remembrance will begin at 9:55AM. Mass will begin at 10AM, with Rev. Christopher Walsh as celebrant.
A celebration of Jake's life will be held at a later date when health risks have subsided.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Walter "Jake" Garson, Jr. may be made to Building a Bridge to Uganda by visiting www.BridgeToUganda.org, or by mailing P.O. Box 26, Richboro, PA, 18954.
Condolences may be sent to Jake's family by visiting www.McGheeFuneralHome.com