Dear Friends of Joseph,                                                                    

    Since Joseph was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in August, 2013, the greater Schuylerville area community has banded together to help our beloved friend. Two successful fund raising events were held at Saratoga Apple, where Joseph worked seasonally for 20 years. Many also donated generously of their time to provide personal care for him as his disease progressed. Sadly for all who knew him, Joseph passed to his eternal rest on April 29, 2015. You can view his obituary below.

    As one of many migrant Jamaican workers who come to our country for work, Joseph endured the difficulty of separation in order to provide for the basic needs of his loved ones at home. When he could no longer work, the fund raising efforts of the community helped provide for his medical care, his living expenses, and for travel for his wife Gloria to visit him. With his passing, we are asking his friends to help preserve his memory through a contribution which will be used for his funeral expenses, both here and in Jamaica, and to provide a financial boost to his family. May God bless you for your kindness.

GREENWICH – Joseph G. Garricks, 59, passed into the loving arms of the Lord on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Saratoga Hospital, following a long illness.

Born September 1, 1955 in Bonnet District, St. Catherine Jamaica, Joseph was the son of the late Malachi and Joyce Garricks.

As a young man Joseph lived in Kingston, later moving to rural Benbow District, St. Catherine. Always enterprising and hard working, he started his own businesses, in soap manufacture and also in marketing wrapping paper to retail stores. Loving and supporting his family were his driving purposes in life, which led to his securing a position in the apple growing industry in the U.S. He first worked in Massachusetts, and then at Saratoga Apple in Schuylerville, where he was employed for 20 years as a seasonal foreman in the orchard.

Joseph exuded a love for humanity that knew no limits or conditions. In return, all who had the privilege of knowing him, across all walks of life, loved him. A true musician at heart, Joseph enjoyed composing, performing, and recording original songs. His infectious smile was a fixture at area farmers' markets, and his Christian faith was unassuming yet unrestrained.

Joseph is survived by his wife Gloria; his son Dwight and daughter Shaniel Garricks, all of Benbow District; his son Damien of Benbow and Schuylerville; and his son Dwayne Garricks, and daughters Tanisha Garricks and Ackeba Dryden-Chidawah, all of Great Britain.

Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday at New Covenant Community Church, Windy Hill Road, Greenwich. There will be a service of worship and prayer at 5 p.m. A reception for family and friends will be held at Saratoga Apple, Route 29, Schuylerville immediately following. A traditional Jamaican funeral and burial will take place at a later date on the family farm in Benbow.

Expressions of sympathy in the form of donations to assist the family with funeral expenses, along with messages of condolences, may be sent to Fund for Joseph, PO Box 74, Schuylerville, NY 12871.

The following is video from the November 2013 fundraiser.

Fund for Joseph from Myriad Productions on Vimeo.


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