10-17-2021 - Friend and THS Classmate Senior Class President Bob Garis has died (sent 10/13/21)
It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform everyone that Robert 'Bob' Garis passed away last year. Bob was a star football player and president of our senior class. The following statement was posted on social media Dec 17, 2020: 'We are deeply saddened by the passing of Arizona Football Letterwinner Bob Garis. Bob played for the Wildcats from 1959-1961, and was co-captain of the ‚Äė61 nationally ranked team. Our thoughts are with Bob‚Äôs family, friends and teammates.‚ÄĚ
The celebration of Bob's life is scheduled for Sunday, Nov 7, 2021, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Lodge on the Desert Palm Room. Everyone is welcome to attend.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Jerry Willis (520) 797-2849 or Chris McGuire (520) 907-1037.
Robert Charles 'Bob' Garis
5 Sept 1940 - 22 Nov 2020
My handsome and charming father was born on September 5, 1940, in Tamaqua, PA to Robert Oliver and Fern Garis, and he died on November 22, 2020, at the age of 80, in Tucson, AZ.Bob died due to football related complications.
After a long career in the insurance and public utility industry, Bob retired from Sedgwick James (Marsh). He was also a veteran and retired officer in the US Air National Guard. After graduating from Tucson High School where he was Class President in 1958, Bob attended the University of Arizona, he was Co-Captain of the football team playing both sides of the field as center and nose guard. Bob graduated from University of Arizona in 1961 after which he kicked off his long and successful career.
In 1964 Bob married Sue Williams Garis and her young daughter, Katie (Katherine Garis Rood). Bob and Sue married, then later had Kelly (Kelly Jo Garis Copley). In 1982, Bob and Sue divorced and after many years as a single father, Bob married Catherine Homan, to whom he was married until his death.
Bob loved all things football. After playing a brief stint in the NFL as long snapper for the San Diego Chargers and Semi Pro team Miami Bombers, he officiated high school games in the Tucson area, followed all the pro football teams cheering for UofA alumni, Bob attended and held season tickets to UofA football and basketball teams.
Bob is survived by his two daughters and five grandchildren, Charles and (Kim) Shaffer, Kayla (Schaffer) Garcia and (Robert) Garcia, Skyler Shaffer, Hannah Garis (Copley) Weaver and (Ben) Weaver and Cameron Garis Copley; as well as seven great-grandchildren. Bob is also survived by his aunt, Jeannie (Garis) and Ken Trexler and many cousins in IL, NY and PA.
Prior to the University of Arizona Homecoming Football game on Saturday, November 6, 2021, James and Kelly Garis Copley will be gathering, with family and friends, at the Wildcat Tailgate in the Davis Sports Center (the indoor football practice facility next to the football stadium). Tickets must be purchased in advance for $25. If you are unable to purchase the tickets on your own, please contact Kelly at email@example.com before Tuesday, November 2, 2021, and she will assist you. We will be there when the Tailgate begins (four hours before kickoff), kickoff has not been announced as of print time.
There will be a public Memorial Service on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at The Lodge on the Desert Resort at 10:00 a.m. There will be a reception at the home of James and Kelly Copley immediately following the service.
He will be missed by all. Donations can be made in his name to Boston University's Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center. Boston University CTE Center, 704 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02215.
Published by Arizona Daily Star on Oct. 17, 2021.
10-17-2021 - Friend and THS Classmate Reunion Committee Member John Harlow has died [sent 5/12/2020]
John Miller HARLOW, Jr.
Oct 8, 1940 - Mar 26, 2020
John Miller Harlow, Jr. was born on October 8, 1940, in Duluth, Minnesota. Beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, John died at his home on March 26, 2020, from prostate cancer.
John arrived in Tucson from Duluth in November of 1940, at the age of eight weeks. He was accompanied by his twin brother William, his sister Rebecca, and mother, Mary Coventry Harlow. The young family was met at the train station of their father and husband, John M. Harlow, Sr., who had arrived earlier and was in the process of establishing a business as a landscape architect.
John spent his entire life in Tucson except for a brief period attending basic training for the Arizona Air National Guard. He attended Sam Hughes and Peter Howell Elementary schools, Roskruge Jr. High, Tucson High School (Go Badgers!) and the University of Arizona where he was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity.
After two years of college, John decided working for his father at Harlow Nursery (now Harlow Gardens) would allow him to earn a living doing what he enjoyed the most -- being outside and working with nature. As the years passed, he found himself managing the family operation: the flower shop with his mother, the garden center, the potting shed where plants were started from seed, residential and commercial landscape design and construction, as well as maintaining the property.
John married in 1963, embracing fatherhood from day one, to Debbie, age 11, Stephen, age 10, and Brad, age 9. William was born later in 1964. Staying true to his character, John never thought of any of his children as step-children, simply as four kids he called his own. All were proud to call him Dad. John was a kind and generous man who loved his family first and foremost, taking great pride in their accomplishments.
By 1969, with a family and a successful business that continued to grow, John called upon his twin brother William to join him in the business. In 1997, William's son John C. Harlow joined the business as well. For 50+ years the twin brothers worked side by side to build their business into the successful entity it is today.
In 1980, the Arizona Landscape Contractors' Association (ALCA) offered a residential landscape design program featuring faculty from Ohio State University. Capitalizing on an artistic gene that ran in his family, he quickly grasped the required concepts and began a thirty-eight year career as a residential landscape designer. Using his special talent for listening to his clients and understanding their needs, he designed hundreds of practical, beautiful, relaxing, and affordable outdoor spaces for Tucson homeowners. Many of his designs have been recognized with local, state and national awards for design excellence.
John was past president of the Tucson Nurserymen's Association, the Arizona Nursery Association (ANA), and ALCA where he also served on the board for twenty-five years and was elected to the ALCA Hall of Fame. He is the only person in state history to be president of both the ANA and ALCA.
His enjoyment of the outdoors began at the age of ten with trips, lead by his father, to explore the Onyx cave in Madera Canyon. He continued to explore the outdoors as a member of the Boy Scouts and was awarded the Order of the Arrow in 1956. As an adult, John's love of nature and travel took him to the High Sierras, Arizona, and New Mexico, with various groups and hiking clubs.
John was, first and foremost, a kind and gentle man. Always forgiving and non-judgemental, he was there to lift up and never to tear down. It was this trait most of all that endeared him to his many family members and co-workers. It wasn't hard to get along with John. If you needed support he was always there for you. John's words of wisdom, comfort, and encouragement will remain in the heats and memories of his family and friends.
He is survived by: children, Deborah Copley Outcalt (Bruce) of Indiana, Stephen Copley of Texas, Bradley Copley (Stacey) of Tucson, and William Harlow (Anne) of Colorado. Twin brother, William C. Harlow (Marion) of Tucson and sisters, Julia Harlow Valeski (Tom) of Denver and Rebecca Harlow Potter (Fred) of Pasadena; grandchildren, Melissa Miller (Roger), Michael Copley Outcalt, Brienne Kocher (Ted), Megan Copley, Samantha Keithly (Kris), Jesse Copley, Griffin Harlow, and Colby Harlow; great-grandchildren, Shane Jukes, Jacob Jukes, Seth McDonald, Harper Keithly, Sloane Keithly, Rylee Copley, and Wyatt Copley; nieces, Jennifer Harlow Day, Elizabeth Coventry Sanders (Kirk) and nephews, John Coventry Harlow (Becky), Allan Harlow Potter (Allana), Judson Coventry Valeski, and Ashley Harlow Valeski (Elizabeth).He is preceded in death by his parents, John M. Harlow, Sr. and Mary Coventry Harlow.
Due to the current state of the nation, family and friends will be invited to share their memories and celebrate John's life at a future date. Memories of John will be collected and printed in a memory book. Submissions may be sent to: RememberingJohn1940@gmail.com
For those who wish to make a memorial donation, two of John's favorite charities were the Sportsmen's Fund, PO Box 16141, Tucson, AZ 85732 for the Send a Kid to Camp program, and the Southern Arizona Girl Scouts, 4300 E. Broadway Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85711. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel.
10-17-2021 - From Chris and Carol McGuire [sent 6/17/21]
Dear Classmates of THS 1958
Chris and I want to introduce you to our son, retired Major General
Michael ‚ÄúMick‚ÄĚ McGuire, who has recently announced that he will run for
the US Senate representing the state of Arizona. In 2013 Mick was
appointed the adjutant general of the Arizona National Guard and
Director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs.
During the COVID 19 pandemic he was instrumental in setting up the mass
vaccination site at the Arizona Cardinals stadium and other sites around
the state. Under his leadership the National Guard transported supplies
to remote areas of the state and packed boxes and distributed food at
local food banks. He was in command when 300 troops were deployed to the
border to support the border security efforts.
From 2001 to 2013 Mick served the Arizona Air National Guard as
commander of the 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson. He also commanded 214th
Reconnaissance Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. He was an
instructor pilot for the F-16 which he flew in combat.
Mick retired in April after 34 years of military service and 4 years at
the United States Air Force Academy. Now he wants to serve the citizens
of Arizona as their United States Senator. This is a huge under taking
and we are asking you to support him in any way you can...
‚ÄĘ Vote for Mick if you live in Arizona (the primary election is August
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 2, 2022), and/or,
‚ÄĘ Pray for Mick, and/or
‚ÄĘ Look at his website: ¬†electmick.com
Thank you for your time as we appreciate all of you.