Richard J. Garbacik, 88, of Camp Hill, PA would like to let you know that his work here is done. He received a “call” on April 9, 2020, for his next assignment, the kind of call you can’t refuse. This assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with family, friends and pets he has not seen in a long time.
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The son of the Frank and Nellie (Skitzki) Garbacik, Richard was born on July 9th, 1931 in Hazleton, PA.
Richard received his Bachelor’s degree and Masters of Administration from Penn State University. He is a US Navy Veteran who served during the Korean War. Richard was a retired Electrical Engineer from the Naval Ship Engineering Center in Mechanicsburg, and a Registered Professional Engineer. He was a member of the Church of The Good Shepherd in Camp Hill and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Harrisburg, Camp Hill American Legion Post 43, Lower Allen Township, VFW Post 7530, The Engineering Society of PA, and Carlisle Fish and Game Assoc. We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from “The Candy Man,” among them: Let people know that you are “Perfect in Every Way just like them.” Also, don’t take fashion cues from anyone! And, no matter how bad things get, “It’s just a temporary inconvenience.” Richard was a very generous man, even with wildlife. He fed the deer in his backyard on a nightly basis and he took pride in watching them frolic and the effect it had on those passing by.
He is survived by his close friends whom he considered daughters, Dr. Lee Morand (boyfriend Jerry Tarud) and Paige Pynos, all from Camp Hill, PA. Among his many friends, best friend Dick Jones, Annie and Marie Hine-Bernard, Kieran, Tom, and Jenna Cavrich.
Due to the health concerns of COVID-19, a mass of Christian burial to be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd will be planned for a later date.
Myers-Harner Funeral & Cremation Services, Camp Hill, has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.