Vincent Joseph Garnett was born in Evanston, IL on Easter Sunday, April 1st of 1934, and was the fifth and youngest born to Winfield Alexander Garnett and Irene Virginia Garnett. Two brothers Winfield Alexander Garnett Jr., Thomas Herman Garnett and one sister Helen Garnett pre-deceased Vince. He is survived by one sister, Irene LaVerne Garnett.
After losing his parents at the age of eight, Vince's brother Thomas, at the age of 21, was determined to keep the family together and cared for Vince and sister, Irene. His eldest brother Winfield and wife, Lucille, also played a key role in Vince's upbringing. The Evanston community and Dr. Isabella Garnett provided the family with daily lunches as well as neighbors offering din_ners from time to time.
Educated in the Evanston Public School system, Vince graduated with near perfect attendan& (one absence and one tardy) over the span of 13 years.
Vince decided to settle down and through his friend Carl Davis, he met a young wom an from the south side of Chicago, Judy Bowen, and the rest is history. They dated for a little over three years before marrying in October of 1961. Vince was adored by Judy's parents and family. Two sons were born to Vince and Judy, Brian Jeffrey (deceased) and Steven Curtis. Vince was an excellent role model for his two sons, and they loved and respected him in return.
Vince attended Second Baptist Church all his life. Vince, Judy, Brian, and Steven were baptized as a family in 1974. Vince was called to service as a Deacon in 1976 under the pastorship of Rev. Dr. Hycel B. Taylor. Vince served with honor until 2008 when he became Deacon Emeritus. Second Baptist honored Vince with numerous awards over the years including Grandfather of the Year, The Stephen Honorable Service Award, Outstanding Senior Award, The Commendable Model of Faith, Senior Hall of Fame Award, and more.
Printing was Vince's vocation, influenced by his brother Thomas. Together, they start ed a printing business, first in his aunt's basement and later opened Garnett Print Shop on Simpson Street. After closing the printing business in 1958, Vince continued his professional printing career at Tech Search in Wilmette from the 1960s until the Mid-70s and continued his career at Barton, Ashman unfil his retirement.
Vince always had a love for American made cars. He was a proud Buick man for nearly 50 years. He enjoyed visiting the Chicago Auto Show and traveling to various auto museums over the years with his son Steven. Vince was a model car collector, and he built a high-quality display cabinet for his collection of over 400 model cars.
The tragic and unfortunate death of his dear son Brian in 1992 brought changes to the Garnett family. Brian's only child, Justin Marcoviche, was born in 1991. After the passing of Justin's beloved Mother, Tracy Marcoviche, in 1994, Vince and Judy adopted Justin. Vince and Justin went everywhere together, and he was affectionately known as "Mr. Mom". At the time of Vince's retirement, he and Judy were starting all over again to raise another son. Justin attended Second Baptist from early childhood and was baptized in 1999.
Vince and Judy moved to Hoffman Estates and spent the next 16 years raising Justin. Following the birth of Steven and wife Kimberly's second child Khirsti in 1996, Vince and Judy began babysitting for their precious granddaughter and attending school events with Nicquei. The time they spent with their three grandchildren filled them with great joy.
Vince stayed committed to Second Baptist throughout the years he was away from Evanston. In 2012, Vince and family returned to Evanston. He lived out his life happily, surrounded by family, friends, and community. He most enjoyed his time at home with his wife where he passed away peacefully at the age of 88.
Vince was a quiet, traditional man who was devoted to his family. He could always be depended on to do the right thing. Vince is survived by his wife of 60 years, Judy, his loving sister Irene, his devoted children, Steven (Kimberly) and Justin, adored grandchildren, Nicquei and Khirsti and great-granddaughter Akai Kimora, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends. Vince was loved by all who knew please keep the family in your prayers.
Arragements entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette~Funeral Director
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