Condolence & Memory Journal

I just came across this by accident when looking up something about the Cornwall Lebanon School Board. I was a new sophomore in 1973 coming from a very small school in NJ. Chorus was my safe place and became my family. I didnt start school until the third day and he joked about me being over at Lebanon High running around in circles. (I had to ask someone what that meant! )
Mr. Garrett encouraged me to try out for District Chorus (never made it), Honors Choir (did that, I think they took everyone!) become an accompanist and a soloist. The best part is that I had the confidence to try out for my college Concert Choir and made it. It started a wonderful experience of participating in every single singing group the college offered.
I just retired after 38 years of teaching and counseling in middle schools. I do believe James Garrett played a part in me deciding to be becoming an educator. He certainly influenced my life. May he Rest In Peace. Your family should be very proud of his contributions.
Side note....I did babysit his kiddos a few times

Posted by Vicki Bloss(maiden) Seifred - Landenberg, PA - student   September 06, 2019

Sometimes, I come back here and I read all the memories everyone has shared with my family, and I smile because of all the impacts my grandfather has had on so many people all over the country. As it approaches the anniversary of his passing, these messages mean the world to me. Everything I do in school, chorus, marching band, color guard, was all because of him. I will forever be in debt to him, and his talent that he passed down to me. I miss you, Papperz.

Posted by Abigail Garrett - Lebanon, PA - Grandchild   April 07, 2019

Mr. GARRETT taught us all to LISTEN to music. The rhythms and melodies of R&R have never been the same.. His kindness to a lost kid in the mid 1970's is still held in my heart. Religion and real world situations explained in heart felt conversations were the norm. I am saddened to hear of his passing almost a year late but his memory will go in my heart forever. Yes, he was my favorite teacher.See you on the other side. Jamie CCHS 1976

Posted by Jamie Ciotti - Lebanon - Student   February 12, 2019

Mr. Garrett opened up an entire new world of music I never knew prior to taking his class. He left his mark on me. My condolences to your family.

Posted by Debra Felty Tate - Port Charlotte, FL - Student   May 16, 2018

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RIP Mr. James Garrett.

Posted by Scott Darkes - Lebanon, PA - Student   May 14, 2018

Loved Mr. Garrett's music classes. I went to the old Middle School in Iona. He had that cool cart with the built-in stereo. He introduced my ears to The James Gang and Dvorak's 5th Symphony in E-Minor, among other memorable tunes. Thanks Mr. G!

Posted by Andreas Durr - Lebanon, PA - Student   May 14, 2018

Mr Garrett was such a good guy...great lover of music and infected everyone around him with it...can't say I wasn't in trouble with him at times--showing up late to class, choir, or even performance but he was usually filled with grace and got way too many benefits...I still love music, I still love to sing, and I credit him with teaching me how to effectively read music and interpret it. Condolences to his family...

Posted by Kevin Fitzpatrick - Fayetteville, AR - Student   May 14, 2018

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Jim and I go way back to our childhood days on South Ninth St. in Lebanon. He had a nice collection of toy cars if I remember correctly. Jim was the primary reason that I took up the clarinet which led me to a career in The U.S.Navy music Program. Thanks Jim. Rest in peace.

Bob Zimmerman

Posted by Robert Zimmerman - Lebanon, PA - Friend   May 11, 2018

Rest In Peace Mr. Garrett. You were my favorite teacher of all time. I true mentor and great music teacher. Your music theory classes were the reason I got more disciplined in studying music. I have no doubt that your music theory classes were a key reason I got accepted to Berklee College of Music. I thank you for not just being a teacher but also a friend.

I know one of your favorite songs was "Come Sail Away" by Styx. I am listening to them now, and remembering our time together. I will never forget you.

Posted by Travis Grimes - Lebanon, PA - Teacher   May 08, 2018

Mr. Garrett was a great teacher and mentor to me. He wrote a wonderful letter of recommendation and his music theory lessons helped me get into Berklee College of Music!

Posted by Chad Grimes - Lebanon, PA - Student   May 08, 2018

I had Mr. Garrett for 9th grade chorus. He showed us on a daily basis how to be a fair and decent person. I remember one day he was surprised that there were a few of us who wanted the same solo and he was a little perplexed on whom to choose. His decision was to let all of us who raised our hands sing the solo together. Another time a student had a seizure in class and Mr. Garrett was right there helping the student until the seizure ended. He was a good teacher and a good servant to God. Many prayers to Suzie and the rest of the Garrett family as they come to terms with the loss of their beloved father.

Posted by Cookie "Brownsberger" Bonsall - Mount Joy, PA - student   May 06, 2018

I was saddened to hear of the loss of Jim. He was my band and chorus director at Cedar Crest High School my senior year. Besides being a wonderful teacher, I considered him a friend and a mentor. He was a major influence in my eventual career choice in music. I regret that I will be away and unable to attend the visitation.

Posted by David Boltz - Lake Frederick, VA - student   May 05, 2018

I was influenced by Mr garrett as he was a great role model and went to college at West Chester because of his influence. Prayers to his family.

Posted by Terry Karnes - Bainbridge, GA - Student   May 04, 2018

The only parts of my high school i remember is singing with Mr Garrett. You were a role model and a dear friend rest in peace

Posted by David PORTER - PA - Student   May 04, 2018

The only parts of my high school i remember is singing with Mr Garrett. You were a role model and a dear friend rest in peace

Posted by David PORTER - Student   May 04, 2018

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I will always remember the faith you had in me to become more. It was nice to see you again, performing for the residents where I worked, and reconnecting. "In everybody's heart there sings a Melody". I will never forget Wilson, South Carolina; I never laughed so hard. God Bless the Garrett Families.

Posted by Melody Kohr - Student   May 02, 2018