Garrett Edwin Hough

October 17, 1934 - February 10, 2020
Garrett Edwin Hough

Garrett Edwin Hough of Wilmington, a loving husband and father, passed away on February 10, 2020 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center at the age of 85.

Born on October 17, 1934 in New York City to Edwin Joseph and Irene Phalen Hough, he was the oldest of four sons, Bobby (Ann) in Florida who preceded him in death, Billy (Janice) of Lumberton, NC, and Nettie (Gayetta) of Pennsylvania. Surviving also are a much loved sister-in-law, Barbara J. Morris, and her husband, Dennis of NY and Florida.

On November 4, 1961, Gary married the love of his life, Flo (whom he called “Sunshine”), and they raised two daughters, Kelly-Ann and Colleen. In their 58 years of marriage, Gary and Flo stood together as a team. He is survived by one granddaughter, Cassandra Holz of New York, numerous cousins and other family members whom he loved.

Always a devoted family man, he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and, when discharged, he began a 30-year career with United Parcel Service where he won many awards for outstanding service, including the Million Mile Award and no accidents.

Retiring in 1994, Gary and Flo moved to Wilmington and became active in the community. Gary was instrumental in the start-up of the truck driving school at Cape Fear Community College where he taught classes. He was a long time member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church.

Always a man of honor and integrity, Gary valued family and friends, often regaling them with stories, philosophy, and expressions of love – young and old, he loved them all. A man of superior intelligence, he took great pride in being an excellent provider, extremely honest, patriotic, generous, showing off his flower garden, listening to big band music, and helpful to anyone in need.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 pm till 5:00 pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel. A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 am on Monday, February 17, 2020, at St. Mark Catholic Church, 1013 Eastwood Road, Wilmington, NC 28403.

Inurnment will follow in the St. Mark Catholic Church Columbarium.

In recognition of Garrett’s honorable and faithful service the United States Air Force Honor Guard will present a Rendering of Military Honors.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.

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Monday, February 17, 2020
10:30 AM

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1011 Eastwood Rd
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
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Saturday, February 15, 2020
3:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

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  • February 14, 2020
    Betty Jo Joyce says:
    Flo and Family, Gilmer and I, your neighbors, are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for you.

  • February 15, 2020
    Kim Longbittom says:
    Dearest Flo, I’m so sorry to hear that Gary has passed. You both had a beautiful Love story for the ages. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • February 15, 2020
    Kim Longbottom lit a candle:
    Lit since February 15, 2020 at 2:07:58 PM

  • February 19, 2020
    Anne Doyle says:
    Flo, I am so sorry to hear this news. I just found out today. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.