It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our son, Garrett R Caulfield, who was called to live in eternity with our Lord on March 24, 2023. He died suddenly and peacefully at his home in Wilmington, NC.
His greatest loves were his family, his spiritual devotion, and his dogs, which were at the center of his life. From birth, he was blessed to be surrounded by aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins who lived nearby. Holidays and birthdays were especially memorable. Garrett was adored by his family and known for his humor, wit, warm smile and fun-loving laugh. He also had a deep devotion and spiritual connection to our Lord. He trusted in the power and guidance given to him through prayer and faith. Another joy in his life was his fierce devotion to his beloved dogs, Marlie and Tuxie. Although Marlie has gone to her eternal rest, his only niece, Emma and family, have happily and lovingly adopted Tuxie.
Garrett was interested and excelled in sports since the age of three. He played baseball, football, soccer, basketball, lacrosse and skied throughout his childhood, into adulthood. His love for sports only grew stronger through the years and although he moved out of Massachusetts to pursue career opportunities, he always remained a New England sports fan at heart.
After graduating from St. John’s Prep (Class of 2002) where he excelled in journalism and sports, he attended East Carolina University as a Communications/Journalism major. His love for North Carolina began as a child, where he vacationed during summers with family. Garrett’s maternal grandfather was born and generations of family were rooted in Eastern North Carolina. It is from these experiences, he fell in love with North Carolina, wanted to go to college there, and ultimately fulfilled his dream of living there.
Garrett’s career path of managing high-level restaurants took him to Florida and ultimately to Wilmington, NC. He built a reputation as a great leader within his industry. He led his teams with integrity, empathy, courage and trust. He created a family-like environment with his employees and a strong sense of community. Over his 15 plus years in restaurant management, Garrett delivered unprecedented results. We are so proud of his countless accomplishments while remaining true to his family values and convictions.
He is survived by his mother Patricia Caulfield of Beverly Hills, FL, his father Matthew Caulfield and his wife Christine McAllister of Boxford MA, his sister Jessica, niece Emma and nephew Jaxon of Inverness FL, Grandparents Marianne and Arthur Archibald of Ocala FL, Grandfather Max Corbett of Beverly MA, Auntie Maureen and Uncle Dean Frantz of Gettysburg PA, Auntie Carolyn and Uncle Vincent Burke of Byfield MA, Auntie Linda and Uncle Jeff Tech of Martinsburg WV, Uncle Marc Corbett of Beverly MA, Auntie Lisa of Beverly MA and cousins.
Relatives and family are invited to attend the funeral mass at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, Beverly, MA on May 5,2023 at 10:30 AM, followed by a graveside ceremony at Rowley Burial Ground.
Contributions may be made in Garrett’s memory to Sweet Paws Rescue or Northeast Animal Rescue.