It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our amazing husband, father and grandfather, Garnet Blair Jackett. Born on Aug. 19, 1943 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to parents Harold and Marjorie Jackett.
Garnet grew up in Winnipeg playing and excelling in the sports he loved. From baseball, to hockey, curling and later in life to golf, his skills netted him numerous awards and more importantly lifelong friendships.
In 1964 Garnet began training for the RCMP in Ottawa N Division. There was never any question if Garnet was choosing the right job. Born with a name synonymous with Red Coat, he proudly entered into service as a police officer. After completing training, Garnet took his first post to Nelson, B.C. He served a short time there before being transferred to Kimberly, B.C. where he was introduced to the great love of his life Janet, through her protective and loving brothers. Garnet and Janet were married in Cranbrook, B.C. on Apr. 1, 1967 and soon settled in Creston, B.C. where they began their life together and their only daughter Jennifer Lynn was born.
In 1970 Garnet and his young family were transferred to the Lower Mainland where he worked in various capacities including GIS, Airport Special Squad, Serious Crime, Joint Forces, Attorney Generals Dept. and Staffing before coming full circle back to General Duty.
While his work took him to various locations around the Lower Mainland, the family settled for 23 years in North Delta. Garnet always found time to share his wisdom and skills coaching not only Jennifer’s baseball teams, but several rewarding seasons of Pony division boys baseball as well. He faithfully sat and cheered the many ballet festivals, choir concerts, piano recitals and plays. He refereed sleepovers and kissed skinned knees. He was a wonderful Dad.
He and Janet were avid curlers and spent many days and nights at the North Delta Thistle Curling Club competing and enjoying the camaraderie of the sport.
Garnet and Janet enjoyed their days in North Delta and were reluctant to move after so many years in the community. But, a beautiful posting to the sunny Shuswap persuaded the couple to take one last transfer to Salmon Arm.
After 32 years (1964-1996) of outstanding service to the RCMP and the community, Garnet retired to a life of golf, gardening, curling with Salmon Arm Curling Club, family and new friendships. Garnet enjoyed retirement and would frequently awaken early enough to enjoy the sun rising over “his lake”. But, even in retirement his connection to his fellow RCMP led him to serve as past President of the Shuswap Veterans Association.
Garnet was very proud of his family; particularly his four grandchildren. He loved to hear the hockey and rugby scores. He followed school accomplishments, ballet recitals and always brought Tim Horton’s treats when visiting his clan.
Garnet had much to be thankful for and he counted his many blessings as he on many occasions over the years was forced to fight for the life he loved. Garnet had the sprit of a warrior.
His life lived was a testament to that, and he will be deeply missed by his soul mate and wife Janet Jackett (nee Epp), his daughter Jennifer (Rob) Atkinson, his four grandchildren Devon, Keelan, Alyssa and Aidan. His many bothers and sisters in-law; Wayne and Bev (Terrace, B.C.), Ron and Pat (Blind Bay, B.C.), Barry and Lynn (Cranbrook, B.C.), Ken and Kay (Cranbrook, B.C.), Keith and Val (Sorrento, B.C.) and many adoring nieces and nephews. As well as his extended family in Surrey, Lee and Mo. Garnet was predeceased by his parents and sister Joyce Lalonde.
A memorial and celebration of Garnet’s life will be held in his honour on Sat. June 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm at the Shuswap Lake Estates Lodge, 2405 Centennial, Blind Bay, B.C.
Janet and family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Grant McCallum, Dr. Paul Etheridge, the incredible nursing staff at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital, the ladies at the Lab and of course family, friends and neighbours for their support.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Box 1141 Salmon Arm, V1E 4P3 or to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N3.
Arrangements entrusted to FISCHER’S FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORIUM LTD., Salmon Arm, (250) 833-1129, Email condolences and share memories at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.