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Garland Spence

Obituary for Garland Spence

December 6, 1953 - November 22, 2019
Avon Lake, Ohio | Age 65

Loving Father, Grandfather, Brother, Friend


Garland G. Spence, age 65, was born in the winter of 1953 and was taken from us too soon in November 2019. Growing up as a child in West Virginia and Cleveland, he learned the life skills of working hard, humility and perseverance that he would carry with him.

Garland loved working with his hands and displayed this through his carpentry, artistry of drawing, talented drum playing, and his constant desire to help others by being a personal handyman to his friends and family.

Garland was the beloved father of his only child, Melissa Spence Sharrer, and delighted in being the grandfather to her children, Marissa and Dylan. His memory will also be cherished by his siblings Rose Murphy (Roger) and Henry Spence (Linda), and by Melissa's mother Diane. He was preceded in death by his parents, Juanita and Bruce Fry and his sister Carmella.

Garland's greatest desire was to show his family how much he loved them, and each parting included a warm hug, a "thank you", and "I love you." His family will remember Garland privately, with no public services.

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163 Avon Belden Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012
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