Photo Compliments of Art Pope ... pictured here with Charlie, and Bob Castillo,
JayBirds Day, 1999.

Charlie Garrow
February 29, 1924
February 3, 2000

Charlie Garrow was a man who touched many lives in many ways. I met him years ago when Diane and I joined up with the Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes & Drums of Coventry, Connecticut. At that time he was Commander of Col. Thomas Knowlton's Ct. Rangers, a unit which I soon learned, he had researched, and created as a sister unit to the Field Music. I knew him also as a Bass Drummer of no small measure. When I became Music Master, I wanted something to motivate our fifers and drummers towards excellence, and Charlie (an excellent silversmith), volunteered to make gorgettes to be awarded to those who reached the top of a progression of selections on their respective instruments. These, he fashioned from pure silver. I still see a few of these worn proudly on the muster fields to this day by those who earned them. Over the years, I learned that he had been instrumental in the building of our corps drums; that he was also a talented pewtersmith, an artisan of many different skills, crafts, & abilities. He was not one to toot his own horn. One "discovered" Charlie's various talents when one needed help with almost anything! If Charlie was around when you got stuck, (and you still had enough presence of mind to ASK) he would either tell you or show you what you needed to know. This happened on so many instances, that most of us tended to just assume he would always be there for us. And for many years he was there with us; quiet (except on the business end of a bass drum), friendly, and gentle. A better friend, one would be hard pressed to find. We were very fortunate to have had him walk with us for a while.

He was also a very active member of the Warehouse Point Fife & Drum Corp. There he played Bass Drum, crafted the silver cockades for the corps, hand painted the corps emblems on all the Warehouse Point Drums. He apparently brought the same enthusiasm to this unit that he demonstrated in the Nathan Hale Corps.

Art Pope and I were fortunate to have been able to visit with Charlie and his beloved Evelyn just before his passing. This near the end, he still had his warm smile, strong handshake, active mind, and concern for the feelings of his visitor.

Charlie Garrow is one of the best men I have ever known, but I will let the words of Art Pope speak for themselves: "Charles Garrow and Eve have been a very positive part of my life and I will never forget them." I can only echo this sentiment.

Bob Castillo, February 7, 2000

Charlie leading his KNOWLTON'S CT RANGERS in a mock battle at the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry, CT.
(More years ago than I care to remember)

Reprinted from Hartford Courant Obituary, Saturday, February 5th 2000

Charles J. Garrow Jr., 75, of Manchester, beloved husband of Evelyn (LaBelle) Garrow, died Thursday (February 3, 2000), at his home. Born February 29, 1924, in Manchester, son of the late Charles J. Garrow Sr. and Jennie (Didgens) Garrow, he was educated in the Manchester School System, and was a lifelong resident of Manchester. Mr. Garrow was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a glazier for many years and later became a machinist until his retirement in 1987. Mr. Garrow was baptized in South United Methodist Church and recently became a communicant of St. Bridget Church in Manchester. He earned his private pilot's license and was a student of Gemology. Mr. Garrow was an active member of many fife and drum corps, including Warehouse Point and Nathan Hale. He was a member and Commander of Knowlton's Rangers, a historical recreation unit. He enjoyed many hobbies including, model railroad and ship building, restoration and landscaping of homes. Mr. Garrow was a talented woodcarver and an accomplished painter of watercolors. He was a dear friend to many and an incredible husband. Besides his wife, Evelyn, he is survived by a cousin, Pearl McClean of Ireland. Funeral services will be Monday, Feb 7, at 8:45 a.m. at Holmes Funeral, 400 Main St., Manchester, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Bridget Church, 80 Main St., Manchester. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Sunday, Feb. 6, 4-7 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association & Home Care, c/o Hope Program, 103 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105.

Published in The Courant: 2/5/00

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