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Thomas Garrity, 84

LEE, Mass. — Thomas R. Garrity was born in Glasgow, Scotland on Dec. 22, 1935, the 11th child of Michael Garrity and Catherine Moffatt. He immigrated to Lee in May 1956 with only his carpenter tools. Tom worked for local contractors until 1958 when he and his brother, Harry, formed Garrity Bros, building homes on Navin Heights and Devon Road.

In 1969 Tom founded LB Corporation with an old green pickup, an old green dump truck and a backhoe. Expanding it over the years, with his sons, to the heavy construction company it is today, celebrating 50 years in business. 

In 1984 Tom acquired the old Valley Mill turning it into an industrial park that now houses tenants, providing over 100 jobs. In 1995 the family purchased Lee Marble, now Berkshire Marble and Granite. In 2000 Valley Roll-Off was formed and Lenox Valley Waste Transfer Facility followed in 2010.

Tom loved Lee and worked hard in the businesses right up to the end, but he loved his family even more. In 1969 Tom founded LB Corporation with an old green pickup, an old green dump truck and a backhoe. Expanding it over the years, with his sons, to the heavy construction company it is today, celebrating 50 years in business. 

In 1984 Tom acquired the old Valley Mill turning it into an industrial park that now houses tenants, providing over 100 jobs. In 1995 the family purchased Lee Marble, now Berkshire Marble and Granite. In 2000 Valley Roll-Off was formed and Lenox Valley Waste Transfer Facility followed in 2010.

Tom loved Lee and worked hard in the businesses right up to the end, but he loved his family even more.

In April 1958 he married Barbara Brighenti, his wife of over 62 years. Besides his devoted wife, he is survived by his daughter Catherine (David) Weeden, son Thomas (Sandy) Garrity, son Steven (Tracy) Garrity, along with his beloved grandchildren Brian (Cherie) Garrity and Alicia Garrity, and two great-grandchildren Kenzie and Devin Garrity. He also leaves his sister Jessie Cibelli. He was predeceased by his parents, five brothers and six sisters. 

Funeral Notice: A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15, at St. Mary's Church in Lee.  Due to seating limitations, the family welcomes you to the burial service at St. Mary's Cemetery at 12 pm.  Visiting hours will be private for the Family.  Friends wishing may make donations in his memory to St. Mary's School in c/o the Kelly Funeral Home 3 Main Street  Lee, MA  01238.
 


Obituary Provided By: Kelly Funeral Home

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My thoughts and prayers to all of you. With sincere sympathy, Reena
from: R Bucknell on: 10-21-2020

Words can never ease the pain of losing a beloved member of your family. Sending our love and sympathy to everyone.
from: Paul & Pat Brownon: 10-16-2020

Just learned of Mr. Garrity's passing and would like to express my sympathy to Garrity family. I enjoyed my past conversations with him and will think of him fondly in memory and thoughtfully in a prayer.
from: Al Sabinoon: 10-15-2020

To all of the Garrity family: We offer our condolences in this difficult time. He was such an avid supporter of the Town and its people. May he rest in peace.
from: Mary Swifton: 10-14-2020

So sorry for your loss.
from: Jim hornyak on: 10-14-2020

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