Garrett Harding, born Aug. 30, 1990, in Bar Harbor, died unexpectedly on July 9, 2019, in Summersville, S.C.
Garrett is survived by his daughter, Kaedynn, of Charleston, W.Va.; mother and stepfather Tina (Jeff) Gilbert of Moncks Corner, S.C.; father, Raymond (Ray) Harding, of Bar Harbor; sisters Paigge (Brad) Sterricker of Norfolk, Va., and Trinity Waybright (USMC) of Moncks Corner, S.C.; grandparents Fred and Pat Hibbard of Truth or Consequences, N.M., Frank Waybright of West Virginia; and multiple aunts, uncles and cousins, nieces and nephews across the country.
He was preceded in death by Percy and Erlene Harding (grandparents) of Bar Harbor and Paul King (grandfather) of Trenton, uncle Leroy Harding of Bar Harbor and cousin Brian Harding of Bar Harbor.
Garrett grew up a military brat, first traveling to Germany at only 4 months old. He then lived in Hawaii, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maine and South Carolina. He went on to become a truck driver and traveled routinely between Maine and Texas. He had a deep love of the ocean and all things fishing, but his first true loves were cars and trucks. He bought them, tore them apart and put them back together (much like he did to toys when he was a kid). It wasn’t uncommon to hear about “the time his car broke down” and he had to find pieces on the side of the road and temporarily put his car back together until he could get to his uncle’s house (Shane King of Trenton) and fix it properly.
He was a jack of all trades, fixing everything at Mom’s house from tires and kitchen faucets to building walls and sanding drywall. He was happiest when he was helping others. His friends have all recounted how he was always there, ready to listen and push them to do better.
His sense of humor was unlike any other. He could lighten the mood with his random thoughts and observations. He was the center of attention wherever he went. His text messages, Snapchats, phone calls and presence will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Garrett’s celebration of life will be held July 19, 2019, at Charleston Cremation Center and Funeral Home at 2054 Wambaw Creek, Charleston, S.C., from 2 to 4 p.m.
Arrangements by Charleston Cremation Center and Funeral Home.