Despite limited male leadership in his life, Garth accomplished the great task of becoming an honorable man whose legacy will forever touch those in his life. A dad, husband, and brother, yes. But also, a loyal friend, an advocate, a surrogate father and more. Most importantly, he did it all with an incredible passion for everyone he met.
He retired from American Airlines after working there for numerous years.
He is preceded in death by his mother Lauris DeFreitas; step-father Joseph DeFreitas, and his father George Wyke.
Garth is survived by his wife and best friend of 48 years, Ann Marie; his children Aqiyl Wyke and Aisha Calhoun; his grandchildren, Akhi Wyke, Jada Calhoun, Ayla Wyke, and Jacob Calhoun, and his sister Cheryl Owens.
While he could have taken care of his own and lived an acceptable life, he chose to look out for others and live an exceptional one instead. Whether it was providing a safe space for the neighborhood boys or driving across town to help a family member or simply cracking a joke before leaving a room, his goal was to help. And in doing so, he influenced so many to do the same. He will never know, but we do and must carry on accordingly. And his beautiful legacy will continue on. One love.