Joaquin B. Garcia, MD, “Jack”, 65, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2020.
Jack was a US Army Major in the National Guard and worked as a physician for 28 years at Whippany Family Practice.
Beloved husband of 38 years to Miriam V. Garcia. Devoted dad of Jennifer D. Garcia, Suzanne Garcia and David Garcia. Also survived by his mother, Iris Bonet.
Jack lived an extraordinary life filled with love for his family and closest friends. His skills were boundless, but his most precious gifts to us were his ability to teach and his selflessness to help others. Whether teaching important life skills or instructing medical students and patients, Jack ensured everyone felt comfortable and he always welcomed questions. His loyalty and caring towards others ran deep in his soul. He was a visionary, turning ideas or thoughts into reality.
At home, Jack’s enthusiasm for a spontaneous day trip would always lead to the best of memories. Self-acclaimed grill master, Jack would often be found in the summer with an ice-cold beer or wine glass in hand as he taught his family the finer skills in life – not burning the meat. An excellent IT guru, no computer problem was ever too difficult or impossible for this man; although Windows 95 did try his patience. Jack’s infectious smile and that special twinkle in his eye would captivate the room as we waited for the punch line or the end of a story. Never one to give up the opportunity, Jack leaves behind countless legendary pranks and well-timed jokes, the ensuing laughter and recaps always remaining. Dinners were always a time for light heartedness, family bonding and surreal fun facts and stories; it was never a dull moment with Jack. Always down to make a “little noise”, he often blasted his favorite songs and movies until the bass was felt in our bones. A skilled ninja, Jack could detect a coup d'état of the remote within mere seconds while resting his eyes or sense a lingering hand near the thermostat. Although time was cut too incredibly short, he would proudly say, “I did it my way.”
Funeral services held privately.
Donations can be made in Jack’s memory to the Dolphin Project by visiting www.dolphinproject.net, or to the charity of your choice.