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Former St George's Chapel lay steward passes away

Former St George's Chapel lay steward passes away

Francis Batt

Former St George's Chapel lay steward passes away

A man whose contribution to life in Windsor covered everything from St George's Chapel and Thames Hospice to the annual rose show has died aged 86.

Dennis Garrett moved into the town with his wife Colleen in 1982, some years after their son Nick became a chorister at St George's Chapel. 

Dennis was to become as a lay steward at the chapel for 20 years, helping see that important occasions went smoothly. He died at St George's Hospital, Tooting on Friday after heart surgery.

Mr Garrett was an accountant who worked for Surrey County Council over 20 years.

 In Windsor he became treasurer of Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society during the heyday of its prestigious annual show in the private grounds of the Home Park.

He also looked after the finances of Windsor's hospice support group. 

He served as divisional secretary of the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Families' Association (SSAFA), as secretary and vice-chairman of Windsor and Eton Society, as well as a governor at two schools.

But he had one skill many were not aware of - having studied as a dress designer at St Martin's School of Art.

His wife Colleen said: "He just missed becoming a professional dress designer. You had to start by picking up the pins and at about 15 he was told he was a year too old to be taken on. So it stayed a hobby.

"But I benefited. I never went shopping for clothes without him."

The most recent family home in Lady Margaret Road, Sunningdale has many examples of his designs.

Dennis leaves two sons Stephen and Nick, daughter Caroline and six grandchildren.The funeral will be held in the Royal Chapel, Windsor at a date to be announced.

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