"Garry Alexander Kirkland, 65 of Akron Ohio passed away on November 12, 2022. Garry was born here in Akron on March 26, 1957 to the late Gladys Kirkland. He graduated from East Highschool in 1975 and was a freshman starter for their football team. He also graduated from the University of Akron with degrees in Business and Hospitality in 1984.
Garry's career led him from work as an automotive technician with Goodyear, to Hospitality management with Rockynol, Briarwood, and then eventually to a storied career with Marriott International Inc. where he managed hotels for the company for the last 30 years. His crowning achievement was the commissioning and building of the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Akron location, where he oversaw its construction, and its management.
He was led to Christ by Pastor Mike Cameneti, to eventual service at Faith Family Church, his final home. He devoted his life to the love of his wife, his children, and his best friend Noah, his dog.
Garry was preceded in death by his mother Gladys Kirkland, his brothers Tyronne Kirkland, Theodore Kirkland, and Ernestine "Martha" Christopher. He leaves behind a large and loving family to cherish his memory including his wife of 31 years, Darlene Kirkland; his children Garry Kirkland II, Darletta Moss, Robert Kirkland, Lamar Moss, Charles Kirkland, Almond Moss; his sister Joanne Kirkland, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022 at 11:00 am, with a Family Call visitation one hour prior (10:00 am) at Faith Family Church on 8200 Freedom Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720. Condolences may be sent in care of Darlene Kirkland, 1309 Derbydale Rd. Akron, OH 44306"
"You must have known that I was lonely
Because you came to my rescue
And I know that this must be heaven
How could so much love be inside of you?
You are the sunshine of my life, yeah
That's why I'll always stay around, mmm (baby)
You are the apple of my eye
Forever you'll stay in my heart, yeah"
Our song - You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, by Stevie Wonder