Frank Joseph Garwatoski Jr.

Frank Joseph Garwatoski Jr., age 70, of Canton, GA, passed away Friday, March 26, 2021, at Wellstar Douglas Hospital after fighting his battle with ALS. He loved bike riding, bowling, family time and traveling. Frank worked for General Electric for 42 years. He started in 1969 as an apprentice machinist while achieving his BS in mechanical engineering from Union College. He was promoted into manufacturing management where he held key leadership positions until 1994, when he shifted his focus to the maintenance and repair of large turbine generators.

Frank retired from GE in September of 2011. The power generation industry around the world will remember him for his drive for “faster and better” but his friends and colleagues will remember him for the way he cared for people and for his ability to galvanize teams through shear personal energy.

Funeral services were scheduled for 10 a.m. on today, from the St. Clements Episcopal Church with Father Jamie Stutler officiating.

This will be a private family funeral service by invitation only. Please contact family for details.

The family received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at South Canton Funeral Home.

He was preceded in death by parents, Frank and Gertrude Garwatoski; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Donald and Margaret Stiefel.

Survivors include wife of 51 years, Margaret Garwatoski; son, Mark and Heidi Garwatoski; daughter, Rebecca and Zach Puckett; brother, Steven Garwatoski; grandchildren, Ashley and Zach; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Roy and Bett Stiefel; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Robin and Steve Hughes; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Donna and Lee Young. Several cousins and very special friends also survive.

Due to COVID-19, the family requires that masks be worn during the visitation and the funeral service.

In lieu of flower, donations are to be made to the St. Clements Outreach or to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

South Canton Funeral Home, dedicated to the families they serve, (770)479-3377. Online condolences may be made to the family at

By Patricia Older