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“He wanted everyone to be happy”: friends remember the gardener

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They came dressed in red, ready to laugh and drink and, above all, to remember.

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Around 60 people filled the terrace of the Roxbury Bar and Grill on Friday to honor Garnet Prydie, 56, who was fatally hit by a tow truck in an alleged hit-and-run outside a fast food restaurant on Wellington and Southdale roads on the 22nd July. .

Family and friends sported red shirts in memory of Prydie, a longtime Sunningdale Golf and Country Club employee, who always dressed in red on Fridays and went for a drink at the east bar to mark the end of the working week.

The site was decorated with photos of Prydie and some of his most prized possessions, including a trophy he won 40 years ago for scoring a hole-in-one on a golf course in northern Ontario.

“He always held that for me,” longtime friend and colleague George McClure said of the feat.

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McClure, who was waiting for Prydie in the car when he was hit just yards away, gave a speech about his roommate of more than two decades.

“His quick wit and clever remarks often took people by surprise,” McClure said of the man affectionately referred to as the Hobbit or Christmas Elf.

But it was Prydie’s love for his family, especially his sister Sue, that most marked those who knew him.

“He never forgot anyone’s birthday and prepared for them a week in advance,” McClure said.

Many of those present on Friday were colleagues at Sunningdale, where Prydie had worked since 1995, starting in the backroom before joining the field team.

“I cannot describe the emptiness left at work. He did so many things,” McClure said.

Prydie’s favorite red shirt with the words “It’s a Garnet Thing” was also on display.

“Everyone said that,” Sherry Blackett said of the tagline.

Despite Friday’s somber occasion, there was an atmosphere of celebration and laughter in the air, as Prydie’s friends and family shared stories of the man they described as a legend.

“He wanted everyone to be happy,” Blackett said.

Abdul Kazoun, 23, was charged with dangerous driving causing death and failing to stop at the scene of a crash causing death in the July 22 accident. He was released on bail on Monday and is due back in court on August 23.

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