Franklin Paul Garland was born in Brookville, Pennsylvania on April 18, 1933 to George and Nellie (Kirkpatrick) Garland.
Upon graduating from high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as a chaplain’s assistant. Leaving the Army, to help provide for his family after his father's passing, he worked a number of jobs. Eventually he was able to work his way through college. After graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (formerly Indiana State Teachers College) he was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Medical Corps where he served with distinction both in Vietnam and later at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. He was the recipient of the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters as well as various other awards. He retired with the rank of Major. While working in the public healthcare sector he obtained his Doctorate in Public Health. He then transitioned to the private sector where his work took him abroad. Upon retirement, he returned to his theological studies and obtained a Doctor of Divinity degree. Following his ordination to the priesthood he founded a mission church in 2003, The Pre-cathedral Church of the Holy Spirit, on Bradford St. in Dover Delaware. He was consecrated as Bishop and became Archbishop of the Diocese of Delaware. The church will celebrate its tenth anniversary November 20th.
He proudly served as chaplain of the Priory of the Delaware, Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem. He loved traveling abroad, reading, gardening, the fine arts and spending time with his family.
He was pre-deceased by both parents and his brother, Richard L. Garland of New Jersey.
He leaves behind his son Christopher Garland and his wife Tammy Lynn, a sister Rowena Witt and her husband William, a brother Winsome Garland and his wife Sandra, several nieces, nephews, many dear and close friends from all over the world with whom he has maintained contact over the years.
Visitation will be 7-9 pm Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in the Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.
Service will be 1:00 pm Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 118 South Bradford Street, Dover, DE 19904.
Letters of condolences can be sent via www.pippinfuneralhome.com.