Garry McClintock, my friend and neighbor, passed away last week after a courageous battle with cancer coupled with an auto accident.
I first met Garry when I purchased Descanso Hay & Feed 8 years ago. Being new to the horse community, I was impressed with how highly thought of he was by those in the horse industry. After a while, Garry and I became friends. When he was diagnosed with cancer, we would have never known it by his demeanor. He was always positive and courageous; he told us he felt the same as before the doctors told him he had cancer. His bravery and positive outlook always amazed us. Garry was never too busy for a friend or customer who needed advice or suggestions.
My first saddle was a McClintock. Anyone who rides can tell you, a McClintock is a quality saddle. Giving directions to Descanso Hay & Feed was always a matter of explaining, “ We are next to McClintock saddle shop.” Everybody knew exactly where we were after that.
At our sister store in Alpine, Bullseye Feed, “Easy Keeper” our store mascot, which has become something of a landmark, was purchased from McClintock’s. For Cherie and I however, every time we see Easy Keeper, we will think fondly of our friend Garry.
I know Cherie and I are going miss Garry. Our community lost a good man…definitely a man who be impossible to replace.
Gordon and Cherie Garewal