Ithaca, N.Y. — Legendary Ithaca radio-and-ad man Harold “Bud” Garrity died Oct. 25 at a hospital in South Carolina. He was 68.
Garrity, who worked as news director for WHCU, was known for his distinctive voice, love for boating and loyalty to Ithaca.
As a tribute to Garrity, we’ve compiled a few anecdotes from a few of his friends and colleagues in Ithaca:
David Stewart, retired Director of Community Relations at Cornell:
“Bud was an excellent boater – well, the boats he had were more like yachts than boats. I remember that in 2004 Bud took Gavin MacLeod – the actor who played Captain Stubing on the show The Love Boat – out on his boat on Cayuga Lake. Gavin was in town for his 50th reunion for his class at Ithaca College, and that was his first time on Cayuga Lake!”
Chris Wheatley, Manager of TV and Radio Operations at Ithaca College:
“Bud was a super friendly and just really classy guy. My favorite memory of Bud took place two years into my stint at WHCU. Bud had posted an opening with his ad agency, ‘Garrity Communications.’ I thought ‘this might be interesting’ and so I applied. Bud asked me to interview and so I went and met up with him to talk. After the interview, I didn’t hear anything for a few days, and then finally I received a letter from Bud. It was the nicest rejection letter I ever received. It didn’t put me down, it was very nice… very kind.”
Matt Wall, retired Senior Vice President at Ithaca College:
“One of the most characteristic things about Bud was his voice. It was very stentorian, had a real professional quality about it — the sort of voice that makes you sit up and take notice. He used to do these political spots for candidates on the radio, and he’d do so many that his voice would start to be overused. He used to bring in people like me to be the “talent,” and of course I worked for Bud for free. We’d have a lot of fun doing those things. I remember that the outtakes were always memorable than the spots themselves. We used to spend more time in the studio laughing than working!
I’ll remember Bud with his feet up, a cigar in one hand and a glass of scotch in the other. We’ll miss him a lot.”
A memorial service for Bud is scheduled for 11 A.M. Saturday, December 6 in the Hockett Family Recital Hall of the Whalen Center for Music at Ithaca College.