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In Memory of

Garrett Fielding Kirwan

June 22, 1944 - September 11, 2017

Obituary


Garrett Fielding Kirwan, a Mohegan Tribal Elder, transcended peacefully on September 11, 2017 at his home on the reservation.
Garrett was an Indigenous North American Mohegan Buddhist.
He was born in Hawaii to a Mohegan Wanda Fielding and Thomas Osgood, a child actor from The Little Rascals. His grandparents were Dot Kent and Chief Occum Lemuel (Leo) Fielding, a stellar athlete in the Navy and friend of the Olympian Jim Thorpe.
His stepfather, Thomas Kirwan, was a revered editor of the San Francisco Bee.
His inseparable twin brother Kent predeceased him by 20 years almost...

Garrett Fielding Kirwan, a Mohegan Tribal Elder, transcended peacefully on September 11, 2017 at his home on the reservation.
Garrett was an Indigenous North American Mohegan Buddhist.
He was born in Hawaii to a Mohegan Wanda Fielding and Thomas Osgood, a child actor from The Little Rascals. His grandparents were Dot Kent and Chief Occum Lemuel (Leo) Fielding, a stellar athlete in the Navy and friend of the Olympian Jim Thorpe.
His stepfather, Thomas Kirwan, was a revered editor of the San Francisco Bee.
His inseparable twin brother Kent predeceased him by 20 years almost to the day.
Garrett was a multimedia artist graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute. Art was his life and his life was his art. He is credited as the first street peddler of art in the United States in 1967 after winning a Federal Court case against a city ordinance banning the sale of art in the street. He set the presidence for all street venders in America by his defense of demanding the right to free speech same as a newspaper sold on the corner with no middleman.
His activism in the Haight Ashbury counter culture spawned the hippie scene causing him to travel through India, Nepal and Afghanistan upon the election of the Nixon administration.
Garrett led a mystical, illustrious, eclectic, adventuresome, magical life from his boat building days and avid motorcycle passion to his quality craftsmanship on a pipe gifted to Queen Elizabeth.
Garrett s survivors include his beloved Veronica (Triplett), his daughter Neima and husband Scott Van Dusen, grandchildren Dominic and Emily; his sister Toni, husband Kimo Osgood and her mother Helen; cousins Stephanie Fielding and Patrick Mugford, a nephew Thomas Kirwan.
Garrett s remains will be interred at Fort Shantock next to his twin Kent in a private ceremony.
A Tribal Fire will be lit at Fort Shantock from sun up to sun down on October 19th, 2017 as a celebration of Garrett s life, all are welcome. To leave an online tribute or condolence please visit www.montvillefuneralhome.com .