Death of Garrett Szeto of Pittsburgh, 26

Beloved son, brother and mental wellness advocate Garrett Austin Szeto of Scotch Plains died suddenly on Wednesday November 2 at the age of 26.

Garrett had countless hobbies, skills and interests. More recently, he received a professional life coaching certificate from the Gestalt Institute in Cleveland, his obituary said.

He also liked to laugh and had practiced improvisation with the Steel City Improv Theater in Pittsburgh. Pair that with his passion for food, and you have the perfect table companion.

Always working to improve himself, Garrett prioritized activities that enhanced his personal well-being, such as reading and meditation. He also cared about everyone he met and often volunteered around Pittsburgh to promote social justice, his memorial states.

Garrett loved sports, especially the Indianapolis Colts and Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League. He also ran the Philadelphia Marathon in 2019 and more recently joined a pickleball and volleyball league, where meeting and connecting with others quickly became the highlight of his weeks.

Garrett attended the College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received a BS in Business Administration and Finance and graduated with honors in 2019. He most recently completed the three-year training program from the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center before earning his award, which was his decision to become a business analyst in Pittsburgh’s Business Services Division.

Garrett is survived by his loving parents, Richard and Mindy; his brothers, Rory and Geoffrey; his girlfriend and partner, Bella Dougherty; his grandmother, Julie Szeto; uncles and aunts, Andrew and Sherrie, Jonathan and Ivy, Amy and Alan and Michael and Nanci; many loving cousins; and his loyal canine companion, Milo, as well as several extended family members and close friends.

Garrett’s funeral was held at Bradley, Haeberle & Barth Funeral Home in Union on Tuesday, November 8.

Donations may be made in Garrett’s memory for Steel City Improv, Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburghand Attentive contact.

“Garrett’s gift to all he loved was immeasurable,” read Garrett’s obituary. “His sociability, sharp intellect, abundant empathy and compassion will forever improve our lives.”

Click here to view Garrett Austin Szeto’s full obituary.

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