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Coronavirus: The ones we lost —The Palm Beach Post is chronicling the lives of the people in Palm Beach County who died in the pandemic.

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Korean War veteran Howard Garlin fell ill on his 89th birthday.

His companion of 15 years, Iris Greenberg, knew something wasn’t right, so she called 911 and the Bronx native was taken to JFK Medical Center.

“That was it, I never spoke to him again,” said Greenberg, who met Garlin at bereavement counseling after both had lost their spouses.

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Garlin, a retired pharmacist, died April 5 from COVID-19. His 89th birthday was March 27.

“You could not see him; you had no contact with him at all,” Greenberg said. “In a way I can understand, but it was very hard.”

Greenberg said she doesn’t want to talk about how Garlin contracted the coronavirus or how his illness was handled.

She said Garlin was involved in local veterans’ groups and had long-time friends who lived in Palm Isles in suburban Boynton Beach, where he moved in 2001. The couple moved to an apartment in suburban Lake Worth in 2019.

Garlin enjoyed golf and collected baseball cards, coins and miniature cars, among other things.

“You name it, he collected it,” Greenberg said. “He had to have a hobby.”

Garlin is survived by daughters Ellen Antonacci and Stacey Lederberg. His grandchildren Matthew (Kim) Antonacci, Eric Antonacci, Danielle Antonacci, and Aidan Lederberg, and great-grandchild Camden Antonacci.

The family suggests donations in his memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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