Pete McGarry Wiki
Pete McGarry Biography
Who was Pete McGarry?
Gogglebox star Pete McGarry died at the age of 71 after battling a brief illness.
Pete, his wife Linda, and his son George rose to fame after joining the second season of the Channel 4 show in 2013.
The family left in 2014 so George could star in Celebrity Big Brother, before Pete and Linda returned as a duo two years later and have been regular faces ever since.
A statement announcing Pete’s death to fans was shared on Twitter by the official Gogglebox account.wikipedia
How old was Pete McGarry?
He was 71 year old.
Cause of Death
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Gogglebox star Pete McGarry passed away at the age of 71 this weekend with his family by his side after a brief illness,” the post began.
The Gogglebox team said Pete will be “deeply missed by the entire family, cast and crew.”
“Our thoughts are with Linda, her children and grandchildren.
Since 2000, Pete and Linda have raised over a hundred children and he is a loving father, husband, and grandfather.
The statement concluded by confirming that Pete’s death was not related to Covid-19.
Pete and Linda returned to Gogglebox as a couple when their son George resigned
Pete’s wife, Linda, was open about her decision to foster troubled youth for over twenty years and said that she treated everyone who came to her Clacton-on-sea home as “their own.”
“I always say that all you need to be a foster parent is a spare room, a sense of humor and a good heart,” Linda told the Daily Star.
“I mentioned them as if they were mine. On Mother’s Day I get so many phone calls. They don’t forget you. Many still regard Pete and me as their parents.”
Kind Pete and Linda took in over 100 children; Pictured here supporting his son George as he entered Big Brother’s house .
Linda said that she and Pete found the experience “very rewarding” and loved doing it.
The couple’s biological son, George, was 15 when they started fostering.
“He has always classified the other boys as his brothers. He never moaned. He always shared everything.
“He has a good heart. He drives me crazy, but he’s a good boy,” Linda said.
George Gilbey left Gogglebox to star in Celebrity Big Brother in 2014 .
The first child Lynne and Pete raised in 2000 was 11-year-old Chris, whom they adopted.
She said: “He is 26 now and we still have him. I went through hell with him, but he just opened his own car site and we are very proud of him. We are a great family.”
Linda and Pete’s son George last posted a photo of his family on May 6 of this year.
Pete could be seen smiling as he posed behind his wife Linda and other family members.
Pete’s beloved family is said to have been with him when he died
In December 2020, George revealed that his caring parents once stepped in to pay off one of his adopted children’s drug debts.
During an appearance on Chris Atkins’ A Bit Of A Stretch podcast, George revealed that he reached out to his parents to help a prisoner, whom they had previously taken in.
George ended up in prison in October 2019 after being convicted of driving under the influence.
After meeting one of Pete and Linda’s former foster children inside, George said he called his parents for help.
Pete and his wife had previously spoken about the children
Speaking on the A Bit Of A Stretch podcast, he revealed that he asked his parents to help one of his fellow inmates, after he himself ended up behind bars when he was convicted of driving under the influence.
He explained: ‘So he took out a debt to whoever was in that wing and they hurt him so badly that his jaw was hanging out of his face.
‘This is more than £ 20 drug debt so now I had to get involved. I couldn’t put that down. I said ‘Listen, back up buddy, I’ll have it on your account tomorrow.’
‘I called mom and said,’ Can you put twenty pounds on his account so he can pay this old man? ‘
Gogglebox sees a group of friends and families from across the UK reacting to some of the TV highlights from that week, and it has become a fixture on Channel 4 since it began in 2013.
Pete McGarry Quicks and Facts
- The McGarry family, Linda, Pete and son George, joined the show in series two back in 2013, and also appeared in series three
- However, the family left the show in 2014 when George entered the Celebrity Big Brother house
- Linda and Pete rejoined without George in 2016, and were much loved regulars on the show
- Since 2000, Pete and Linda have fostered over 100 children and he is a beloved father, husband and grandfather
- The couple’s first foster child was a then 11-year-old called Christopher, who they went onto adopt