Mr. Garlic recovering from heart surgery

Gerry Foisy, better known as Mr. Garlic, talks with former

Gilroy
– Gerry Foisy, who earned the moniker

Mr. Garlic

for his more than 15-year career of donning a garlic bulb
costume and cheerfully making the rounds at community functions,
underwent emergency bypass surgery Tuesday morning after a routine
physical exam turned up heart problems.
Gilroy – Gerry Foisy, who earned the moniker “Mr. Garlic” for his more than 15-year career of donning a garlic bulb costume and cheerfully making the rounds at community functions, underwent emergency bypass surgery Tuesday morning after a routine physical exam turned up heart problems.

Foisy, 61, is “doing extremely well” and recovering from the surgery in the Coronary Care Unit at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, according to his wife Jean Foisy.

She said her husband’s general physician referred him to a cardiologist Monday after noticing “some symptoms that he hadn’t had before.”

An angiogram conducted by the cardiologist confirmed the problem Monday evening, and by Tuesday morning Foisy was on the operating table undergoing quadruple bypass surgery.

“It went from A to B to C in a very short time,” said Jean Foisy, adding that she expects her husband to be released from the hospital by Saturday.

Foisy is a regular fixture at the Garlic Festival and many other community events, where he circulates among the crowd dressed in his trademark garlic bulb costume and western-style hat trimmed with a wreath of garlic.

In 2002, Foisy donned the full costume for a Giants baseball game. He can also regular be seen ushering garlic queens to different parades, including the Fourth of July Parade in Morgan Hill and Memorial Day Parade in Gilroy.

“He’s the goodwill ambassador at the Garlic Festival and a number of events around town,” said Councilman Bob Dillon, an organizer of the Memorial Day Parade. “He shows up everywhere.”

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