William J. ‘Bill’ Garvey

August 10, 2016

William J. ‘Bill’ Garvey
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

WILLIAM J. “BILL” GARVEY- of Woburn, August tenth at eighty-eight years of age. Beloved husband of Ann “Nancy” (O’Neill) Garvey and the late Jean (Sullivan) Garvey. Devoted father of Stephen W. Garvey, his wife Joy of Burlington, Marianne Murphy, her husband Michael of Duxbury, Michael F. Garvey, his wife Patricia of Woburn and James J. Garvey, his wife Bernice of Wakefield. Dear brother of the late Anna Hession and Margaret “Margie” Cronin. Loving “Papa” of Cara, Colin, Brooke Garvey, Caitlin Dufault, Mark Murphy, Courtney and Matthew Garvey, Margaret “Maggie” and Christopher Garvey, Barry Mazzaglia and four great-grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home on Monday, August 15th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home on Sunday 3-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that remembrances may be made in Bill’s memory to the Woburn Boys and Girls Club, Charles Gardner Way, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY

William J. “Bill” Garvey passed away at the Care One Nursing Facility in Lexington, Wednesday morning, August 10th after a lingering illness. The beloved husband of Ann “Nancy” (O’Neill) Garvey, he was eighty-eight years of age.Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Patrick and Bridget (Ryan) Garvey. Moving to Roslindale at an early age, Bill was raised and educated there. He graduated from the Boston Commerce School in Boston. Immediately following high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy, proudly serving his country over the next two years seeing World War II to its end.

Upon his return home he began to further his education at Northeastern University, receiving his degree in Finance. During this time Bill had worked for the Post Office and the Veterans Administration. During the summer he would head to the beaches in Marshfield, where he met Jean Sullivan. They married in 1953 and moved to Medford, and in 1959 they settled on the West Side of Woburn. Bill and Jean brought three sons and a daughter into the world. Sadly, Jean passed away in 1963.

Bill was the consummate Dad. He did everything he needed to do to keep the Garvey clan well loved, healthy, and happy. Bill was working at Raytheon and several years later he had the pleasure of meeting Nancy O’Neill. Soon they began dating and married in 1967. They journeyed side by side for forty-nine years. Nancy adopted all four of the children and made them her own. Family summers were spent at the Cape. The children were very active throughout the years and Bill and Nancy supported them in all of their endeavors even establishing the “Friends of Austin Prep.” Trips to Notre Dame football games, Boston Red Sox, Patriots and, of course, Boston College football games were favorite activities for the Garveys right up to the present day.

Bill travelled quite a bit with his job at Raytheon as he was part of the Saudi Arabian Program. Bill and Nancy’s favorite destination was Bermuda, together they travelled there ten times. One of their more memorable trips was to Ireland, the birthplace of Bill’s parents, where they celebrated his Irish heritage. They also spent twelve winters in Florida where they established a wonderful group of friends.

“Papa” loved his grandchildren. They were his world and he so enjoyed partaking in all their activities. In Papa’s eyes the greatest day of the week was Sunday when the family would gather at the homestead for dinner. Bill loved his wife, children and grandchildren and in his opinion the best days were ones spent with family.

Sadly, Bill is predeceased by his parents, Patrick and Bridget (Ryan) Garvey, his first wife, Jean M. (Sullivan) Garvey, and his sisters Anna Hession and Margaret “Margie” Cronin. Bill is lovingly survived by his wife , Ann “Nancy” (O’Neill) Garvey; his children, Stephen W. Garvey and his wife Joy of Burlington, Marianne Murphy and her husband Michael of Duxbury, Michael F. Garvey and his wife Patricia of Woburn and James J. Garvey and his wife Bernice of Wakefield; and his grandchildren, Cara, Colin, Brooke Garvey, Caitlin Dufault, Mark Murphy, Courtney and Matthew Garvey, Margaret “Maggie” and Christopher Garvey, Barry Mazzaglia and four great-grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home on Monday, August 15th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home on Sunday 3-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that remembrances may be made in Bill’s memory to the Woburn Boys and Girls Club, Charles Gardner Way, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. I worked with Bill for many years at Raytheon. He was a true gentleman, a valued colleague, and a trusted friend. My sincere sympathy to Mike, Jim, and the rest of the Garvey family. Bob Given

  2. Jim, Mike and the entire Garvey family, am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Tracy (Comeau) Morrison

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