In memory of
James Joseph Garvey
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In memory of
James Joseph Garvey
Jim Garvey, 90, known as “Red” in his Hungry Hill days and “Jimbo” to his children, grandchildren and countless friends, passed away peacefully at Bay State Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Jim was first of all a loving husband and father to his family. Full of life, happiness, and good will, he shared his life with his loved ones and his friends. Known for colorful expressions, Jimbo’s maxims were sure to be repeated in the stories of great storytellers. Born in Springfield on Hungry Hill to his parents John and Katherine Garvey, he was educated in the Springfield Public Schools. Growing up, he enjoyed a happy life with his friends, playing ball, skating at Van Horn Park, dancing, singing and creating stories. Drafted during the Korean War, he was stationed in Germany for two years in the surgical unit of an Army hospital in Stuttgart. Following his honorable discharge as a Corporal in 1952, he was hired by the Western Mass Electric Company, rising through the company from laborer to lineman. As the Union Steward for IBEW Local 45, Jim was the “go to guy” for an honest and fair shake during negotiations with Northeast Utilities. He retired nearly 40 years later. Upon his election as Springfield’s Mayor in 1961, Charles Ryan appointed Jim to the Board of Public Works where he participated in many hearings with citizens petitioning for new roads, sewers, and other public works. He was the Board’s representative on the Planning Board also and with his colleagues, Joe Phelan and Jim Tourtellote, voted for many of the improvements which the City enjoys today. An avid sports fan, Jimbo rooted for the Red Sox and all the local sports teams. His cool, collected demeanor made him a sought-after counsel by local coaching legends like Bernie Barrett and Billy Kingston. Local charities, church groups and politicians always were happy to have him on their side. Jimbo was the star Everyman; teacher, coach, fan, helper, friend, singer, dancer, and storyteller. He was humble in the old school way and always said good bye with “I love you” or “Good luck to you brother” or both. He is survived by his sister, Mary Giansante. His two brothers, John and Joseph and his sister Helen Wallace predeceased him. His first child, James, Jr. died when he was two months old. He leaves his wife of 65 years, Barbara Garde Garvey, his daughter, Moira Garvey (Norman Andrekus) of Springfield, and his four sons, Thomas (Christine Brotz) of Milwaukee WI, David of Springfield, John (Susan) of Wilbraham, MA, and Michael (Andrea) of Hermosa Beach, CA. He left six grandchildren James, Quinn, Sarah, Tess, Casey, and Taylor. Jim’s funeral will be held on Friday 8:30AM at Tazzini Funeral Home, 22 Locust St., Springfield, with a Mass at 10:00AM at Sacred Heart Church in Springfield. Burial to follow at MA Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in Jim’s memory, to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield at: ssjspringfield.org or 577 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.
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In memory of
James Joseph Garvey
Jim Garvey, 90, known as “Red” in his Hungry Hill days and “Jimbo” to his children, grandchildren and countless friends, passed away peacefully at Bay State Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Jim was first of all a loving husband and father to his family. Full of life, happiness, and good will, he shared his life with his loved ones and his friends. Known for colorful expressions, Jimbo’s maxims were sure to be repeated in the stories of great storytellers. Born in Springfield on Hungry Hill to his parents John and Katherine Garvey, he was educated in the Springfield Public Schools. Growing up, he enjoyed a happy life with his friends, playing ball, skating at Van Horn Park, dancing, singing and creating stories. Drafted during the Korean War, he was stationed in Germany for two years in the surgical unit of an Army hospital in Stuttgart. Following his honorable discharge as a Corporal in 1952, he was hired by the Western Mass Electric Company, rising through the company from laborer to lineman. As the Union Steward for IBEW Local 45, Jim was the “go to guy” for an honest and fair shake during negotiations with Northeast Utilities. He retired nearly 40 years later. Upon his election as Springfield’s Mayor in 1961, Charles Ryan appointed Jim to the Board of Public Works where he participated in many hearings with citizens petitioning for new roads, sewers, and other public works. He was the Board’s representative on the Planning Board also and with his colleagues, Joe Phelan and Jim Tourtellote, voted for many of the improvements which the City enjoys today. An avid sports fan, Jimbo rooted for the Red Sox and all the local sports teams. His cool, collected demeanor made him a sought-after counsel by local coaching legends like Bernie Barrett and Billy Kingston. Local charities, church groups and politicians always were happy to have him on their side. Jimbo was the star Everyman; teacher, coach, fan, helper, friend, singer, dancer, and storyteller. He was humble in the old school way and always said good bye with “I love you” or “Good luck to you brother” or both. He is survived by his sister, Mary Giansante. His two brothers, John and Joseph and his sister Helen Wallace predeceased him. His first child, James, Jr. died when he was two months old. He leaves his wife of 65 years, Barbara Garde Garvey, his daughter, Moira Garvey (Norman Andrekus) of Springfield, and his four sons, Thomas (Christine Brotz) of Milwaukee WI, David of Springfield, John (Susan) of Wilbraham, MA, and Michael (Andrea) of Hermosa Beach, CA. He left six grandchildren James, Quinn, Sarah, Tess, Casey, and Taylor. Jim’s funeral will be held on Friday 8:30AM at Tazzini Funeral Home, 22 Locust St., Springfield, with a Mass at 10:00AM at Sacred Heart Church in Springfield. Burial to follow at MA Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in Jim’s memory, to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield at: ssjspringfield.org or 577 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.
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