Patricia M. Garvey

  • Born: March 18, 1940
  • Died: October 15, 2020
  • Location: West Boylston, Massachusetts

Fay Brothers Funeral Home

1 W. Boylston Street
West Boylston, MA 01583
Tel. (508) 835-6500

Tribute & Message From The Family

WEST BOYLSTON-Patricia M. Garvey of West Boylston MA. and Narragansett, RI.

It's with great sadness that the family of Patricia M. (Callan) Garvey announce her passing. She passed peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on October 15, 2020.

Born March 18, 1940, Patricia was the daughter of William V. and Florence (McCarthy) Callan. She leaves a brother Robert Callan and his wife Karen of Grafton, MA.

She is survived by her husband, former superintendent of Worcester Public Schools, James L. Garvey, Ed.D, her daughter Barbara and her husband Alfredo Leon, her son Michael Garvey and his wife Lynn, and her daughter Maureen Lundin and her husband David. Patricia leaves five grand children; Liam Garvey, Brianna Leon, Matthew and William Lundin and James Miller.

Patricia graduated from Auburn High School in 1957 and went to work as a Service Representative at the New England Telephone Company, marrying the love of her life James in June of 1961 at North American Martyrs Catholic Church in Auburn, MA.

While raising her three children she attended Worcester State University and received her Bachelor's degree in Education in 1974. She began her teaching career at Berlin Memorial Elementary School in Berlin, MA. as a special education teacher.

She then continued her career in education with the Worcester Public Schools, first as a special education teacher at Granite Street School before transitioning to a kindergarten position at Chandler Magnet School. She concluded her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher at Tatnuck Magnet School in 1998.
Her happiest times were spent in Marco Island, Florida and in Narragansett, Rhode Island, sitting at her home looking out and enjoying the ocean from her deck or living room.

The family would like to thank the members of the oncology staff at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center-University Campus, especially Tzafra Tessier, PA and Tony Fiscale, RN and the VNA Hospice and Palliative Care, especially Hospice Nurse Giselle, RN for their compassionate care and support.

There will be no calling hours. A private mass will be held for Patricia on October 20, 2020 at North American Martyrs Catholic Church, 8 Wyoma Drive, Auburn, MA. 01501. The interment will take place at St. John's Cemetery immediately after the funeral service. In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Kateri's Kitchen Food Pantry at the North American Martyrs Church, 8 Wyoma Drive, Auburn MA. 01501.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Rest in peace Pat Callan Garvey. Memories well up inside us in times like these.--Warm summer days at Ramshorn Pond with Grandpa, Grandma and the Ahlstrand family. Cookouts with lobster and clams! A great time to grow up. Garvey's Milk Dairy next door...Who knew Jim would be the love of your life! I remember sister Susan's wedding and seeing you for the last time. I sang Grandpa's song "The Preacher & The Bear" for the last wedding of our family. Your dad had tears in his eyes. Time and life seemed to keep us apart for so many of the remaining years. I thought of you often. You were always loved by that GREAT husband of yours along with children and grandchildren.
You will always be loved.
R.I.P. Pat
The Callan Family---Paul, Jean, Phil, Susan

Posted by Paul Callan - Shallotte, NC - Family   October 25, 2020

Jim and Mike,
I am so sorry to hear of Pat's passing. She was an extraordinary woman! We had fun at Tatnuck and you were all so kind and thoughtful throughout the years. A lovely lady will be sorely missed by all. My sincere condolences to your family. I hope the beautiful memories can sustain you in this most difficult time. Sending love.

Posted by Cheryl DelSignore - Princeton, MA - friend   October 23, 2020

Dear Jim and family. So sorry to hear of Pat's passing. She was a real light in this world. I remember how kind and gentle she was. I know she will be missed so much. God bless all of you especially in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Michael Murray - Lahaina, HI - Friend   October 22, 2020

To the Garvey Family:
So sorry for your loss.
Joan and I send our condolences to you.
I worked worked with Pat at Chandlers Magnet School and enjoyed knowing her.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Patrick DeSantis

Posted by Patrick DeSantis - Worcester, MA - Friend   October 19, 2020

So sorry for your loss, Jim and family.

Posted by Nadine Russell - Old Orchard Beach, ME - Friend   October 17, 2020

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