William I. McGarvey

October 23, 1932December 28, 2020

William Irvin McGarvey, 88 of Mahaffey went to be with his Lord on December 28, 2020 after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. Born on October 23, 1932 in Berwinsdale/Irvona son of the late Jean and Ralph McGarvey. Mr. McGarvey graduated from Harmony High School and from Nyack College with degrees in Theology and Education. He earned his Master’s degree in education from New York University. Irvin retired as a school teacher for Harmony School District for 33 years. He also taught schools in Owego NY, Glendale, Head-start, JTPA, Summer Youth, and worked sales at Montgomery Traps MFG. He was a Cub Scout leader, and a lay minister. Irvin loved his Lord Jesus Christ, music and played an assortment of instruments, and being in the outdoors. His hobby was tuning pianos for people and area churches. He was a member of the Mahaffey C&MA Church. His life verse was Proverbs 3:5-6 He is survived by his wife L. Larue “Tootsie (Davidson)McGarvey of 65 years; 4 children Ron(Tammy) of Mahaffey, Tim(Brenda) of Altoona, Jan(Tom) Holes of Mahaffey, and Leanne(Mike) McCracken of Mahaffey; a brother Gerald, 4 sisters Janice Rice, Naomi Miles, Freda Hancock, Maxine Reese; 9 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and two expected great grandchildren in 2021. He was preceded in death by his brothers Glenn and Arlie. A memorial service will be held at the Mahaffey Alliance Church on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Brett Larson and Pastor Tim McGarvey officiating. Funeral arrangements made by Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Inc. Memorial donations can be sent to the Mahaffey Alliance Church for the Mahaffey Alliance Youth Department and Mahaffey Camp Children and Youth Camps.

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