James Francis “Jim” Garvey, 68, of Medway, passed away on Nov. 21, 2011 after a long illness. He is survived by his loving wife Susan Garvey.
Born on Oct. 3, 1943 to the late June (Sobieski) and John Garvey in Natick, Garvey graduated from Natick High in 1961.
He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on Sept. 30, 1961, serving honorably until Sept. 29, 1964. He re-enlisted on Feb. 28, 1967 serving honorably until March 17, 1970.
A highly decorated Vietnam veteran, he was the recipient of numerous Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star with Combat V, the Silver Star, a Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and a Presidential Unit Citation.
For 25 years, he dedicated himself to the protection of the people of until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of the International Association of Firefighters – Local 1652 of Framingham and the Natick Elks.
In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his step-daughter Venessa Salvucci of Somerville; his brothers Jack Garvey and his wife Erma of Medfield and Richard Garvey and his wife Nina of Framingham; his sisters, Madeline Norton of Hopkinton, Margie Young and her husband Jim of Dracut, and Linda Curley of Holliston; his brother-in-law Danny Norton of Framingham; and many loving nieces and nephews as well as a multitude of friends. He was pre-deceased by his sisters Janet Norton, Jean Blake, and Barbara Benedict.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church in Natick on Friday morning, followed by a burial with military honors at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Natick.
Donations in Jim’s memory may made to the Wounded Warrior, (www.woundedwarriorproject.org), 1120 “G” St. NW – Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20005.