RIDGEWOOD, N.J. - Garvin P. Kiernan, 87, died at peace Friday May 4, 2012, after a long illness.
A resident of Ridgewood for 52 years, Mr. Kiernan's life centered around his wife Lucille, their 10 children, and his career as a business executive, which he began in 1949 at the United States Corporation Company in New York City. The eldest of the Kiernan children, Laura Kiernan Beeson, is a longtime resident of Concord, N.H.
For almost 40 years, Mr. Kiernan devoted his professional life to U.S. Corporation Company, eventually becoming its president and co-owner. He became an established figure in the business of providing corporate services to attorneys. U.S. Corporation Company merged with Prentice Hall Corporate Services in the mid-1980s and Mr. Kiernan, as chairman, helped guide the transition until his retirement in 1988.
Born Aug. 5, 1924 in Orange, Mr. Kiernan attended high school in Wood-Ridge, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and after his service, graduated from Seton Hall University in South Orange. He married Lucille Bell of Cliffside Park, the day after graduation and started working at U.S. Corporation Company a week later.
In addition to his wife of 62 years, and his daughter Laura, Mr. Kiernan is survived by his daughter, Marguerite Welch of Grapevine, Texas; seven sons, retired Navy Chief Warrant Officer Thomas F. Kiernan of Virginia Beach, Va.; Steven P. Kiernan of Ridgewood; Robert W. Kiernan of Arlington, Va.; David L. Kiernan of Sunderland, Vt.; Peter J. Kiernan of Ridgewood; John Garvin Kiernan of Midland Park and Andrew J. Kiernan of Rutherford and 17 grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by two daughters, Sarah Jean and Debra.
services:Information about services for Mr. Kiernan can be found at www.feeneyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader on May 8, 2012