Joseph David Garvey

Joseph David Garvey
Joseph David Garvey, 88, died on February 9, 2014 surrounded by his loving family at home in Allentown, PA. He was born in 1925, to the late Thomas and Marguerite (Leson) Garveyin Spring Lake, NJ. Joseph was an Eagle Scout who attended Holy Spirit Grammar School and graduated from Asbury Park High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served as an Aviation Cadet at the Naval pre-flight school in Chapel Hill, NC, Naval Air Station in Glenview, IL, and the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, FL. He cherished his memories of flying and reminisced often about his experiences as a pilot. Joseph received an honorable discharge in 1945. Joseph Garvey loved his country and his military service was a source of great pride to him. He returned home from service, attended college and participated in the post war revival of this country as a member of Americas greatest generation. He was a mechanical engineer who attended Bucknell University. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and met his future wife, Virginia Ginny (Egizio) Garvey. Joseph was a sales representative for the Worthington Corporation in New York City and moved to Bethlehem, PA, where he was President of A-Treat Bottling Company for fifty years. Joseph was a Little League manager, a Giants football season ticket holder, an avid golfer and a member of Lehigh Country Club. He loved animals, told legendary stories and enjoyed traveling with his wife, Ginny. Survivors: Joseph is survived by his wife of 65 years, Virginia; his four children, Joseph, Jr. (Christine), Thomas (Susan), Kathleen (John Spagnola) and Sally (David Wuthrich) and twelve grandchildren. Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Road Bethlehem. Call Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Church. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675. Arrangements by the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown.

Funeral Home

J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home Inc.
1601 Hamilton Street Allentown, PA 18102

Published in Morning Call on Feb. 12, 2014