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1952 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Richard Glen "Dick" Garvey of Bow, Washington passed away at his home on March 2, 2011 at the age of 58, from colon cancer.

Dick was born August 9, 1952 at Wenatchee, Washington to Glen and Irma Garvey. He attended Monitor Grade school for seven years.

His father worked for the Great Northern railroad and Dick got to spend time at the depot in Cashmere where he developed an affection for all things railroad. In 1964 Dick's father was transferred to Anacortes and the family moved there where Dick graduated from high school in 1970. By this time the photo bug had bitten him and his parents' home was decorated with photographs taken with his Pentax 35mm camera.

Dick attended the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California and earned a bachelors degree. It was there that he honed his technical skills that would enable him to express his own vision that some people call the "Garveyesque" school.

After college Dick always made his home in the Anacortes/Skagit valley area. Dick's large format photographs have been exhibited throughout the Northwest and beyond and he is well known in the arts community and many would say, is an icon. Besides sharing his vision he was very generous in helping others make their own statements. Dick taught at colleges, seminars and many people have benefitted from his wit and wisdom.

On August 9, 2001 Dick married Candy DuBuque and this time he got it right, finally finding the love of his life. Candy filled Dick with love and family and added a wonderful step-daughter to Dick's life.

Survived by Dick include his wife, Candy at home; his step-daughter Heidi; brother, Jim Low; sister, Donna Low Heinrich of Wenatchee; brother, Pat Garvey of Colville, WA; and brother, Jeff of DeKalb, IL. Dick has many surviving nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his father, Glen; his mother, Irma; and his brother, Gary Low.

At Dick's request there is no service.

Dick has left behind a large body of work and there are many images hand picked by him that are yet to be seen by his admirers. The legacy of Dick Garvey will live on through friends, family and especially through the help from Katherine Sherman, owner of the Scott-Milo Gallery in Anacortes.

There will be a public celebration of the life of Dick Garvey at the Anacortes Depot on Saturday, May 14, 2011. For further details, please contact Karla Locke at 360-588-8968 or email at [email protected].

An account has been set up to help with medical expenses. Contributions are being accepted at Scott-Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221.

Creativity takes courage.

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands.
To share memories of Dick, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
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