Death Notice: Joe Garvey

Garrett Hickey, Rita Hickey & Joe Garvey c. 1947 Coláiste Pádraig on the Carnegie Hall balcony
Garrett Hickey, Rita Hickey & Joe Garvey c. 1947 – teachers at Coláiste Pádraig pictured here on the balcony of the Carnegie Hall

Joe Garvey, Kildorrery, and formerly of Millstreet and Brosna Co Kerry. In his 98th year peacefully in the loving care of the staff of Abbeylands Nursing Home Kildorrery on 8th March 2015.

Beloved Husband of the late Nora and dear Father of Donal, Fr John, Joe, Michael, Anna(Coffey) and Mary (Rice). Sadly missed by his son-in-law, Daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, Nephews, Nieces, and the Coffey Family Kilclooney. R.I.P

Rosary on Tuesday evening in Abbeylands Nursing Home Kildorrery at 8pm. Reposing at Tarrant’s Funeral Home Millstreet on Wednesday evening from 6.30pm with removal at 8.00pm to St.Patrick’s Church Millstreet. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 12 noon followed by burial in St Marys Cemetery.


Full caption for the above photo: Photographed c.1947 on the first-storey balcony of Carnegie Hall, Millstreet where Coláiste Pádraig was situated from 1943 to 1956. L-R: Garrett Hickey, Rita Hickey and Joe Garvey. The photo in from page 129 of Picture Millstreet.

10 thoughts on “Death Notice: Joe Garvey”

  1. I am sad to hear of the passing of Joe Garvey. He was a gentleman and wonderful teacher in Colaiste Padraig. I am lucky to have been one of his pupils there. RIP

  2. I was so sad to hear about Joe. He was a very good friend to me since the 1940s. We used to go out cycling together, and I remember times we would go to Ballyvourney and then back for tea at my mother’s. Rest In Peace.

  3. Also sad to hear of Joe Garvey’s passing. A gentleman and a great teacher as others have previously said.R.I.P.

  4. I had the pleasure of being taught by Joe in his final year as a teacher. So effective were his teaching methods that he completed the 1st year syllabus, and more in that year. In fact so much more that most of us attributed our intermediate maths results to what he had taught us in that year.
    He was a gentleman, a scholar and a teacher

    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

  5. Longmans Latin Grammar was Joe Garveys Bible.He could refer to the book, listing where each section was from memory.He also taught Roman history,Caesars gallic wars,the story of the Trojan horse as wriiten by Vergil.We all respected Joe,such a gentleman.Often he wouild talk to us about sport.Condolences to his family and extended family.

  6. Joe Garvey who died on his ninety eight year in Brosna County Kerry first saw light of day
    And in Millstreet Town in Duhallow his last remains does lay
    For many years he taught in the secondary schools of Millstreet Town
    And to be a good family man and teacher were surely his claims to renown

    In Millstreet Town Joe Garvey spent the best years of his life
    Where he raised his children with Nora his devoted wife
    Over the years his friends in numbers had grown
    He was one who was liked by many and to many was known

    Joe Garvey a quiet person not loud in any way
    Quiet waters do run deep as the wise one does say
    Not lacking in knowledge with lots of insight
    Though he was one who never did seek the social limelight

    The fact is we all run out of time and fact cannot be denied
    In Kildorrery County Cork Joe Garvey died
    Two years short of a century he was an aged man
    Not many of time granted such a long span

    In death for us all there is a lasting peace
    One can only hope his parting from life was a painless release
    Joe Garvey he was a good person indeed
    And of more of his kind the Human World is in need.

    “Joe Garvey” is by Francis Duggan

    (added by mdc)

  7. Many Thanks
    My dear Dad was a Kerryman who lived in Cork for about 74 of his 97 years – but more than anything he was a very kind and patient human being and the best teacher I ever had. He had a great influence on all of us and we were lucky to have him with us (in good health) for so long. In the last year or two he sometimes wondered aloud about what he had really achieved through his teaching vocation – and whether anyone really remembered.

    I want to thank the people of Millstreet and the past pupils of Colaiste Padraig who showed us such wonderful kindness last Wednesday and Thursday. It was obvious that he was well loved, highly respected and that his influence was remembered by many.

    Thank you all.

    1. I have fond memories of Joe Garvey who taught me in the late sixties and early seventies.
      I well remember Latin for today and to this day I still look for Latin words derived from the English language and he was by far the best maths teacher .
      Joe as we all knew him,leaves behind a proud legacy.

      He was a kind and gentle soul.

      may he rest in peace

  8. Donal & All the Garvey Family – We all have such treasured memories of your dear Dad – Joe Garvey. The tribute paid by your son at Joe’s Funeral Mass was so moving, superbly delivered and so clearly presented the sentiments felt by all who had the privilege to have been taught by Joe. For myself, it was his unique style in the teaching of Latin that give me such a love of the subject. For others it was his magnificent gift of imparting true knowledge of mathematical concepts which was of huge significance to them. To hear Bernard O’Donoghue’s words of great praise for Joe quoted in the excellent tribute at Mass was wonderfully uplifting. Joe’s magnificent influence on Millstreet will forever be remembered. In our Wall of Light “Millstreet Through History” at Millstreet Museum Joe is pictured with Rita Hickey and the late Ted O’Connor at the unveiling in the 1970s of the official plaque in West End which marked the location of Coláiste Pádraig. We, in the Millstreet website team, feel much encouraged by the positive manner in which our Millstreet website was referred to in the Funeral Mass tribute. It was also special to note (on the website) the comments of people like Maurice Walsh of Ickenham in Surrey, England who always had such respect and regard for Joe as a Teacher Supreme. Above all, Joe was such a true gentleman, forever so approachable, wonderfully community-spirited and a loyal native son of the Kingdom of Kerry! Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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