William H Garvey Jr, Age 86, Orlando, Fl passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born to the late William H and Myrtle (Van Thof) Garvey Sr. He was preceded in death by his sibling Betty Herman and survived by two siblings, Beverly Harder (Naples, FL) and Joan Rosell (Wellsville, NY). Bill graduated from Wellsville High School and on June 23, 1956 he married the love of his life, Constance (Connie) Gibbs, at Immaculate Conception Catholic church.
He is survived by his wife Connie and his daughters Cynthia (Michael) Nicoloff, Orlando, FL; Diana (Michael) Jackson, Sebastian, FL and Sheila (Mark) Brandes, Titusville, FL. One grand-daughter Casey (Christopher) Poulos, Orlando, FL and grand-son Chad (Cristina) Nicoloff, Smyrna, Ga. Bill leaves behind four great-grandchildren Addison and Nicholas Poulos and Noah and Emma Kate Nicoloff.
He was a member of Wellsville Volunteer Fire Dept and was an active member of the Wellsville Lions Club. He started his work career at Worthington Corporation in Wellsville and then became owner/operator of Garvey’s Mobil Station on Main Street from 1960 – 1971 where he then purchased Bill Garvey Cadillac Olds, GMC trucks, which he sold in 1985, to move closer to his immediate family in Orlando, FL.
Bill was a member of the Wellsville Country Club and Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando, FL where he was an avid golfer up until his phrase “I can’t remember if I did or was I gonna” became his reality. Christmas was always his favorite time of year and we had fond memories of him dressing up as Santa and reading the night before Christmas each year.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home, Orlando, FL. A Mass will be held at 10:00am at St James Cathedral (215 N Orange Ave, Downtown Orlando, FL) on Saturday, August 10th.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at Alz.org.