Claire L. Garvey


Obituary For Claire L. Garvey

Claire L. Garvey of Rockland and Humarock passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2023. She was the beloved wife of the late Stephen J. Garvey, Jr. and devoted daughter of the late Redmond J & Alice P Larner of Braintree. Adored mother of Kathleen (K.C.) Cowing and her husband Michael of Hanover; loving Grammy of Michaela Cowing. Cherished sister of Virginia Larner of Paris, France and Alice Larner of Braintree. Devoted sister-in-law of MaryAnn Rogers of Bridgewater, and the late William Garvey of Hanson, Patricia Kelly RN of Quincy, John Garvey of Topsfield and Joanne Garvey RN of Milton. She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Claire attended St. Ann’s elementary school and St. Gregory’s high school both in Dorchester. She was very proud of her OFD roots where she lived until moving to Rockland in 1963, raising her family and working for the Rockland Public School system for 38 years. Claire was a member of numerous civic and charitable organizations. She was a faithful parishioner of Holy Family Church in Rockland and St. Theresa’s Chapel in Humarock.

The family welcomes friends and relatives to celebrate Claire’s life on Monday, May 15, 2023 at the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, 135 Union Street, Rockland from 5 to 8 p.m.A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at Holy Family Church. Burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to Holy Family Parish, 403 Union Street, Rockland or Norwell VNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Dr, Norwell MA

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  • 05/14/2023

    Oh Claire! Our world is a better place because of you! Claire, you taught me not only about Rockland but how to be a good wife, good mom and good friend. You were more than a coworker but a blessing in my life and so many lives that you touched... always! I will remember your love for K.C and especially Mikayla and of course, Steve! I love you and will miss you! God bless you sweet Claire! 💖💖 ~ Love always, Crissy Pruitt

  • 05/14/2023

    Claire was a beautiful part of our luncheon ladies. We met once a month for lunch for several years and she always was a great story teller. We miss her. Nancy Campbell

  • 05/13/2023

    Mrs. Garvey was such a wonderful woman. Always so good to me and to my daughter at the Jefferson School. She knew every child's name as well as their parents. Running into her around town, she knew who you were and always had something nice to say. My parents thought the world of her. She truly made a difference here in this town. I will always remember her fondly. God Bless you. - Pamela Ryan

  • 05/13/2023

    So sorry to hear of Claire's passing. She never failed to help me out when I started as a secretary at Memorial Park. She holds a special place in my heart. Donna Lamb

  • 05/12/2023

    So sorry to hear about Claire's passing. So many good memories, but my favorite is when she read The Night Before Christmas to all the Kindergartners before the Holidays every year. The children loved it as well as the teachers. She leaves behind a warm and caring legacy to the town of Rockland as well as the school system. RIP Claire. Nancy Burley

  • 05/12/2023

    K.C. I am so sorry to hear about Claire's passing. I spent a few special times driving her to wakes of departed friends in Boston and always enjoyed our time together. She also made many visits up to Holy Family Rectory where she could share her stories. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about Claire and especially the birthday cards. Every year for maybe 30 years! You see our dear friend Fr. Bill C. and I shared the same birthday. Of course, he is older! Hugs to you and know that your mom and dad adored you! ALWAYS!

  • 05/12/2023

    Beautiful Claire, It was an immense pleasure working with you for so many years at the Jefferson School. You cared for the staff and students with such love, and we in turn loved you! May you rest in sweet eternal peace with your darling Steve. Until we meet again! Love, Celina

  • 05/11/2023

    K.C. and family. I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing she was a wonderful Lady and always had a lovely smile whenever I saw her. She made growing up in Rockland a nicer place. Please accept my condolences. Chuck Tilden

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