Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthAugust 18, 1897
Place of BirthKenora, Ontario
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinJoseph Garvey, father, Lipton PO, Saskatchewan
Trade / CallingFarmer
ReligionRoman Catholic
Service Details
Regimental Number269713
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion12th Detachment
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Garrison Regiment
Enlisted / ConscriptedConscripted
Address at EnlistmentLipton PO, Saskatchewan
Date of EnlistmentMay 30, 1918
Age at Enlistment20
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathJuly 26, 1983
Age at Death86
Buried AtRegina Cemetery, Regina, Saskatchewan

Garvey, John Patrick

John (Jack) Patrick Garvey was born on 18 August 1897 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario. His father Joseph Garvey, the son of Irish immigrants, was born in the United States, while his mother Laura Lieske was born in Germany. The couple married in Rat Portage on 26 November 1896. Joseph first worked as a mill hand and by the 1911 census the family was farming in the nearby Jaffray township. Children born in Ontario were Joseph, Francis (Frank), and James (Jim) as well as three that died in infancy or as toddlers, Francis Edward (d 1900), Bertha Louise (d 1901), and Frederick James (d 1906). The family moved to Saskatchewan to farm where daughter Violet was born around 1916.

Jack signed his recruitment papers in Regina on 30 May 1918 with the 1st Depot Battalion Saskatchewan Regiment. He had had his medical examination the previous October in Regina, category A2. His occupation was given as farmer and his father Joseph, address as Lipton PO, as next of kin. Jack was to serve in Canada, transferring to the 12th Detachment Canadian Garrison Regiment on 7 January 1919, with discharge from service due to demobilization on July 31st.

The 1921 Canada census found the family farming in the Edenwold area, about 45 kilometres north east of Regina. Jack was listed as farmer’s son. At some point Jack married Elizabeth Schmidt. Together the couple had two children, son John and daughter Lois. According to his obituary, Jack had worked nights at the Regina Theatre in 1912 and then full time as an usher and stage hand for the Capital Theatre. After the war he worked as a stage electrician during the Vaudeville era at the Regina Theatre. In 1930, when talkies came in, he worked for the Metropolitan Theatre. Following a brief absence due to the Depression, he resumed his career at the “Met” as a projectionist until he retired on 15 November 1957. Jack was very active in the affairs of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees Union and served for many years as Secretary-Treasurer.

Jack died on 26 July 1983 after a long illness. He was predeceased by his parent Laura (1940) and Joseph (1954), his wife Elizabeth in 1952, as well as his brothers Jim, Joe, and Frank. At the time of his death he was survived by his son John (Elaine) and their children Pat and John, all of Champaign, Illinois and Laurie of Joplin, Missouri, and daughter Lois (Bob) Hameluck and their children Julie, Rob, and Bonnie, all of Regina. He was also survived by three great grandchildren and his sister Violet. Jack and Elizabeth are interred in the Regina Cemetery.

by Judy Stockham


Grave marker photograph courtesy of  mrbloggins on

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