|Date of Birth||August 18, 1897|
|Place of Birth||Kenora, Ontario|
|Next of Kin||Joseph Garvey, father, Lipton PO, Saskatchewan|
|Trade / Calling||Farmer|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Branch||Canadian Garrison Regiment|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Conscripted|
|Address at Enlistment||Lipton PO, Saskatchewan|
|Date of Enlistment||May 30, 1918|
|Age at Enlistment||20|
|Theatre of Service||Canada|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||July 26, 1983|
|Age at Death||86|
|Buried At||Regina Cemetery, Regina, Saskatchewan|
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 findagrave.com.