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Mr. Matthew K. McGarvey

Obituary for Mr. Matthew K. McGarvey

July 28, 1958 - July 6, 2022
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Age 63

Beloved Husband and Father


Matthew K. McGarvey peacefully passed away into Eternal Life with his loving family by his side on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at the age of 63. Matt was an extraordinary man with a booming voice and a passion for living in the moment. He was a beloved husband, father, son, big brother, cherished uncle, son-in-law, brother-in-law, and friend to all. Devoted to his family, Matt was most content spending time with others, making memories, planning crab fests, exploring new restaurants, and enjoying his meticulously kept backyard from his patio.
Matt was born on July 28, 1958, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Samuel W. McGarvey and Kathleen P. (Ambs) McGarvey. He was raised with his two sisters and brother on Chase Road, a neighborhood that consisted of a close-knit group of families who bonded together in their adventures of raising children and planning rowdy block parties. Matt attended Saint Jerome's Elementary School, where he excelled academically, and he received a full scholarship to Holy Ghost Preparatory School, where he played soccer and intramural bowling and volunteered as stage crew for theater productions. While running the high school dances in his Senior year, Matt caught the eye of his future wife, Patty. A long courtship began, and during that time, he received his degree in Accounting at Franklin and Marshall College, where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity. Following his graduation at F & M, he began his career at Arthur Young. His relentless work ethic is widely known and respected. Most recently, he was the Director of Financial Reporting at NewRez LLC, where he was a great co-worker and patient mentor to his staff.
Matt and Patty married in 1982 and enjoyed nearly 40 years of marriage together. His world revolved around Patty and their sons, their interests, and education, and Matt recently boasted about their successful careers. He had a deep sense of pride in their accomplishments and the wonderful and caring men they have become.
Community involvement was a life-long interest for Matt. He made an impact through his many years of serving on various boards and volunteering, most notably at the Northeast YMCA, Bustleton Bengals, and Philadelphia Soccer Club. He not only loved watching his two sons play soccer and ice hockey, but Matt was a four-for-four Philly sports fan, too. He was thrilled to see the Phillies win the World Series and the Eagles win the Superbowl. He also never missed a chance to attend his nieces' and nephews' volleyball, ice hockey, and basketball games, Senior Nights, student council speeches, and Coast Guard graduations. He was so proud of all of them.
Matt's zest for life and living in the moment was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. He was an avid fan of classic rock, southern rock, and Motown and passed that love of music to his siblings and sons. His favorite holiday was Thanksgiving, where his siblings continued their parents' traditional day-long celebration. He relished his experiences eating numerous lobsters at a road-side stand with his brother-in-law and nephews, co-piloting the Winnebago to adventures far and wide, hearing the roar of engines on the blacktop of Englishtown Summer National Drag Races, spending many summers at the Golden Inn in Avalon with his extended family, watching a thunderstorm roll in, and setting off dangerous, fast-flying fireworks that almost ignited the neighborhood. Matt lived for those moments, laughing uncontrollably, loving every minute as he shared them with his wife, sons, siblings, family, and friends. Matt made time for everyone. His Chase Road life-long friends have remained close and were fortunate to recently get together.
The Avalon and Cape May beaches were Matt's favorite summer destinations, where his family would meet, play golf, enjoy relaxing dinners, and listen to the sounds of powerful ocean waves. He was thrilled to enjoy live ELO and Fleetwood Mac concerts with his children and ended with his voice hoarse from singing and yelling. Most recently, he was over the moon to plan an extended trip to Annapolis, Maryland for their children and made a special trip to the iconic McGarvey's Bar. The nights on the deck of the house overlooking the bay with Patty and Matthew, Colleen, Sam, and Danielle brought him immense joy.
The greatest lessons we can learn from Matt are to cherish the blessing of each day, relish every moment with family and friends, and do what we can to lift others up. A smile, a wave, a "what's up," secretly paying for the dinner of a stranger, and marveling about the beauty of a sunset were examples that his family will continue in his name. Matt had the deepest respect and gratitude for the dedicated and compassionate medical professionals who cared for him at Penn. His gentle spirit and legacy will live on in his beloved sons and cherished family members. Forever we will raise a glass of Tullamore Dew in Matt's honor, and we know he will be smiling down upon us.
Matt is survived by his high school sweetheart and beloved wife Patricia, his sons Matthew E. McGarvey (Colleen) and Samuel A. McGarvey; siblings Colleen Donelli (Kevin), Mark McGarvey (Joanne) and Kathleen McGarvey (Philip Sock); and mother-in-law Marie Litvinas and his in-laws Christopher Litvinas (Cathy), Judith Brogan (Kevin), Cynthia Szczypiorski (Edward), Pamela Gadsby and Sally Ann Litvinas. He will also be missed by many beloved nieces, nephews, their husbands and wives, his God children, and grand-puppy, Frankie, all of whom he loved dearly.
Matt was pre-deceased by his loving parents, Kathleen and Samuel McGarvey, his treasured father-in-law and friend, Edward Litvinas, and his beloved niece Katie Dewan, with whom he lovingly spent every available minute during her illness. He is also pre-deceased by his brothers-in-law, Jim Dewan, Larry Metz, and Michael Gadsby.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, July 16, 2022, from 9:00 AM until his Memorial Service at 11:00 AM at Givnish Life Celebration Home, 10975 Academy Road, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Internment, private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Matt's memory to the Holy Ghost Fund:

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