OBITUARY – Donald McGarvey

    MCGARVEY, Donald John
    1936 – 2022

    On May 7, 2022, Donald John McGarvey of Edmonton passed away at the age of 86 years. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Anne, to whom he was married for over 60 years; one son, Don (Lynn) McGarvey of Edmonton; one daughter, Jill McGarvey of Edmonton; one granddaughter, Dr. Tess (Brandon) McGarvey of Calgary; and one grandson, Matthew McGarvey of Edmonton.

    Don, together with his wife, Anne, daughter Jill, and his parents Don and Kay McGarvey, owned and operated Foster & McGarvey Funeral Directors for 52 years. Over that time, Don served thousands of families, often generation after generation, in their time of grief. He did so proudly and with dignity, something that is often commented on to this day by members of the families who he served. Don’s own family is extremely proud of the tireless dedication he demonstrated to those he helped in their time of need.

    Don was very well read and enjoyed consuming information on a vast array of topics which allowed him to carry on a knowledgeable conversation with anyone he encountered. He also loved to spend time in the outdoors, especially hiking and fishing, which was how holidays were spent when Don and Anne were raising their young family. Many cherished memories were made during those times.

    Don was a past Director of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, an Honorary Captain in the Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4 PPCLI), a 63-year member of Temple Centennial Lodge #167 AF & AM, a Founding Charter Member of Al Shamal Shriners, an Honorary Member of the Edmonton Shrine Motor Corps., and a past Director (1994) of Edmonton Court #190 Royal Order of Jesters.

    A private family service, officiated by Rev. John Burrill, has already been held at Foster & McGarvey Funeral Home, which was followed by interment at Edmonton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. To send condolences, please visit