Vincent John McGarvey

August 7, 1952January 19, 2020
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Vince, 67, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2020 at his home in Lancaster, SC.

Born August 7, 1952 in Philadelphia, PA, he was the third child of the late John McGarvey and Kathleen Scanlon McGarvey. After graduating Moon Township High School, Vince attended Penn State University and graduated with a degree in Psychology while working for the Citizen’s Ambulance Service. Vince began working in human resources at US Steel and attained a graduate degree in Industrial Relations Resources at West Virginia University. Vince then achieved an MBA at Waynesburg University. Vince taught Human Resources and Management at Penn State University and Winthrop University. Vince worked at General Tire in Charlotte, NC for ten years before working as Director of Human Resources at Thomson Consumer Electronics first in Scranton, PA, then in central Ohio. Vince then became the Global Vice President of Human Resources at Cinram before retiring.

He is survived by his wife Eileen of 43 years, son Michael McGarvey and daughter-in-law Michelle McGarvey, and granddaughters Charlotte and Adaline of Clarks Summit, PA; son Major Christopher McGarvey and daughter-in-law Karen McGarvey of Fort Mill, SC; daughters Molly McGarvey and Madalyn “Joe-Bob” McGarvey of Columbus, OH; five siblings: Dave McGarvey (Dan), Sue McGarvey Titus (Bob); Betsey McGarvey; John McGarvey (Donna); and Gen McGarvey Tanenbaum (Terry); his beloved dog Ginger; as well as many nephews, nieces, and other loving family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Kathleen McGarvey.

Vince’s life was devoted to his family. He spoke often about how critical it was to make the time to spend together as the family grew older and began leading independent lives. A dedicated father, Vince raised four children who grew up understanding the value of hard work and the importance of family. More than his own successes, Vince bragged of his children’s hard work and achievements to anyone who would listen. In every home, Vince had a wall of diplomas from each of the alma maters of his family. Vince wanted everyone to feel welcome and included and went out of his way to reach out to anyone who seemed to be alone. He was generous with his time, attention, and money and worked extensively with the Boy Scouts, donated to charity, and was ready with his advice and help for anyone who needed it (he often said that “HR was his superpower” and negotiated the price for each of his children’s cars). Vince was an exceptionally sentimental man who cherished not only his family’s stories and Irish heritage, but also history as a whole and believed in the importance of knowing and understanding the past. An avid reader, Vince read dozens of books every month and went to the movies regularly. He loved dogs and considered himself the “Dog Boss” who hid dog treats in his desk and worried about his “Ginger Poo” whenever he left her for more than a day. Vince had an encyclopedic knowledge of Motown, the Beatles, military aircraft, and American History. He loved the Steelers, cruises, politics, and researching the stock market. He convinced his children that music stopped being produced after 1979 and was proud of his fist bump and dad jokes.

A service to celebrate Vince’s life will be held at Providence Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, January 25t, 2020 at 11 AM. Visitation will be at the McEwen Funeral Home in Pineville, NC on Friday, January 24, from 6 to 8 PM.

For those wishing to remember Vince, we invite donations in his name to the American Heart Association and the Humane Society.

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Ryan and Amy Ferretti

January 31, 2020

For years we heard Mike talk about his dad and had the great fortune of meeting him several times throughout those years. We immediately felt like we knew him just as long as we’ve known Mike and Michelle. In just those few conversations, we could tell Vince was a family-focused leader who put others first, chose kindness, and lived a life of generosity. But more importantly we knew he must have been an incredible father to have also developed those same qualities in his own son, Mike. And now Mike and Michelle are doing the same with their own children, Charlotte and Adaline. His amazing life lives on, generation through generation, because of the example he gave. And while we didn’t know him well, my guess is that he would say that is his greatest accomplishment. What a father. What a legacy.

Karen Mander-Burnworth

January 28, 2020

Eileen....Vince was a dear friend so many years ago when we worked together at Valley Ambulance and later when he went to Blairsville and Consol. My heart aches for you. I lost my Gary 8 years ago so I truly understand. You are in my thoughts.

Nate Confer

January 26, 2020

Mr McGarvey is a staple of my childhood, when Chris and I went to high school together. While we only lived in the same town for a few years, the impression he left was tremendous. His smile was always wide & warm, his gaze sincere and he had a way with being genuinely happy to see you.

I was first introduced to the fist bump by Mr McGarvey - which is something he stood behind so enthusiastically - you couldn’t help but smile. To this day, I still pay forward the energetic “pound it” with my friends, most of which have never met Mr McGarvey. Simple gesture, giant impact.

Between fist bumps, heavy talk of the days best stock pick or any of the hundred spontaneous driveway conversations we shared, he will be missed. I was lucky to have gotten to know him.

Terry Richmond

January 25, 2020

Vince was such a genuine and delightful man - a joy to have as my cousin. I hope the hole in the hearts of all of the family can be filled with a lifetime of memories. What a legacy he leaves with his wonderful family.

Terry Scanlon Richmond

Joan Scanlon

January 24, 2020

There is so much joy and sadness after watching the video. I remember the Scanlons and the McGarveys getting together when we were kids and teens and young adults. We had so many great times together. I wish we could have found time in our adult lives to have been together more often.
I am sorry I can not be there in person with the family to send Vince off to a better place but you are in my heart, thoughts and prayers.
Love you,

Charles Christburg

January 24, 2020

It is with great sorry and loss that we learn of Vince McGarvey’s passing. Vince was a great father, teacher and man. We first meet in 2003 along with his family when they visited Colorado for parents weekend with Chris at the United States Air Force Academy. Over the next few years we got to know Vince and the McGarvey family. We know how proud he was when I swore in Second Lieutenant Chris McGarvey into the United States Air Force in 2007, an accomplishment directly attributed to his her’s father’s love, leadership and tutelage. We enjoyed meeting in years since for dinner and conversation.
Very Respectfully,
Chuck & Julie Christburg

Kelli Hykes

January 24, 2020

Vince was my dad's best friend and I grew up knowing how much their friendship meant to him and how much they had in common. But over the last 7 years, Vince went out of his way to tell me stories, offer a listening ear, and be the voice to the advice my dad would have given. He also gave the best dad hugs. He became an incredibley important connection to my dad and a friend and trusted thought partner to me, in his own right. I love how much they had in common, but being taken suddenly and too soon is a trait I wish they did not share.

Kay Arthur

January 23, 2020

Vince has been a good friend since we were 16. He was John’s best friend since they met. No matter where life took us, they always stayed in touch. Their shared career choice in HR added to their closeness. Following John’s death, Vince took his best friend duties seriously. He checked on me regularly and became a surrogate dad for my girls. He gave great “daddy advice” and told dad jokes.
We will miss him terribly and remember him lovingly.

Bonnie Papp

January 23, 2020

Cousin Vince was such a beautiful soul. A wonderful mixture of Aunt Kay and Uncle Jack with sparkling blue eyes and quick to laugh. He always left you feeling valued. It was with genuine interest that he would ask "How are you?" even though what he would have had to say was far more interesting. We're praying for God's peace and comfort for all of you now and in the days to come. Heaven just got a little better. God bless you Vince.

Laura Duncombe

January 22, 2020

Mr. McGarvey was one of the kindest men I knew. His home was always open to any neighborhood kid and he could make you forget any middle school woes with a rambling anecdote about some song or singer you'd probably never heard of (but always remembered after that).

I'm so glad I got to visit with him last year and introduce him to my husband and son. He will be sorely missed, but his memory will burn brightly forever in the hearts he touched--which are countless.

God bless Eileen, Mike, Chris, Molly, and Maddie as you weather this storm together. My heart is with you and I wish you the peace that passes all understanding. Sending all my love.