Gordon Neal Garvin

November 23, 1921January 23, 2015
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Old Lyme- Gordon Neal Garvin, "Jiggs", 93, of Hawks Nest Beach, died Friday, January 23, 2015 with his family by his side.

Mr. Garvin was born on November 23, 1921 in Hartford, CT the son of Harold Perry and Dorothy Warren Garvin.

Gordon grew up in West Hartford, CT. He attended Hall High School where he played hockey and other sports. He also attended Northfield Mount Herman in Gill, MA. He worked at Colt Firearms in Hartford as a final assembly quality inspector before honorably serving in the US Air Force in WWII. After the war, he joined the Massachusetts Air Guard as a captain where he flew the F86 Sabre Jet. During his aviation career, he piloted many different types of aircraft including the T6, B24, T33, B25, F80, F94 and F86. He became a member of the Mach Busters Club breaking the sound barrier in 1954.

He was self-employed for most of his adult life as a carpenter and home building contractor, building many homes in the West Hartford/Bloomfield/Simsbury and Old Lyme/East Lyme areas. Gordon was also a lifelong resident of Old Lyme where he summered with his parents and family at Hawks Nest Beach. He eventually settled there with his own family.

With a strong passion for fishing, golf, sailing, and tennis with family and friends, he remained active into his nineties. During his last years, he found pleasure trimming hedges and raking the beach at Hawks Nest.

He is predeceased by his son Dana Garvin ( , and his brothers Robert and Perry Garvin. He is survived by his sister Dorothy Montgomery of Glastonbury; son Neal Garvin and his wife Joanne of Avon; daughters Lisa Garvin of Cromwell and Beth Garvin of Naples, FL and their mother, Joyce Bentley of Cromwell; Susan (Binky) King and her husband David of Lyme; daughter in-law Heather Garvin of Canton; Grandchildren James, Ryan, Gordon, Lauren and Liam Garvin, Crystal Adanti, Corey and Daniel King; Great-grandchildren Bryce and Micah Garvin. He is also survived by his dear friend and companion of 45 years Elise Garvin of Niantic, CT, and many wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and family who have brought immeasurable love and happiness to his life. A special thanks to his wonderful caregivers Paola Correa, Karen Lafarier and Laurie Crackenbury who provided him comfort and peace in his home.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 4:00 until 7:00 pm in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Ln., Old Lyme, CT 06371. A celebration of Jiggs’ life will be held in the spring at Hawks Nest Beach. Please visit and for photos, tributes, directions and updated service information. Contributions can be made in his memory to: Hawks Nest Beach Jetty Preservation Fund, c/o Steve Rosenfield, 28 West End Drive, Old Lyme, CT 06371. These funds will be used to help protect and preserve the waterfront for generations to come.



  • Calling Hours Wednesday, January 28, 2015


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Erica (Chapman) Saunders

February 28, 2015

the first part of my early days i grew up on Hawks nest beach. I have many fond memories the fondest i have is being with the garvin's Julie Binky and i knew Dana. when i got older and worked at A&p jiggs would always stop in for one thing or another I will always remember his sweet heart. My thoughts go out to the whole family

February 19, 2015

Jiggs has meant a lot to us going back many years. He goes back to my cousins, Jim and Don (Hap) Russell and their potato canons. Charlie thought the world of your Dad and enjoyed talking "old times" with him. I wonder who will be hitting gold balls off the beach now and who will be retrieving them at low tide!!! It will be a very different scene now without your Dad on the deck. HNB will not be the same without him. He will be missed.

Winnie & Charlie Williams

February 19, 2015

I am very sorry to hear of Jiggs passing. He was Mr. Hawks Nest. Anybody who spent any time at Hawks Nest, got to know Jiggs. He was one of a kind. He was always very pleasant to me, even though at times I'm not sure if he knew who I was.
My sincere sympathy to you and your family.

Sue Monks

February 19, 2015

Ginnie and I didn't know Jiggs all that well, though we met him several times and chatted with him at Rosenfields' parties a few times, but I feel like I knew him much better from all the stories we've heard over the 10 years we've been at Hawk's Nest. One thing I do know for a fact is that Jiggs and Ben Thompson built the cottage we bought from Jeanne Thompson. It is a wonderfully well laid out and constructed house. Jiggs' legacy continues in our place and I'm sure many of the homes at Hawk's Nest. He was a very nice man.

Rick Jones

Duane Buckingham

February 19, 2015

I'm old enough to remember Jiggs buzzing Hawk's Nest at a VERY low altitude in the late forties. I was standing in front of #36 and asked my dad, What was that? The plane almost hit the telephone wires! He said, That was Jiggs saying hello. You should strive to be like him. I never forgot that. It was some part of my own motivation to serve about 20 years later, and he has a place in my heart. God bless Jiggs!

February 19, 2015

Dear Sandy,

Thanks so much for letting us know. Please keep us in mind when you schedule his memorial service, and we'll make every effort to be there. My favorite memory is from my childhood when Jiggs would drive around S Street in his golf cart. One day he pulled up next to my mother, beautiful and looking no more than 25 years old, and offered her a ride in the cart. She was shocked and told him that she was a married woman with four children. He just laughed, waved, and told her she had a very lucky husband who'd better appreciate her. We'll miss him very much!

Our condolences to your family.

Kathy Moore

Catherine & Pritchard Meyer

February 19, 2015

Sandy and Garvin Family,

Thank you for letting us know about Jigg's passing. He was a nice guy we need more like him. He "did it his way".

The next thunder storm just think of Jigg playing with that canon in the sky and now for the whole world not just Hawk's Nest.

February 19, 2015

When the season starts, we need to fire a cannon in his honor.


Dave Heckman W56

Nick Perna

February 19, 2015

Sandy and others:

I was going to offer my condolences, but I'm sure Jiggs would not approve of that. He was truly one of a kind and we'll all miss him a lot. One of my favorite memories goes something like this. He overheard (hard to figure out how) Nancy T telling me that the wind had blown some shingles off my garage roof. When we came back the next week, they had been replaced by Jiggs who borrowed our small kitchen step ladder. I think Jiggs was about 85 years young at the time! When I asked Nancy how we could thank him, she suggested a bottle of his favorite booze!

Best, Nick

February 19, 2015

Jiggs was a fixture of Hawk's Nest Beach, and gave all of us something to strive for: Love for all and for the entire beach community. Will always remember him shooting his canon off the back of our boat while we watched the fireworks! RIP, old friend.

Bill and Marge Rockwell


Jiggs & Dana


First motorcycle. A big Indian!


Home Construction 1955


Dana & Jiggs


Jiggs and family with PutPut the cat.