Frederick Curtis Jarvis

October 2, 1924July 11, 2019

Command Master Chief Frederick C. Jarvis, USN ret., 94, passed away on July 11, 2019. After a distinguished Naval career that extended nearly 40 years, he retired in 1978. He continued a career with civil service working at the NARF.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; and brother, Raymond.

He is survived by his daughter, Sheila and husband Dr. Bishop Read; and grandson, Curtis B. Read.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of The Chesapeake Retirement Community.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Sat., July 13, 2019 at Rosewood Memorial Park, with full military honors. Friends may offer condolences at


  • Ruth Jarvis, Wife
  • Sheila and husband Dr. Bishop Read, Daughter
  • Curtis B. Read, Grandson
  • Raymond Jarvis, Brother


  • Graveside Service Saturday, July 13, 2019


Frederick Curtis Jarvis

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Nelson Smith

July 13, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Fred 1974-1976 at the Naval Air Station Norfolk Supply Department. I gained some valuable knowledge of the workings of the Navy Supply System from Fred in my daily dealings with his section. My condolences to Fred's family in their time of grief. Fair winds and following seas, Master Chief Jarvis, as you report in to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief.

Helen Quinby

July 12, 2019

Your father and mother lived in the apartment below my mother, Mable Quinby. They never knew but the name “Jarvis” is a name in my father’s family so Mom and I took comfort in having them as downstairs neighbors.
We greeted them in the hall as old fond acquaintances, like it was a blessing to see them.
When your father went to the Health Care Unit and took the room next to Mom’s ironically, I greeted him as my friend, Mr. Jarvis. It was a turning point for both Mom and him. I would go to his room to listen to his concerns. My mom was dying and as I sat there with her, sometimes he needed help, mostly company. My spouse would spend time with him. I hope he knew he was loved. It was hard for him. And I know he is safe now of any fears.
So we venture on with them in our hearts. Be well.
Helen Quinby.