OBITUARY

Donald Joseph Gavrity Jr.

April 6, 1951April 8, 2019
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Donald Joseph Gavrity was born on April 6, 1951 and passed away on April 8, 2019.

Services

26 April

Funeral Mass

10:30 am - 11:30 am

St Paschal Baylon Church

155 E Janss Rd
Thousand Oaks, California

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Donald Joseph Gavrity Jr.

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Ed Gorman

April 24, 2019

Donny
My sincerest sympathies to Karen and your children
I'll never forget you and your kind friendship.
The way you worked at the National Champs in California....all you wanted to do is help everyone.
You , Karen with Gooch !!! Say Cheese !
It's been a quick 50 years. You will be cherished and dearly missed.
and please Say Hello to Saint for us !
Rest in Peace and we should pray to you not for you.
Ed


John Sasonoff

April 23, 2019

Don, Growing up across the "field" where we played baseball, football and anything else we could do will always be remembered in Mariners Harbor. We had great times in those days and I will always remember them. The "hood" was special back then and our families were close friends. I will also remember the days on the track team at St. Peter's we had so much fun. Rest in peace Don and my prayers and thoughts for your family during this difficult time.

Bruce Tepfer

April 22, 2019

Dear Don,
To the man who hired me in 1985. I am so glad we remained friends. We last spoke only a short time ago. i will remember the times you would lock my attache case and I wasn't able to do my presentation . and when you unhooked my golf bag from the golf cart in Hawaii in 1987. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers as well as your wonderful wife Karen.
Heaven is smiling !

James GAVRITY

April 19, 2019

Playing poker with the older cousins and smoking a cigar at Uncle Pete's house on Richmond terrace.
Rest in peace Don God-bless you

Joseph McAnanama

April 19, 2019

I knew Don since elementary school. Although I was not an athlete, I was his classmate through high school too. He always had a kind and gentle personality along with a winning smile. In recent years we reconnected through the Knights of Columbus, then a few lunches out in Staten Island when he visited and then we got together with Don and Karen when my wife and I visited California twice in the last few years. Don was amazing with all that he was going through he found time to spend with us and never did I hear him complain about his condition. He was and is an inspiration to us how we should live our lives with kindness and grace and a smile on our face.

May he rest in peace.

Joe McAnanama

Jack Schultz

April 12, 2019

I was and remain a friend and teammate of Don at Temple University. Don was the type of friend who always had time for people, good advice, good times, and whenever you hung out with Don, you left feeling better about yourself. Im a Philly boy and It was Don who taught me about Staten Island culture. He was a " giving" person. Don actually introduced me to my Bride, so his legacy will actually carry on with my children and grandchildren as well as his own family.

We will all miss his infectious spirit, but perhaps God knew that Don was not meant for sedentary golden years. He is once again a skinny, hyperactive, 20 year old with busy days of enjoying his friends and making new ones.

See you soon Buddy and Ill be sure to check out, with your help, the Staten Island wing of Heaven.


Tom Walsh

April 12, 2019

I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of having Don as a fantastic team-mate, loyal class-mate, and great friend at Saint Peter’s from 1965 to 1969. He had an infectious smile, an affable personality, and was always fully engaged and committed to the people and activities. I have so many fond memories, especially from the twelve running athletic seasons, as well as the usual list of high school events.

We were both fortunate to be part of an amazing freshman cross country team that had a championship season, dominating New York City meets, winning six of seven, including Saint Peter’s first New York Freshman CHSAA City title. Throughout this season, Don kept his steady focus, feet on the ground, and maintained his ever present smile and insightful sense of humor. He significantly contributed to, and anchored this team’s success. Don would continue to sustain a high level of running achievements throughout his high school career including honors, championships, and recently St. Peter’s Hall of Fame. His special recognition included Cross Country, Track, and the Penn Relays Distance Medley team.

We ran and practiced together at many different venues around New York City including the legendary Van Cortlandt Park, the 168th Street Armory with its flat wooden floor, Madison Square Garden, Philadelphia’s Franklin Field, the thick sands of MaCombs Dam Park, Port Richmond’s cinder track, Monsignor Farrell’s outdoor track, Clove Lakes Park, Goodhue woods, and of course, the venerable Saint Peter’s indoor-outdoor wooden track which we shoveled snow off of in the winter. All of these places contributed to the sheer fun, camaraderie, running commentary, great memories, and story-telling for many years to come.

Don will be greatly missed.

Tom Walsh 69’

Bill Welsh

April 11, 2019

As coach of Augustinian Academy and New Dorp High School, I often wished that I had coached Don. He was a coach's dream... outstanding athletically, academically and in the community. Bill Welsh

Ed Grippe

April 11, 2019

Don was a hard worker and a teammate that could be counted on for 100% effort. As a member of the 1967 St Peter’s Cross Country team he helped set the seven man average that has lasted 52+ years.
As St Paul wrote: ... Don “has run the good race” both as an athlete and as a person! Rest in peace, Don.

John Tobin

April 11, 2019

Dear Donnie: As your high school coach in Cross Country, Track and Field, in my years of coaching, I never had any athlete who tried harder to do what I asked. At St. Peter's in those days, we ran tough, tough workouts around Goodhue or at Clove Lakes
Park and you always ran "up." You were always trying to make or push the next group or at the very least push those with whom you were running. As a person, you were the same way. You made everyone around you much better by your mere presence. May your soul rest in Peace. Saint John Baptist de LaSalle pray for us. Amen!

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