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Richard A. ("Rick") Garvin

May 6, 1954 ~ July 22, 2018 (age 64)
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CHICOPEE-Richard A. Garvin, 64, of Chicopee passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday July 22, 2018 surrounded by his beloved family.  Rick was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on May 6, 1954, the son of the late Thomas and Rose (Carabetta) Garvin. He was raised and educated in the city, attending local schools, graduating from Classical High School in 1972.  Rick was a talented athlete, playing for both the Baseball and golf teams. A talented musician from an early age, he made Western Massachusetts, All State and All East Coast recognition as part of the High School band. He furthered his education, receiving his B.M. Degree from the Berklee College of Music in 1976.  Rick began a long career in teaching music, working over 35 years with the Springfield Public Schools at Van Sickle and later Commerce High School where he retired from in 2013.   Rick married the love of his life, Susan Snyder on August 1, 1981 in Sacred Heart Church in Springfield and together they began their family, settling in Chicopee.  He leaves his beloved wife, Susan M. (Snyder) Garvin. His two devoted sons; Jeffrey Garvin and his wife Tiffany of Chicopee and James and his wife Shaina of Granby. His beloved grandson, Warren R. Garvin, Jeff & Tiffany’s son, who was a constant source of his attention. He also leaves his dear siblings; Doreen Robidoux and her husband Jeff of Agawam, Louis Garvin and his wife Mary Alice of Feeding Hills and Thomas Garvin and his companion Darla Schmidt of Agawam. Rick also leaves a large extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews.  He is survived by several aunts and uncles including June DeSanti of Feeding Hills and James P. Garvin of Florida.  He went on to play professionally in numerous bands in the 80’s and 90’s. With his wide range of music talent, Rick played with the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus and the Premier Jazz Band. He wrote music and played with the Marksmen Drum & Bugle Corp. Rick worked at Falcetti’s Music Studio in the 80’s and 90’s, teaching drums and conducting percussion ensemble’s.  Under his teaching and guidance, his group won a World championship with their Virtuoso Ensemble at Carnegie hall in New York. Rick Garvin has been playing drums since the age of two and has never looked back. As a young student, the drum corps was his passion…He just loved being a part of it. Beginning In the 1970’s and 80’s, Rick played non-stop in Funk, Rock, and Top 40 bands. When not traveling on the road, he would work part-time as a substitute teacher. One fateful day Rick was offered a full-time music teaching position… He had become ‘Mr. Richard Garvin – music educator and positive role model’…teaching and shaping the lives of numerous disadvantaged youth in an urban school district, Springfield.  Rick loved to play golf, travel to the casino and spending time with his grandson.  The family invites you to join them for calling Hours on Friday, July 27, 2018 from 9:00 ~12:00 p.m. at Tylunas Funeral Home, 159 Broadway St., Chicopee. Cremation services will follow his wake and burial services will be held at a later date. The family ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Judes Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Judes Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Visit for donations, directions and to leave condolences. 

Donations may be made to:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

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