George Edward Garvin

January 20, 1964 - September 16, 2021


Obituary For George Edward Garvin

George E. Garvin Jr, 57, of Bristol, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 16th 2021. A lifelong resident of Bristol, he was the son of Lydia (Travers) Garvin and the late George E. Garvin Sr.
George was a 1982 graduate of the former Bristol High School where he excelled in sports and formulated lifelong friendships that he kept close until his untimely passing. He was also a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Photography and practiced his art for many years, often capturing two of his favorite subjects, boating and skiing. He was the President and owner of New England Tent for 33 years. The success of his business was not solely generated by demand, but also by his business knowledge, attention to detail, and personalized service that he gave to all his customers.
George was a member of the Bristol Rotary Club and East Bay Chamber of Commerce for many years. He played in the Bristol County football and softball leagues for Moe's Tap and Alegria Construction and was a member of the Hopeworth Association bocce league. He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, Oakland Raiders and the Brown and Notre Dame University football teams. His greatest passion, however, was skiing, both in New England and the Rocky Mountains, and he utilized his skiing and photography skills as a photographer for Sugarbush Resort in Vermont and Sharpshooters Professional Photography. He also enjoyed spending time on Martha's Vineyard and the Bristol Waterfront, with his roaring sense of humor and distinct laugh, enjoying his favorite libation, Amaretto DiSaronno.
Of all the things that defined George, three immediately come to mind- his sense of humor, his banter and his generosity. His friendships spanned multiple generations and locales, and while he preferred to keep his contributions private, he donated to countless individuals and organizations, never seeking personal recognition.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sisters Gail Garvin and Susan Proto (Michael), Cousin Paula Deslauriers, and numerous friends that he also considered family.
Arrangements are with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, where family will receive friends on Friday September 24th, 4:00-8:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, September 25th, 11:00am in St Elizabeths Church, 577 Wood Street, Bristol. Burial will be private.

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  • Gail and Sue (and family) - We were so saddened to hear of the sudden passing of your brother. Our sympathies and prayers to all of you at this time. Donna and Ted August

  • George we love you, we will miss you. Hugs to everyone who is morning your loss. I love that you couldn't have young Joe work for you because you couldn't yell at him :). You were such a softy when it came to certain things. I loved when you called me to come pick up a calendar for Hailey because she sailed and you thought that was awesome. You were so giving behind the scenes. You were an amazing person. Love all of the Osmanski's

  • I am so deeply sorry for your loss. George was a awesome friend he was always making someone laugh. He will be sadly missed. Rebecca Luther StVincent

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