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Gary J. Jarvis

Gary J. Jarvis, retired Sheriff of St. Lawrence County, passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2019, at his home. His wife Nancy, son Michael and daughter SueEllen were with him at the time of his passing. Graveside services will be held in the Spring at Notre Dame Cemetery at a later date and time to be announced by the family. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg.

Gary is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Nancy; his son, G. Michael Jarvis, his daughter, SueEllen Jarvis Bouchard and her husband, Alan and two grandchildren, Ethan L. Bouchard and Lauren Mae Bouchard.

Gary was born on November 15, 1944 the son of Jeremiah and Ruth Fleming Jarvis, Ogdensburg, NY. Gary was married to Nancy LaRock, July 15, 1967, at Notre Dame Church with Msgr. A. D. Charbonneau officiating.

Gary graduated from St. Mary’s Academy class of 1962. Sheriff Jarvis was appointed Deputy Sheriff, June 13, 1969, by then Sheriff Ceylon A. (Lefty) Allen. Jarvis had completed the Frederick A. Moran course at St. Lawrence University. In 1979, then Elect Sheriff Keith K. Knowlton appointed him Under-Sheriff, a position he held for twenty (20) years. In December 1980, Gary graduated from the FBI Academy, 123rd session, Quantico, Virginia. He was elected Sheriff in November of 1999. He served at the Sheriff’s Office for thirty-eight years.

Sheriff Jarvis had a long and successful career with the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff held several positions within the department. The one he was so honored and proud of being elected Sheriff in November of 1999. He served in that capacity until his retirement in December 2007.

Gary was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 258, Msgr. AD Charbonneau Council, Ogdensburg, New York. Gary also served as Town Councilman for the town of Lisbon, New York, was member of the New York State Sheriff’s Association, St. Lawrence County Republican Party Committeeman, and a long time member of the Ogdensburg Lions Club. For the past few years Gary was an assistant at Frary Funeral Home.

The Jarvis family would like to thank Dr. Alka Srivastava, MD, the nurses of Richard E. Winter Cancer Treatment Center and the ICU Unit of Claxton Hepburn Medical Center for the professional care Gary received during his illness. Also the kindness and thoughtfulness from the priests that visited Gary. Thanks to the many friends who spent time with him at home, while in the hospital and who sent cards and well wishes.

A very special thank you to Amber Farrand and Michelle Camarda Gary’s palliative care Nurses and Hospice of St. Lawrence County.

If you would like to send a word of condolence, please send to Mrs. Gary (Nancy) Jarvis (Michael and SueEllen) 9309 State Highway 37, PO BOX 645, Ogdensburg, NY 13669.

Donations in Gary’s memory can be made to the Richard E. Winter Cancer Treatment Center – 5 Lyon Place, Ogdensburg, NY 13669, Hope Lodge – Burlington, VT, Jerry’s Run for Cancer – 3351 County Route 6, Hammond, NY 13646, Ryan’s Wish – C/o Gary West 21984 Birch Lane, Watertown, NY 13601 or a charity of one’s choice.

69 Condolences

  • Robert and Ann Erwin Posted February 15, 2019 12:38 PM

    We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Gary
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family
    He was a great man. Cherish all your memories you have of him and hopefully they will ease your pain during this difficult time.

  • Mark and Kathy Sovie Posted February 15, 2019 2:14 PM

    Nancy we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband, Gary. You and your family are in our prayers.

  • Judy Wright Posted February 15, 2019 4:22 PM

    Nancy and family, Ron & I are very sorry to read of Gary’s passing.. we didn’t know he was not well. He was a wonderful Sheriff and a very well respected man by the entire North country. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all..

  • Tammy Wollman Tulip Posted February 15, 2019 4:47 PM

    SueEllen, Mrs. Jarvis and Michael, my deepest condolences to all of you. Your father and husband was a wonderful man and I held the deepest respect for him, as did so many others. May he be a peace and may you all find strength together in such a difficult time.

  • John Wilson Posted February 15, 2019 4:56 PM

    Our hearts and prayers go out to you Nancy,SueEllen and Mike! Gary was a great man. I always enjoyed sitting with him at our Gran Sons hockey games! Just a real nice man. Proud to have him as a friend!

  • Gary B. Wood Posted February 15, 2019 5:01 PM

    Sheriff Gary Jarvis was truly a Proud and Dedicated Law Enforcement Officer. He will be sadly missed by Family and friends !

  • (Ret) Sheriff Burns Posted February 15, 2019 5:03 PM

    I am so very sorry to here the passing of Sheriff Jarvis. Sheriff Jarvis was a great mentor for so many young Sheriff’s like myself. Condolence to the Sheriff’s family.

    sheriff Burns (retired) Jefferson County

  • John and Debbie Miller Posted February 15, 2019 5:15 PM

    We are so very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Barbara Brooks Bennett Posted February 15, 2019 5:42 PM

    So sorry to hear of his illness and passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Betty O’Shea Posted February 15, 2019 5:44 PM

    Nancy, so very sorry of your loss. Just read this and was sadden. You both held a special place in my heart and he was a wonderful Sheriff and Boss. Let me know if there is anything I can do. Give my condolences to Sue Ellen and Mike. Hugs and prayers to you all.

  • Eloise Sterling Posted February 15, 2019 5:50 PM

    My sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to Gary’s entire family. My husband and I thought very highly of him.. He will be missed.

  • LOIS LANGTRY & KEN JUDD Posted February 15, 2019 5:54 PM

    Nancy, Suellen, Michael, it was sad to read of Gary’s passing. Memories of the good times help us all through the sad times. I can recall our many evenings at the Elks Club with you, Gary, Bill and Pat Ward…that was a group that always had a good time. I hope your memories ease your pain now. My thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP, Gary.

  • Tom Wright Posted February 15, 2019 5:59 PM

    It was a pleasure to have known him!!

  • Bob & Sue Moore Posted February 15, 2019 6:23 PM

    Words cannot express how sorry we are to hear of Gary’s passing. Happy memories of Nancy and Gary at Ethan’s hockey games will be forever in our hearts. Those were great years! Love and prayers to the Jarvis family.

  • sandra putney Posted February 15, 2019 6:29 PM

    Nancy and family, always enjoyed running into Gary in town. Such a nice and caring man. He will be missed by many. May your memories bring you some solice.

  • Gary and Gail Posted February 15, 2019 6:30 PM

    Our hearts are with you at this most difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. I’m sure Gary’s completed journey leaves you in awe of all he’s done en route to Our Lord. Wishing you all peace. Our prayers continue.

  • Tim & Sally Amo Posted February 15, 2019 6:30 PM

    We are so very saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. He was a wonderful man and will be missed greatly. I truly enjoyed working for him for many years at the Sheriff’s Office, often times side by side. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy, Mike & Sue Ellen and family. RIP Gary, We’ll miss you.

  • Jim & Ann LaFave Posted February 15, 2019 6:39 PM

    My Wife & I would like to send our heartfelt and deepest condolences to the entire family of Sheriff Gary J. Jarvis. We had gotten to know him through the K of C Family and other venues around Ogdensburg. He was always very kind and pleasant man to speak with. Our prayers are with you all.

  • Tim Hartley Posted February 15, 2019 7:07 PM

    I’m very saddened with loss of Gary Jarvis. I worked for Gary for over 25 years.may god take care of him. Nancy, Mike, and Sue Ellen you ate in my thoughts and prayers. R.I.P. Sherifg

  • Al & Judy Premo Posted February 15, 2019 7:13 PM

    So deeply saddened to learn of Gary’s passing. Nancy, Michael, Sue Ellen and family our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Bill Nelson Posted February 15, 2019 7:18 PM

    So sad to hear of Gary’s passing. Gary was a true public servant and served the citizens of St Lawrence County with dignity, honor, and ethics. He was well respected by all and our County is much better for having him as our Sherrif. Nancy, Michael, SueEllen and Allen, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Another good man gone way too soon. Rest In Peace and fly high Sheriff.

  • Marilyn LaFlair Posted February 15, 2019 7:23 PM

    So sorry for your loss Nancy and family.I knew Gary when we went to holy cross school and st marys.He was a great man and his job as sheriff was well done.May he now fly with the angels and may God Bless you all during this time.He was ;loved by many.

  • Erin Knowlton Murphy Posted February 15, 2019 7:23 PM

    Dear Jarvis Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time. May God comfort you and give you strength. Our sincere condolences.

  • David J Mclellan Posted February 15, 2019 7:26 PM

    Prayers are being said.
    Condolences to family and friends
    Rest In Peace Gary

  • Deborah Perretta Posted February 15, 2019 7:35 PM

    So very sorry.Our eyes would meet and we would smile when I was with my daughter and you with Mr.Jarvis at the Cancer Center….praying for your family.

  • Tim Durand Posted February 15, 2019 7:38 PM

    sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers to the family

  • Don Peck Posted February 15, 2019 7:47 PM

    So sorry to hear the news and our prayers are with you Nancy. Michael & family. I always considered Gary a great friend. He will be missed and I will miss all the good conversations that we use to have about politics and just general discussions. If you need anything, don’t be afraid to call. Again sorry for your loss.

  • Andrew Kennedy Posted February 15, 2019 7:56 PM

    Thoughts and prayers for friends and family. A fine man for sure! He will be missed by many. He was always very helpful to me and my department.

  • Ramona and Andrew Kennedy Posted February 15, 2019 8:15 PM

    So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to the Family. RIP

  • Mary Jo Myers Posted February 15, 2019 8:23 PM

    Nancy and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I was honored to have met Gary. I am so sorry for your lost.

  • Phil and Paula Jacques Posted February 15, 2019 8:25 PM

    Dear Nancy, SueEllen and Michael,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. May God give you strength and peace.

  • Francine Naccarato Posted February 15, 2019 8:37 PM

    Nancy, Mike, Suellen, Alan, I’m saddened to learn of Gary’s passing. I’m sure the many memories you share as a family will help to ease your sorrow. My most sincere sympathy to you all. Francine Naccarato

  • Fr. Chris Carrara, JCSO Chaplian Posted February 15, 2019 9:16 PM

    The county was a better place because of the sheriff’s life and service. May his soul and The Souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace

  • Derek and Ginny Bateman and family Posted February 15, 2019 9:36 PM

    So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to all of you!

  • Dennis Durant Posted February 15, 2019 10:01 PM

    Nancy and family. Sorry to hear of your loss in Gary’s passing. His dedication and service to the people of St. Lawrence County is a fine tribute to him and your family. He was a good supervisor. Thinking and praying for you all.

  • Bob and Beth Leroux Posted February 15, 2019 11:16 PM

    Nancy and Family, Bob and I are very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He led an exemplary life of dignity, integrity and service.. You are in our thoughts.

  • Larry Welt Posted February 16, 2019 6:20 AM

    “Gary was a Class-Act, in everything he did”…

  • Ronald Day Posted February 16, 2019 6:57 AM

    Nancy, Al & Sue and Mike, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ron & Sheila Day Umatilla, Florida

  • Joel Kirch ( retired Chief Inspector U.S. Marshal ) Posted February 16, 2019 7:00 AM

    Nancy and Family I am sorry for your loss. I worked for Gary as a young Deputy Sheriff in the late 70s and 80s. He was the most honest and fair man I ever met in law enforcement. Keith and Gary helped mold me into a better officer and gave me the skills to continue my career. I never forgot the lessons he taught me. May he Rest In Peace

  • Dean Hebert Posted February 16, 2019 7:03 AM

    We are truly sorry for your loss of Gary. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this sorrowful time. Dean & Diane Hebert

  • Joe spriggs Posted February 16, 2019 7:07 AM

    We could not have had a better Chief Law enforcement officer for our County… Rest in peace Sheriff

  • Bill Dibble Posted February 16, 2019 8:04 AM

    Nancy & Family: I am so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I always considered him as a good friend and have many pleasant memories of him and of course you too, Nancy. I remember Gary coming over to Purchasing to get supplies and any surplus equipment that the Sheriff’s office could use. I always enjoyed working with Gary as Undersheriff and Sheriff. Memories of passing you and Gary on Route 37 biking to the ‘burg. God Bless you and may Sheriff Gary Jarvis Rest in Peace. Prayers .

  • Lori & Pat Hackett Posted February 16, 2019 8:46 AM

    Nancy, Sue Ellen and Michael…We were very sorry to read of Gary’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Cherish your memories…they last a lifetime and beyond…

  • Doug Reese Posted February 16, 2019 9:17 AM

    Nancy and family , so sorry to hear of your loss ! Gary was a good friend starting at Holy Cross school and continued at St. Marys and further . He was a great guy and a good friend . RIP my friend and may GOD Bless you !

  • Scott Thornhill Posted February 16, 2019 9:44 AM

    Nancy and family,
    So very sorry for your loss. Gary and you treated me so well when I worked at the County. Remembering you in my prayers…
    The Lord’s blessings,
    Scott

  • Richard & Sharon McCabe Posted February 16, 2019 10:12 AM

    So sorry to read qbout Gary passing.Our prayers are with Nancy and her family.

  • Keith and Kathy Pierce Posted February 16, 2019 10:32 AM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. May all your memories help you through this difficult time.

  • robert messina Posted February 16, 2019 10:59 AM

    Nancy,michael and sueellen I am so sorry for your loss gary was a fine man he will be missed my prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time rob messina

  • Joe and Ina Donaleski Posted February 16, 2019 11:15 AM

    Sorry for your loss. Gary was a true gentleman who always wore a smile and greeted everyone he met. I know he will be remembered with a smile by most who knew him.

  • Natalie S. Aldrich Posted February 16, 2019 11:41 AM

    Please accept my sincere sympathy. I was just remembering our work time together just last week. He and I developed the Sheriff’s department first automated software programs. The success of those applications was due to Gary’s attention to detail and knowing just what was needed to assist his department. I’m so sorry Nancy and children for your loss.

  • David Bartlett Potsdam PD Retired Posted February 16, 2019 11:46 AM

    Condolences to friends and family. Gary was a great person and dedicated professional in his law enforcement career. It was always a pleasure to speak with him while solving the issues at hand.

  • Lisa Sargent Posted February 17, 2019 7:33 AM

    SueLlen and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. May you all find peace in your memories of him, in knowing that he touched so many lives, and in the love he shared with you. Our deepest sympathy, Scott and Lisa Sargent and Family

  • Frank Laverghetta Posted February 17, 2019 8:10 AM

    My prayers go out to the family of Gary

  • Robin M. St. Andrews, Commissioner of Elections (retired) Posted February 17, 2019 8:34 AM

    My sincere condolences to Nancy and family. As a colleague within county government for many years, I always enjoyed interactions with Gary and his department. He enjoyed a career and family he was proud of. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Karen & Ron Bettinger Posted February 17, 2019 3:19 PM

    We were so sorry to read of Gary’s passing. Please know that our thoughts & prayers are with each of you at such a sad time.

  • Don and Gloria Putney Posted February 17, 2019 5:45 PM

    Nancy, Mike, Sue Ellen Our thoughts and prayers are with you . Gary was a good person who believed in values, family and people in general.. He had a great influence on me during my career at the Sheriffs Dept..

  • Dale Posted February 17, 2019 7:51 PM

    Dear Nancy; Michel & Suellen: my sincerest condolences & prayers for all of you at this difficult time. I met Gary at the marina when I was about 12 or so. He was a good friend and someone who always treated me well displite our age difference. He was someone I could really talk to. Love & Prayers, Dale.

    Be in rehab hospital for another 3 weeks & will be able send you much more and complete letter.

  • Emily Grant Posted February 18, 2019 7:48 AM

    Gary was a special person who always stopped to say hello and visit a little. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with you, Nancy, SueEllen, Mike, and family. Emily Grant and family

  • James & Penny Bogardus III Posted February 18, 2019 9:06 AM

    We are very sad to hear of Gary’s passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Nancy and
    all the Jarvis’s family

  • Steve and Barb Barlow Posted February 18, 2019 10:10 AM

    The news of Gary’s death has reached us in the South. , We extend our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Gary was a great father and husband. His service as an excellent sheriff and community member will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts at this most difficult time.

  • Jean Given Posted February 18, 2019 10:34 AM

    Nancy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Patrick & Lori Rafferty Posted February 18, 2019 7:37 PM

    Nancy, Michael, SueEllen and family,
    We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  • john lavair Posted February 19, 2019 10:30 AM

    MY deepest sympathy to the family.so sorry for your loss . JOHN C LAVAIR …PRESIDENT LAVAIRS SALES MASSENA NY

  • Leland Trimm Posted February 19, 2019 12:53 PM

    Nancy, so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my sympathies! I still remember the days at Madill school!

  • Sonny Duquette Posted February 20, 2019 7:35 AM

    I am deeply saddened that we loss such a great person. I enjoyed all the years I worked under Gary and will never forget the lessons he taught me in law enforcement. I proudly hang our photo together on the wall of our Police Academy. My condolences to Nancy and the family. I will miss Gary very much.

  • Terry and Carol Shaver Posted February 20, 2019 2:56 PM

    Our sincerest condolences on Gary’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Penny Sharrow Posted February 20, 2019 5:43 PM

    To the entire Jarvis Family –

    You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. I always respected Gary and how he dedicated himself to his job and protecting the citizens of our North country. Cherish your memories and he will always be tucked in your hearts.

    Sincerely –

    Penny Sharrow

  • Patty Pinkerton Posted March 6, 2019 5:01 PM

    Nancy and family I am so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I did not know of his illness or passing till now. My heart aches for you all. Thinking of you !

  • Richard Babcock Posted March 21, 2019 1:06 PM

    I was so sorry to the read of the passing of Gary. I am retired from the NY State Police and had many occasions to speak with Gary whenever I was at the Sheriff’s office. Condolences to Gary’s family. I am presently in Georgia where I have been since the first of the year and I only just learned of Gary’s passing.

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