Robert A. MacGarva Jr., a lifelong East Hampton resident, died of kidney failure on Sunday at Good Shepherd Hospice in Port Jefferson. He was 88.
A land surveyor and painting contractor, Mr. MacGarva was born on Feb. 21, 1926, at Dune Alpin Farm in East Hampton, to Robert A. MacGarva Sr. and the former Gertrude McDonald. His father worked for the New York Telephone Company as a line and switchboard supervisor.
After graduating from East Hampton High School, Mr. MacGarva served for two and a half years during World War II with the 97th Field Artillery in the Philippines. After his discharge he attended Mohawk Valley College in upstate New York. In 1950 he married Ethel Brubaker, who survives him.
Mr. MacGarva was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and for more than 60 years a volunteer with the East Hampton Fire Department. He attended Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton.
In addition to his wife, Ethel MacGarva, he is survived by a brother, Richard J. MacGarva of North Haven, and a sister, Mary Jane Anderson of East Hampton. A third sibling, Gertrude Ferrara of Sag Harbor, died in 2010.
Two sons, Robert A. MacGarva III and David S. MacGarva, both of East Hampton, survive, as do two daughters, Nancy Fazakerley of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Donna Lebling of Mason, Ohio. He leaves seven grandchildren.
Visiting hours will take place today at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Most Holy Trinity, the Rev. Peter Garry officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery on Cedar Street, and there will be a gathering afterward at 3:30 p.m. at the East Hampton Fire Department, which will be open to the public.
Memorial donations have been suggested to Good Shepherd Hospice, 200 Belle Terre Road, Port Jefferson 11777, or to Company One, East Hampton Fire Department, or East Hampton Village Ambulance Association, both at 1 Cedar Street, East Hampton 11937.