Edward McGivern of Nevada City died Feb. 16. He was 82.
Services will be held at noon, Saturday, Feb. 23, at St. Canice Church in Nevada City. A reception will follow at St. Canice Hall on Reward Street.
Mr. McGivern was born Sept. 18, 1925, in Butte, Mont., to Catherine and Bernard McGivern. He attended Nevada City Elementary School and Nevada City High School. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy. Following amphibious training, he shipped out to the South Pacific and served in New Guinea and the Philippines. Following discharge, he was one of a group of ex-servicemen who were instrumental in developing the baseball diamond at Pioneer Park. He attended Placer Junior College, attended St. Mary’s College and received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and history from Sacramento State College.
Mr. McGivern worked for the City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department as the assistant superintendent. He was one of the founders of Fairy Tale Town in William Land Park. He worked for SPD in Nevada City and retired as manager of the sporting goods and automotive departments.
He was a member of the Nevada City Elks and the Nevada County Country Club, where he served on the board of directors, participated in maintaining the pool, which is named in his honor, and initiated the current Junior Golf Program. He was an avid fisherman, San Francisco Giants fan and golfer.
Mr. McGivern is survived by his son, James McGivern; daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and John Carr and grandchildren Jay and Jamee McGivern and Robin and Sophie Carr.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bernard McGivern; mother, Catherine Williams and stepfather, Herbert Williams.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Nevada County Country Club Junior Golf Program.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.
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