Richard C Jarvis Jr

October 27, 2020


Richard C. Jarvis, Jr., 57, of Cambridge MA, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. He was born in Cambridge to Mary Ann Jarvis and the late Richard C. Jarvis Sr.  He is survived by his wife, Karla, and their three children, Richard “Dewey” C. Jarvis III, Charlie Ann Jarvis and Marc Tyler Jarvis; his sister Lisa, brother Russell and a host of relatives and friends.

He attended Shady Hill School, Cambridge Public School and Fisk University, where he became a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He later received a Master’s in Education from Harvard University.  Rick was an incredible husband, father and community leader. 

Rick had a talent for friendships and enjoyed life to its fullest: an avid fisherman, jazz music lover, bicyclist and woodworker.  His many mentees would say “he was the blue print,” for the example he set in serving his community.  He touched the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.  And yet if asked, he would consider his greatest achievement to be his family.  He instilled in each of his children a love of music, fishing and an appreciation of the outdoors. His children are a testament to his legacy. He guided them to become contributors to their community, pursue educational excellence and to embrace every achievement with humility and grace.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Rick’s memory be made to:

The Rick Jarvis ’78 Fund for Financial Aid or by mailing a check to:

Shady Hill School

The Rick Jarvis ’78 Fund for Financial Aid

178 Coolidge Hill

 Cambridge, MA 02138

Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, November 5, 2020, 5-7 PM at AJ Spears Funeral Home, 124 Western Ave, Cambridge, MA; a Memorial Service by Zoom will be held on Saturday November 7, 2020 at 1:00 PM. The zoom link to the service is as follows:



November 5, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
A. J. Spears Funeral Home
124 Western Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

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