The University of Wisconsin-Madison and the McFarland School District are mourning the loss of a very talented musician, teacher and friend.
Bill Garvey died of cancer early Thursday morning, according to district officials.
Garvey recently retired as the director of instrumental music at McFarland High School. He also just finished his 35th season as a field assistant for the UW Band and was also a member of the UW band for four years. He was the tuba section leader.
"We send our condolences and prayers to Michelle, Jessica and Andrew on the loss of a cherished husband and father, Bill Garvey, early this morning," said McFarland School District Administrator Scott Brown on the district's Facebook page.
Brown said the day will be difficult for staff and students alike. He said counselors were made available for those who wanted to talk.