Longtime Northwestern equipment manager Bill Jarvis dies

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Northwestern is mourning the loss of long-time equipment manager Bill Jarvis. He served in the school for more than 35-years.

No official cause of death has been announced yet. No age was provided.

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“We lost a giant guy in the Northwestern football family in Bill Jarvis,” Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “Mr. J made such a huge impact on so many of us as student-athletes and impacted so many staff members. He also impacted the fans and so many in the Northwestern community. I was texting with him on Friday and Saturday before the game. I always looked forward to his messages. It’s just surreal that we lost him.

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“We would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to his entire family and to the entire Wildcat family in a time when we lost someone we all love. Mr. J is looking down on us and knows that we all love him. We’re so thankful for his impact on all of our lives.”

The school named the Athletic Equipment room at Ryan Field after Jarvis on November 13, 2010. In addition, Jarvis received the All-American Football Foundation’s Outstanding Equipment Manager Award in 2002.

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Jarvis also received the Athletic Equipment Managers Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

He was a 1970 Ashland College graduate. Jarvis spent six years as an equipment manager at Ashland, before being hired by Northwestern. In 1995, he was named the District 5 Equipment Manager of the Year.

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