Edward T.Garvey, 82,a retired civil servant, businessman and naval aviator who won the Navy Cross in World War I, died Monday at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center of renal failure.

Mr.Garvey, who moved to Alexandria after his retirement from the government in 1957, joined the Navy in 1917 when the United States entered World War I. He became an aviator and was stationed in Wexford Ireland, flying patrols against Germans U-boats. He won the Navy Cross for "exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service...bombing enemy submarines."

He left the Navy about 1921, and entered the real estate business in New York City. He went to went back on active duty in World War Ii.

In 1946, he went to work for the old War Assets Board in Washington. He then became a civilian employe of the Navy Department and retired after two years as a real estate officer on Guan Island in the Pacific.

He also resigned his commission in the Naval Reserve in 1957 with the rank of commander. He was a member of the Golden Eagles, an honorary society of naval aviators.

After retirement, he divided his time between Alexandria and a winter home in Chapala, Mexico.

Survivors include his wife, Lilian, of the homes; a stepson, James Paul Evans, of Fairfax; Four stepdaughters, Annette Ryan, of Kew Gardens, N.Y., Yvonne Kenney, of Delray Beach, Fla., Jean Mitchell, of Annandale, and Joan Shockley, of Alexandria; 15 step grandchildren, and nine step-greatchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Navy Relief Society.