Bernie Galvin

BernardGalvinBernie Galvin died quietly at home at Smith Mountain Lake surrounded by his loving family on Saturday night, October 6th. Cynthia Galvin, his wife of 37 years, was constantly by his side. Bernie was born in Rochester, NY, the son of James and Mary Leona Galvin. He was predeceased by his brother, Leo. Bernie was the first in his family to go to college. He graduated from the College of Forestry at the University of Syracuse, got married and joined the Navy in June 1953. He married his college sweetheart, Elizabeth Ann (Liz) Hayes and moved to Providence, RI for flight training. Flying was one of the greatest joys of his life. He was a 20-year career Naval pilot. He retired in 1974 as a Lieutenant Commander at the end of the Vietnam War.
After his retirement, Bernie was a pilot for Oakwood Mobile Homes for 14 years until he retired from flying. He considered himself fortunate to spend 36 years behind the controls of airplanes. Bernie was known for his love of bad puns and was an amazing story teller. He was a lover of music and an enthusiastic singer. He loved mysteries and thrillers. He often read aloud to Cindy as she drove them on countless trips. Bernie acted in community theater for several years; one of his most famous roles was Count Dracula. After the tragic accident that took Liz’s life in 1981, Bernie was
fortunate to find love again with Cindy Williams. He considered himself a blessed man for having two wonderful marriages in a single lifetime. Bernie was predeceased by his son Daniel and Cindy’s son Bobby. He is survived by seven children: Annie, Tim, Mary Ruth, Katie, Peter, Stephen, and Sarah (and their spouses), Cindy’s children: David, Michael, Donna, Donnie, and Jennifer (and their spouses), 26 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Bernie was a founding member of St. Francis of Assisi in Rocky Mount and was very active in parish life. For many years, he and Cindy managed the Spaghetti Suppers for the parish. Bernie loved the family that he and Cindy blended and spent his happiest years at Smith Mountain Lake where he did a stint as President of Cool Branch Volunteer Company. Bernie had an adventurous life that he lived with gusto. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm followed by Mass of the Resurrection at 3:00 pm at St. Francis of Assisi in Rocky Mount, VA. with Father Mark White officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Penhook United Methodist Church, or the Free Clinic of Franklin County. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.