Robert R. Galpin
GALPIN In loving memory of Robert Ronald Galpin, formerly of Grand Bend, Ontario, who passed away quietly in Sudbury, Ontario on January 30, 2007, in his 81st year, after a brief illness. Loving son of the late Hubert and Ida (nee Tennent) Galpin, brother of Edward Tennent Galpin (predeceased). Bob was a devoted husband and loving father, who with his wife Helenjeane (nee Fotheringham), raised 3 successful children. Bob is survived by his wife Helenjeane, children Bob Jr. (wife Irene) of Orchard Park, NY, B. Jeane Galpin Falcioni (husband Robert) of Sudbury, and Penny Anne Galpin (husband Jim Breadon) of Vancouver, BC, and 9 special grandchildren: Michael Robert Galpin of Syracuse, NY, Matthew Christopher Galpin of Orchard Park, NY, Aaron Robert Falcioni of Sudbury, Kristen Marie Falcioni of Peterborough, Bryan Michael, Christopher James, and Darren Taylor Falcioni, all of Sudbury,Ontario, and Carla Beth and Hannah Jeane Breadon of Vancouver, BC. Bob was born in London, Ontario. His family moved to Sarnia in 1929, where he lived until he enrolled in Engineering Physics at the University of Toronto in 1945. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Infantry, until WWII ended, returning to complete his Bachelor of Applied Science, and was admitted to the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario. He joined the 7th Medium Regiment RCA (Reserve), commissioned to Lieutenant 1950-57. He spent 18 years in manufacturing at General Motors Diesel in London Ontario, before moving to Ottawa, where he was promoted to the Director of Operations for Vehicle Safety and Energy, in the Department of Transport, until his retirement in 1986. He was actively involved with his family, and took great pride in the accomplishments of all of his children and grandchildren. Bob was a founding director and first President of the Stoneybrook Sports Association, and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Anglican Church, Junior Achievement, and Southcott Pines committees. He was an accomplished sailor of his National Class sailboat. He also took special pride in the many trees he carefully planted around his home, and was always willing to share his planting techniques, occasionally taking a break to enjoy a round of golf. Bob will be missed dearly by his loving family. The family would welcome friends and relatives from 7:00-9:00 pm Tuesday, February 6, 2007 and 10:00-11:00 am Wednesday, February 7, at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, London, where a Memorial Service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday. A reception will follow. Donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation would be gratefully accepted through the Harris Funeral Home, and the Lougheed Funeral Home, Sudbury, Ontario. Interment in Sarnia, Ontario.
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