Albert Earle Galvin



Albert Earle Galvin of Central Point, Ore., passed away from complications due to pneumonia on Jan. 23, 2009 in Medford, Ore. He was 88 years old. Al is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Constance Galvin (nee Campagna), of Central Point, Ore.; daughter, Kathleen West, of San Jose, Calif.; son, John Galvin, of San Jose, Calif.; five grandchildren, Christopher (Catherine) West and Timothy West, of San Jose, Calif., Kenneth Galvin and Christina (William) Kelley, of Denver, Colo., and Jennifer (Staff Sergeant Ryan) Watson, of Elmendorf AFB, Alaska; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.



Born in Boston, Mass., on Oct. 15,1920, Al enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1941. He was a radio operator and Ball turret gunner on the B-24 Liberator aircraft assigned to the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group, the oldest and most decorated bombardment group of WWII. Al completed his enlistment as a Technical Sergeant (TSgt) with 50 combat missions over Africa and Europe in spite of being wounded twice. He was a highly decorated veteran and proud owner of the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal, Presidential Citation, and Certificate of Valor.

After separating from active duty in 1944, Al married Connie and moved his family to California in 1953 where he resided for 35 years in San Jose and Santa Cruz. He worked as a purchasing agent and purchasing manager for Librascope, Link, and Varian Associates and retired to Central Point in 1988 where he enjoyed over 20 years of life in the Rogue Valley.



Al was passionate about God, country, and family. He enjoyed volunteering his time at Shepherd of the Valley Church, at the Gleaners of Central Point, and at the annual Medford Jazz Jubilee. He was a member of the 376th HBGP Veterans Association, the Grey Bears of Santa Cruz, and was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. Al loved to travel, dance, enjoyed music, and art. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.



A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 at Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church in Central Point, with Fr. Jim Clifford celebrating the mass. A reception will be held after mass at the church hall. Internment will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Eagle Point National Cemetery in White City. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Oregon Chapter or St. Vincent De Paul, Medford.