Published in the October 6, 2016 edition.
U.S. Navy veteran of World War II
NORTH READING — James L. Galvin, 88, formerly of Danvers, died Tuesday evening, Sept. 27, 2016 at the Meadow View Center in North Reading. He was the loving husband of Mary A. (Martin) Galvin, who predeceased him in 1999.
Born in Lynn on Sept. 9, 1928, he was the son of the late David and Margaret (Hines) Galvin. He was raised and educated in Lynn and was a graduate of Saint Mary’s High School. A veteran of the U.S. Navy in WWII, he served honorably in the 104th Seabees Battalion in the Marshall Islands from 1946-1948.
For many years, Jim was employed at the West Lynn Post Office. He also was a security officer at Lynn Hospital and was a lieutenant on the Danvers Auxiliary Police Department.
A longtime Danvers resident, he was a member of the Danvers VFW and was a founding parishioner of Saint Richard Church, where he sang in the choir, was a lector, Eucharistic minister and youth minister.
He leaves five children, David Galvin and his wife Carol of Topsfield, Judy Kochilaris and her husband Steven of Florida, Elizabeth Boucher and her husband Ronald of Raymond, N.H., Patricia Purdy of Hamilton, N.Y. and Barry Galvin and his wife Laurianne of North Reading, 13 grandchildren, one great-grandson and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Mary Donovan, Rita Spence, Gerry Pearson and Richard, John and Joseph Galvin.
His funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 1, in Saint Richard Church, 90 Forest St., Danvers. Burial followed in Annunciation Cemetery. Arrangement were in the care of C.R. Lyons & Sons Funeral Directors, 28 Elm St., Danvers Square. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Smile Train, PO Box 96231, Washington DC 20090.