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John "Jack" E. Galvin

December 27, 1929 November 19, 2018
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John E. (Jack) Galvin, a resident of Versailles, Kentucky since 2012 and Nicholasville, Kentucky since 1984 passed away November 19 at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington at the age of 88. Mr. Galvin was born in Cleveland Ohio December 27, 1929 to parents Thomas Joseph and Ruth M. Grondie Galvin, the second of two sons after brother Thomas Robert (1928-2007). His father was remarried to Anna M. Golobic O’Heren (1916-1993) in 1961 after the passing of his mother in 1960, gaining stepsister Anne O’Heren Jakob, stepbrothers Richard Anthony O’Heren (1934-2014) and Daniel Paul O’Heren (1951-2012) upon the passing of their father, Richard O’Heren, also in 1960.

After graduating from Lakewood High School in 1948, Jack attended Bowling Green State University where he served as President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business in 1952. While at Bowling Green State University, Jack met his future wife, Ann Ehinger, of Palmyra, Michigan. They were married September 6, 1952. Jack had a successful career in sales and marketing as Representative and District Manager with various companies including The Glidden Paint Co., Owens Corning, and automotive component manufacturers. His career path involved work and home relocations in Cleveland, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, Indianapolis Indiana, the Philadelphia area (southern New Jersey), Charleston West Virginia, and central Kentucky where he retired and has lived for the past 34 years. Jack was active at Beaumont Presbyterian Church in Lexington for several years, and most recently at Versailles Presbyterian Church. Jack was a versatile athlete, a particularly avid golfer, a gifted artist and musician. His love of the game of golf was instilled from before the age of ten when he began caddying at a Cleveland golf course, often “carrying doubles for fifty cents” per golfer. His family especially recalls his piano mastery of tunes ranging from elegant forms of “Chopsticks” to Edvard Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op 16.”

Family members cherish numerous paintings, sculpture and art work by Jack over many years, now treasured by a next generation. He held basketball scoring records in high school, excelled as a multi-sport athlete in basketball, football and baseball. Jack continued to remain active with Lakewood High School’s Class of 1948 officers every year until very recently, having served as class President. While remaining a lifelong Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers and Browns fan, he also quickly became a strong supporter of the University of Kentucky’s basketball programs over his 34 years in central Kentucky.

His children recall his most treasured memories included being those shared with his family. As a loving husband and father, a great friend to numerous people in many cities in which he raised his family, he was always a respected, valued and contributing member. Jack had a wonderful smile and sense of humor that is fondly remembered by his family, balanced by his constant steady support, dignity and guidance over the years. He made numerous friends by way of the sport of golf, always looking forward to playing regularly in retirement years with friends in the Lexington area and other locations. He loved traveling with the love of his life, Ann, and family to locations across the United States and sharing wonderful travel memories of trips to Europe and China after both Jack and Ann retired. He held an unwavering respect, support and quiet sense of awe for his wife, a lifelong educator and librarian whose personal efforts and commitment to his care in recent years allowed Jack’s family to share that sense of her with him and to extend the privilege of his presence to almost 89 years.

He is survived by his wife Ann of more than 66 years, as well as stepsister Anne O’Heren Jakob (Bob) of Metairie, LA; niece Kelly Galvin Reedy (Jim) of Franklin, TN; four children: Patrick (Lisa), of Lexington, Michael (Becky), of West Chester, OH, Joseph (Lisa), of Columbus, OH, and Amy Galvin Hampton (Granville) of Christiansburg, VA; six grandchildren: Charles Galvin (Natalie), Jennifer Hampton Bowman (Brad), Carolyn Hampton, Hope Cruz Noe (Warren), John Michael Cruz, and John Galvin; and great-granddaughter, Lydia Galvin.

A memorial service at Versailles Presbyterian Church will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, November 25, 2018, followed immediately by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jack’s memory can be made to Versailles Presbyterian Church, 130 N Main St. Versailles, KY 40383.

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2:00 PM 11/25/2018 2:00:00 PM
Versailles Presbyterian Church

130 N. Main Street
Versailles, KY 40383

Versailles Presbyterian Church
130 N. Main Street Versailles 40383 KY

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130 N. Main Street
Versailles, KY 40383

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