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Emmett Galvan

April 26, 1935 ~ July 18, 2022 (age 87)


NAPA - Surrounded by his beloved family, Emmett Galvin passed away peacefully on July 18 in Napa, CA.

Emmett is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Galvin-Little (Barry, deceased), son-in-law Phil, daughter-in-law Cathy, stepson Ken (Kay), his grandchildren Maeve, Sean, Timothy, Victoria, and Andrew, and step granddaughter Sierra. Emmett was pre-deceased by his beloved wife Kathleen Galvin, son Timothy Galvin, daughter Marianne O'Reilly, second wife Donna Galvin, and stepson Don. Emmett is also preceded by his parents, Timothy and Margaret, two brothers - Andrew and Daniel, and three sisters - Mary, Dolores, and Theresa.

Emmett was born in San Francisco and attended Mission HS. He joined the Navy to see the world but was stationed 30 miles away at Moffett Field. He married Kathleen after his stint in the Navy and they raised their three children at Epiphany Parish (SF) where he was a CYO coach and Boy Scout Leader for many years. He was a long time member of N.S.G.W. where he celebrated California's heritage with gusto! Emmett loved to work on cars and his garage was filled with various auto parts and all the tools needed to repair them. He would drop whatever he was doing to help a friend in need. He was an avid 49er fan and could be found watching them on Sunday afternoons.

After Kathleen passed away, Emmett was devastated and he retired from Caltrans after 34 years. A few years later, while on a cruise through the Panama Canal with the Native Sons, he met Donna, and began the second phase of his life. They were married and moved to Napa. It was at this point that he made up for not seeing the world while in the Navy. He and Donna went on numerous cruises and trips around the globe. They enjoyed retired life together. Emmett passed away only 6 weeks after Donna. He will be greatly missed.

Services will be on July 29, 2022 at 11:00 am at St. Apollinaris Church in Napa. Private burial to follow in Colma, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Emmett's memory may be made to the Native Sons of the Golden West Charitable Foundation, 414 Mason Street #300 S.F., 94102, or St. Apollinaris Catholic Church, 3700 Lassen St. Napa, 94558.

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Funeral Service
July 29, 2022

11:00 AM
Saint Apollinaris Catholic Church (Lassen Street)

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