OBIT - GALVIN, Eugene Arnold

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OBIT - GALVIN, Eugene Arnold


Eugene Arnold Galvin, 85, beloved husband and father, retired Navy veteran, and former President of Showtimers Community Theater, passed away peacefully at his home in Roanoke, Va., on Saturday, August 9, 2014, attended by several of his children.

He was married to Jean Frances Galvin, nee Osbourne, in 1952, with whom he had seven children, and who predeceased him in 1985. He was married again, to Carol Ann Galvin, in 1990, who had four adult children from a previous marriage, and who predeceased him in 2005. With his quiet presence and irrepressible dry wit, he will be missed by all the many family and friends who have known him over the years.

Known as Gene to his many friends and his beloved theater community for the last 30 years, Gene enlisted in the United States Navy and served for 21 years, retiring as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in 1969. After working for a few years in the Census Bureau, he retired from government service in 1976 and moved with his family to Roanoke, where he has lived since.

An avid antique collector and expert, he and his wife, Jean ran Circa Antiques, until she became ill. Soon thereafter, Gene began acting in local theater, initially at Mill Mountain Theater and later also at Showtimers. Always an accomplished artist and singer, he became involved in all aspects of the theater, including acting, set design and direction, and soon became a highly-regarded member of the theater community.

His commitment to the theater was shared by his wife, Carol, and the two were extremely active in supporting Showtimers, where Gene served as President several times. The new auditorium at Showtimers was named The Galvin Auditorium in their honor in recognition of their long and substantial contribution.

Gene is survived by all seven children from his first marriage, Michael (Belinda) Galvin of Winston-Salem, N. …

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