John R. Galvin of Williamsville, a World War II veteran who operated a tavern on Bailey Avenue, died Sunday in Sisters Hospital. He was 83.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1942 graduate of Kensington High School, where he was voted All-High for football. He attended Canisius College until 1943, when he joined the Army, serving in the 10th Armored Division in Germany and France.
Mr. Galvin worked at Ford Motor Co.'s Buffalo Stamping Plant in Hamburg as an accountant from 1950 to 1965, when he opened Galvin's Grill on Bailey Avenue. He later worked in sales for Adelphia Cable, retiring in 1997.
He was a member of Council 184, Knights of Columbus; the American Legion and AMVETS and was director of the Bishop Turner Baseball League in Delaware Park.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Marion Gordon; five daughters, Patricia Morales, Maureen Chew, Karen Giancarlo, Kathleen Owens and Deborah Khoury; and three sons, Timothy, Kevin and John Jr.
Prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Dietrich Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave., Snyder, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.