Galarneau, Roland "Ron" WATERFORD Roland (Ron) Galarneau, entered eternal rest on Sunday, March 31, 2013 at the age of 94 after a brief illness. He was born in Waterford and lived there all his life and was educated in the Waterford Schools. He was the son of the late Rose Alma Nolin and Philias Galarneau. Ron worked as an electrician for 34 years for Smith Electric and several other contractors before retiring in 1981. He was a member of the Local 236 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and served as its treasurer for over 15 years. Ron served in World War II as a corporal in the infantry division of the Army. He served in Merrill's Marauders, where he walked over 500 miles to capture targets in India, Burma and China. He was a communicant of the former St. Ann's Church in Waterford, where he was a member of the Holy Names Society, before joining St. Michael's Church in Cohoes. He enjoyed watching the Duke's Basketball Team and the Yankees. He enjoyed daily walks around the pond near his home and in earlier years he played golf and bowled and enjoyed traveling. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Antoinette (Toni) Pater Galarneau of Waterford; and his loving children, Gary (Cathy) Galarneau of Ballston Spa, and Christine (Joe) Burke from Clifton Park and Naples, Fla. He was cherished by his grandchildren, Amanda Townsley of Houston, Texas, Jeffrey Galarneau of Troy, Elissa Fanion of Clifton Park and Michael Galarneau of Rome; and his darling, great-grandchildren, Lorelai and Evelyn Fanion, Caroline Hellman and Devon and Aaron Pike. He is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Leo, Edgar, Leaonel and Albert Galarneau of Waterford, George Galarneau from Cohoes and Philip from North Troy; and his sisters, Loretta and Anita Galarneau and Irene Snay of Waterford and Jeannette Pisonault of Charlotte, Fla. Funeral from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ltd., 105 Vliet Blvd, Cohoes, Wednesday morning at 11. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday morning at 11:30 at St. Michael's Church, Cohoes. Interment will immediately follow at St. Michael's Cemetery in Waterford. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to St. Michael's Church, Special Projects, 20 Page Ave., Cohoes, NY 12047 or to the
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Published in Albany Times Union from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2013