Robert D. Galey, 94, formerly of Derrick Road, passed away Friday (Aug. 28, 2015) at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.
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Born May 11, 1921, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Claire and Viola Walters Galey. In 1941, he married Jean Kerr Galey, who preceded him in death in 1970 after 29 years of marriage. In 1971, he married Audrey M. McBride Galey, who preceded him in death in 2000 after 29 years of marriage. In 2002, he married Mary T. Healey Galey, who survives.
He was a 1938 graduate of Bradford High School. Bob served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the South Pacific from 1942 until he was honorably discharged in 1945. After his military service, he returned to Bradford and worked at Bradford National Bank for a brief time.
Mr. Galey went to work at Zippo Manufacturing Co. in 1945, starting in the mailroom. He worked in many capacities throughout his career with Zippo and was appointed president and chief executive officer in 1978, the position from which he retired in 1986. After his retirement from Zippo, he continued to serve on the board of directors.
Bob was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of Masonic Lodge 334 F&AM, the Coudersport Consistory, McKean County Shrine Club, Royal Order of Jesters and the Naples and Marco Island Shrine Club.
He was a member of The Bradford Club, a member and past president of the Pennhills Club, a member of the Bradford Moose Club, American Legion Post #108 and the Italian Club. He wintered in Naples, Fla., for more than 25 years and was a member of the Quail Village Golf Club in Naples.
Mr. Galey served on the advisory board for Penn Bank, was president and campaign chairman of the United Way, and a member of the board of directors for the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce. He was a member and chairman of the Bradford Flood Control Authority for more than 30 years. He also served on the advisory board for the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, where he received the Presidential Medal of Distinction and was awarded an emeritus degree.
He also helped form the WLLD Little League Baseball League.
In addition to his wife of 13 years, he is survived by two sons, David K. (Dr. Stephanie) Galey of Saegertown and William K. (Diane) Galey of Bradford; three grandsons, Steven (Jennifer) Galey, Robert Galey and Brian Galey; and two great-grandchildren, Skye and August Galey. Audrey's daughter, Susan (Tom) Ruby, of Dunwoody, Ga., and Mary's five children, Joseph Marasco, Stephen Marasco, Robert Marasco, John Marasco and Kathleen Obermeyer; and three nieces.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Galey; and one nephew.
Family will be receiving friends from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 East Main St., Bradford, where funeral and committal services will be held at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Catherine Randall, co-pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to The Robert D. Galey Merit Scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; or a
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com.
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
372 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from Aug. 29 to Sept. 5, 2015