NORTHFIELD - John "Jack" D. Galbraith, 76, of Mount Hermon Station Road, died Wednesday (5-1-13) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.
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He was born in Greenfield on Nov. 6, 1936, the son of Emerson and Dorothy (Davis) Galbraith. As a young child, Jack helped herd cows on his parents' dairy farm in Conway. The family relocated to Weymouth, where Jack and his two brothers spent most of their school years with the exception of a year in Gill on a family farm.
Jack graduated from Weymouth High School in 1954, where he excelled as a linebacker on the football team. After a year at UMass/Amherst, he joined the U.S. Air Force.
Jack met his first wife, Joan, while he was stationed in Albuquerque, NM. They shared 32 wonderful years and five children together, living in Mass., Colo., and New Mexico. Joan passed away in 1989.
He earned a degree in electric engineering from Northeastern University and worked in the field until his retirement from Los Alamos National Laboratories in 1993.
Jack bought, and completely renovated, and managed a KOA campground with his daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Dave, until 1997. Relocating to Llano, TX, he summered in Northfield with his two brothers. There he met his wife Jean in 2002, through his best friend from high school, John Burgess. John's wife, Ghislaine, was the matchmaker who worked with Jean and son Dan at Amherst's Fort River Elementary School.
His hobbies included golf, softball, bowling, traveling and visiting with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and cheering on the Patriots and Red Sox.
Jack was an active parishioner for the past 10 years at Saint Patrick's Church in Northfield.
He is survived by his wife Jean and her son, Daniel Horvath, and three sons: John of Winchester, NH, Mark of Chandler, AZ, and Roy of Amherst, and two daughters: Cindy Crane and her husband Keith of Manteca, CA, and Mary Bell and her husband David of Edgewood, NM. He is also survived by a brother: Dean of Winchester, NH, and grandchildren, Rachel Brown, Kyle Crane, Angelica Carr and Daniel, Robbie, Nicole and Michelle Bell, and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Thursday (5-9-13) from the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Church, Main Street, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Thomas Lisowski, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Wednesday (5-8-13) from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Donations in his memory may be made to CFCA (Christian Foundation for Children and Aging), 1 Elmwood Ave., Kansas City, KS 66103
To send condolences or for directions, please visit: www.kidderfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Recorder on May 3, 2013
Kidder Funeral Home
1 Parker Avenue Northfield, MA 01360