Taylor James Galvin

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Taylor James Galvin
(December 22, 1983 - August 20, 2018)

"If I died at work, I want you to know that I died doing what I believe in and what I believe is right."

People call Taylor an American Hero for ultimately sacrificing his life for his country. This is true; however more importantly, Taylor was an Every Day Hero.
Taylor changed people's tires. He shook hands with the homeless and sat by their side offering friendship and much needed supplies (such as sleeping bags). When Taylor was a teenager, he volunteered with Wishing Star raising money to fulfill the last wishes of terminally ill children. When we were dating, Taylor's "dates" involved throwing birthday parties for homeless children at the shelter where he would blow up balloons and play board games with the kids. Taylor has helped countless turtles cross the road and picked up stray dogs. He rescued baby birds that fell from their nest and always tried to return them no matter how tall the tree. When we were out, Taylor walked around with half dollars in his pocket just so he could see the joy of "magically" pulling them out of kids' ears (and some adults'). Taylor cared about the environment, making a great effort to recycle, be energy efficient, and picking up garbage when we went for romantic walks on the beach. Taylor selflessly joined the Army, flying Medevac (Boomer Dustoff) for 6 years because he loved to help people in their greatest time of need. He would give a huge tip to the needy waitress and every Christmas he was home, he handed out Christmas cards full of money to the families of young children he'd pass. Taylor anonymously paid for people's meals at restaurants, especially if it was a veteran sitting alone. He took his children to volunteer at the nursing home and to feed the homeless on Christmas Eve. Taylor was the MOST amazing father and was a foster daddy for over six years. He loved ALL of his children with ALL his heart (and don't you kids EVER forget that)!
One day, I opened the mail and was surprised to see a thank you card to Taylor thanking him for a child's surgery he had paid for. Confused, I asked him about it and he said, "I didn't think you would mind. We had the money." He threw the card away like it was nothing. This would have been no surprise to the people that knew Taylor best.
Taylor never wanted to belittle his endeavor to help people with recognition or self-glory. No person or creature was too small or insignificant for Taylor's compassion. Taylor practiced patience, and never once in our 12-year marriage ever raised his hand or voice in anger. He was a firm believer in optimism and never spoke ill of anyone.
Taylor ALWAYS let his conscience lead him and never let pride or difficulty of task get in his way.
Taylor was not a Special Operations Aviator because he loved what he did. Taylor did it because he truly believed it was the right thing to do and because it would have significant impact on bettering our world regardless of what sacrifices needed to be made. In Taylor's final letter he wrote, "If I died at work, I want you to know that I died doing what I believe in and what I believe is right."
With a heavy heart, this is shared with you now to be an inspiration to how we should ALL live our lives. All of Taylor's accomplishments would be impossible to list and could never be summed up with any award. Also with such anonymity, we will never truly know the extent and significance of Taylor's accomplishments, sacrifices, or impact. Taylor often said that we just needed to "start the ripple" and kindness would spread.
In remembrance of Taylor, I humbly request that we ALL strive to be an Every Day Hero, that we help our neighbors no matter how difficult the pursuit or how "insignificant" the being. Not for self-glory, but because it is the right thing to do. Let Taylor's legacy live on by performing kind acts to those in need.
Please visit Taylor's memorial page at www.williamsthomasfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Cedar Key Beacon on Sept. 13, 2018
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