Robert G. Galbraith
Van Matre Funeral Home - Waterford
105 Walnut Street
Waterford, PA
Robert G. Galbraith passed from this life on November 9, 2019, at his residence, at the age of 79 years. He was born in Cleveland Ohio, the son of the late Alexander and Mathilda (Kimmel) Galbraith, on November 20, 1939.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, and moving to the Waterford area in his youth, he attended both the Waterford Academy and Fort Leboeuf High School. He was employed his entire working career at Euclid Window Cleaning Company in Erie, Pa., retiring as the general manager.

Robert enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a longtime member of Knights of Pythias, serving as the Erie lodge secretary for many years. He was also a long-time member of the Sons of the American Legion, Post 285 in Waterford, Pa.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Marion L. (Fries) Galbraith; and one brother, Gerald.

He is survived by his brothers, Alexander (Giselle), Howard (MaryAnn), and Richard; and a sister, Myrtie Cougar. He is also survived by his sons, Robert, Jr. and Richard (Renae); as well as five grandchildren, Robert III, Holly, Hamilton, Joseph and Gabrielle; and several great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut Street, Waterford, on Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., and are invited to stay for the service, which will follow at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be at Waterford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice. Condolences may go to

Sign the Guestbook at

Published by Erie Times-News from Nov. 12 to Nov. 13, 2019.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
Calling hours
4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Van Matre Funeral Home - Waterford
105 Walnut Street PO Box 265, Waterford, PA
Van Matre Funeral Home - Waterford
105 Walnut Street PO Box 265, Waterford, PA
Funeral services provided by:
Van Matre Funeral Home - Waterford
Please consider a donation as requested by the family.
Sponsored by Van Matre Funeral Home - Waterford.
Add a Message

Not sure what to say?

6 Entries
He was a wonderful friend to Tom and I. Miss his talks in my kitchen. The kids loved Butch. Miss him dearly. Tom and Janet Modeski.
Janet Modeski
November 6, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Your in my thoughts & prayers.
Edith prather
November 16, 2019
Sorry for your loss boys in my thoughts and prayers.
Tammy Rindfuss
November 13, 2019
My condolences to the family. Butch was a great guy. My family shared many great cups of coffee with him and he shared many great stories with us. He will be missed.
Rachelle Modeski
November 13, 2019
Our condolences to the family of Butch. He was such a good friend to us when we were in Pa. Prayers being sent. Tom and Janet Modeski and family.
Janet Modeski
November 13, 2019
November 12, 2019
Showing 1 - 6 of 6 results