Lawrence ‘Larry’ Galvin Sr., 84

FULTON, NY – Lawrence “Larry” Galvin Sr., 84, of Oswego and formerly of Fulton, passed away Sunday May 17, at his home.

Lawrence ‘Larry’ Galvin Sr.
Lawrence ‘Larry’ Galvin Sr.

Larry was a 22-year Army veteran and was the recipient of the Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal Silver Clasp with One Loop, National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Expert Badge Rifle M14 and the Meritorious Unit Citation.

He had served two tours in Korea and Vietnam.

Larry was an active member of the Fulton Christian and Missionary Alliance Church where he served as a deacon for 12 years; on the board of ministry, taught bible studies, a leader of the prayer chain as well as visiting people in the hospital, nursing home and private residences.

Larry also hosted missionaries in his home and was involved in missionary work.

Larry was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, the former Patricia A. Clark Galvin, who passed away November 15, 2013; and a brother, Fredrick Galvin, who passed away in 2004.

Surviving are his eight children, Gail (Mark) Steele of Maryland, Larry (Nanette) Galvin Jr. of Illinois, Brent (Cathy) Galvin of Hannibal, Mike (Denice) Galvin of Minetto, Vicky (Mike) Hokanson of Fulton, Jeannie (Tim) Salisbury of Buffalo, Tricia (Jeff) Spoto of North Syracuse and Linda (Chad) Sheldon of Fulton; 20 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren, who also knew him as ‘CooCoo,’ because of his famous birdcalls.

Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

A graveside service with military honors will be conducted at noon Saturday at St. Mary’s Cemetery, South Seventh Street, Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to The Gregory J. Harris Military Courtesy Room at Hancock International Airport, 5701 E. Circle Drive #335, Cicero, New York 13039.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.


  1. Dear Mark, Gail and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father, Gail. Asking God to bring you comfort and peace.

    Lyle and Linda Tyler

  2. Wow! He sounds like an amazing man, father and grand-father! We’re are sure he blessed your life and the lives of everyone he met! He is now at home with his LORD and his lovely wife! We know where you got your smile from, Gail… bet he has a continual smile going on now! We know you will miss them both, but they are happy!!! Love you both!

  3. Mr. Galvin was a wonderful man and I am sending my condolences to all his family. I am truly sorry for yalls loss.

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