Robert Edward Galkowski, 87, of Portsmouth, R.I., died Monday, November 12, 2012 at the Newport Hospital. He was the husband of Darlene (Kueny) Galkowski.
Born in Springwells, Michigan on December 29, 1924. He was a son of the late Stephen Galkowski of Poland and Bernice (Gawrych) of Michigan. Polish was his first language.
Robert attended school in Detroit, Michigan, like others during the depression he dropped out of school to help support his family. Robert got his GED in the service and went on to attend college in Ann Arbor, Michigan and at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.
Robert was a 20 year United States Navy Veteran, retiring as a FTGC, and retired from Raytheon Company. He was a combat veteran of WWII, Korean War, and Suez Canal Crisis. In his younger years he loved to play ball, fly fish, summer at the lake, dance, and listen to music. He enjoyed doing cross word puzzles throughout his life, had a great sense of humour, was a devout Catholic and loved his family.
Robert is survived by his wife Darlene Galkowski of 59 yrs. He was predeceased by his daughter Mary Ann Galkowski, grandson Vincent Paul Galkowski. his brother Edward Shoenrath, and sister Irene Studnick. He is also survived by his children Rita Kelly of Groton, CT, Larry Galkowski of Rockland, ME and his wife Joanna, Robert S. Galkowski of Colorado and his wife Kris, Gerald Galkowski of Newport, Teresa Warburg of Westerly, Ann Galkowski of Middletown, Peter Galkowski of Middletown and his wife Sheila Randall, 21 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. His sister Florence Foldvary of Michigan and her son Kevin also survives him.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at St. Augustin’s Church, Carroll Avenue at 9am. Burial at St. Columba Cemetery in Middletown, RI.
Visiting hours will be held in the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St., Newport on Friday from 4-7pm.
Donations may be made in Robert’s memory to Woman to Women, 164 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840.