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“To all the Galvins: I was very sorry to hear of Barb's passing. She was a great gal. We had lots of good times together some years ago full of...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Janet Surette-Mills - Bath, NH

“I will pray for her everday ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Dorothy Riley - Bryn Mawr, PA

“To our summer friends at Bonney Eagle, Barbara always shared a smile or waved as she passed by. She will be missed in our little community on the...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Joe LeBlond - Biddeford, ME

“Sorry for your loss. Remember our teen years swimming in your pool. Always smiling. God Bless.Diane Carolan (Somerby) ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Diane Carolan - Saugus, MA

“Linda, Paul, and Cathy,We were so sad to hear of Untie Barbra's passing. She was always so gracious when we got together, listening to my goofy...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Peter Cerretani - Salem, NH

“Sending our deepest sympathy during this difficult time. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Ann & Claude Dwan - Lynn, MA

“My best knitting friend, Barbara Galvin, died yesterday after suffering a massive stroke while in Maine. She was transferred to hospice and died...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Laura Bates

“She was one special lady. She always had a welcoming smile and her door was always open to one and all. Being friends with Paul, I spent many a day...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Jeff Fioravanti - Lynn, MA

“Here at Bonny Eagle and just heard the sad news. The lake will not be the same without Barbara. So many fond memories at the lake with our families....Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Lyman (Lemmy) Garniss - MA

“I remember all the times Barbara would visit and talk to my mother Katherine Pescatore. Barbara always had a smile on her face.My sympathyRoy...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Roy Pescatore - Saugus, MA

“We are so very sorry for your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May the memories of all the good...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Teresa Goodnough - Unity, NH

“So sorry, Lynda. I have many fond memories of your mother and her ever-present smile. My sincere condolences to you, Paul, and Kathy. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Carla Moschella - Saugus, MA

“Your mom was a great friend and we shared many stories about the military and knitting. I will miss her calls but cherish the years I knew her and...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Margaret Hoyle - Bristol, NH


Barbara A. (Driscoll) Galvin, of Saugus, formerly of Melrose, died peacefully surrounded by family on July 15, 2017 at the age of 84. Barbara was born in Chelsea, MA on November 27, 1932 to William & Agnes (Lynn) Driscoll. She was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School. Barbara went on to obtain a nursing degree from Chelsea Memorial Nursing School after high school. After becoming a registered nurse, Barbara went to work at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. She became a devoted wife and mother and enjoyed spending her spare time sewing & knitting, as well as passing the knowledge to her family and friends. She was also very supportive of members of the armed services. Following the September 11th attacks, Barbara and a few of her friends felt the need to do something for the troops, so she helped start a knitting group at the Saugus Senior Center. Barbara was a driving force and worked tirelessly for this project for over 15 years. She helped grow the initial group of three women, to over thirty volunteers who call themselves the "Knitizens." The members have made over 30,000 knitted, crocheted and sewn goods, such as, hats, socks and blankets for the men and women serving our country and for VA hospitals. The group was featured on a Fox News segment, "Real People, Real Stories." Barbara was fond of saying that her knitted gifts were "a hug from home." She was also a passionate Patriots fan, never missing a game. Family always came first for Barbara, she loved them beyond words. Her happiest times were up at the family cottage on Bonny Eagle Lake in Maine. She spent seventy years going there and was able to travel there one last time this summer. Barbara will be missed by all who had the privilege to know her. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul J. Galvin Sr. Loving mother of Lynda A. Galvin of Saugus, Paul J. Galvin Jr. & his wife Karen of Methuen, and Catherine M. Wilson & her husband Daniel of Tewksbury. Cherished grandmother of Colleen, Kerry, Kristen, Courtney, and Daniel. Proud great-grandmother of Lincoln. Predeceased by her brother Richard J. Driscoll. Visiting Hours will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose. Funeral Procession from the Gately Funeral Home on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 9 AM, followed by a 10 AM Funeral Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Of Southern Maine, Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Rd, Scarborough, Me 04074 or Local Heroes, 26 Allen Park Drive, Wilmington, MA 01887 (c/o Louis Cimaglia)