You will be missed, thank you for all the great stories of your younger years growing up with my dad. You always had nothing but praise and great things to say about him. I wonder if you knew how I loved hearing them. You are one of a very few that bring his memories back. Rest in peace. You were loved by many. — Wayne
Vincent M. Galbo, 86
Navy veteran and proud family man had long career with Merrill Lynch and NYSE
Proud U.S. Navy veteran, Vincent M. Galbo, 86, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, at Mt. Sinai West Medical Center in Manhattan.
Born in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, Mr. Galbo enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he met his wife, Dolores Jean, who was also on active duty in Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia during the Korean War. The couple moved to Pennsylvania, then Brooklyn before settling in South Beach in 1963 to raise their family. Dolores Jean recently passed away in May. They were married for 65 years.
Mr. Galbo served his beloved country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Radioman Third Class serving on the USS Fremont, an attack transport ship.
Mr. Galbo graduated from Grover Cleveland High School and received his B.A. degree in English from Brooklyn College. His long career with Merrill Lynch spanned over 38 years during which time he rose to the position of vice president of operations on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. He retired in 1993.
Mr. Galbo was an avid sports fan who enjoyed playing golf and, in his younger days, baseball with local neighborhood clubs. He belonged to a Theater Group and dazzled his family and friends with his acting and singing abilities. He was proud of his collection of antique car models from the Franklin and Danbury Mints.
Mr. Galbo and his wife served with International Executive Service Corps (IESC), a non-profit organization that recruits and assigns U.S. volunteer experts to assist businesses in developing-market countries worldwide. After his retirement, Mr. Galbo volunteered his expertise for over seven years. Together with his wife, the couple enjoyed many Mediterranean cruises and travelled to Europe, Asia, Africa and Bangladesh. The couple also enjoyed annual trips to Sarasota, Fla.
Mr. Galbo was an active and longtime parishioner of Holy Rosary Church and member of the Holy Name Society, as well as, the Arrochar Friendship Club, both in South Beach. He served as vice president of the PTA for Holy Rosary School and never missed any of his daughters’ school events or trips. He was the the Past Vice Commander of the Beauvais-Hudson American Legion Post 126 on the South Shore.
“Dad was a confident, out-going gentleman,” said his daughters. ” He was the life of any party and truly loved his family. He was ‘king’ of his neighborhood and regularly held ‘court’ in his front yard with the neighbors, discussing everything from sports to politics.”
Mr. Galbo was the beloved husband of the late Dolores Jean (nee Briggs) and loving father of Roslyn Mangone and her husband, Craig, Valerie Paquette and her husband, Pierre, Michele Galbo and Daria Matza and her husband, Rich. He was also the cherished grandfather of Kylie, Megan, Ryan, and Madison and is also survived by his dear sister, Margaret Oddo and cousin, Anthony Maniscalchi and his wife, Carol, whom he was especially close with. Together they enjoyed vacationing, shopping and going to the Senior Center.
A. Azzara Funeral Home, 183 Sand Lane, Staten Island, N.Y. 10305 has been entrusted with Mr. Vincent M. Galbo’s funeral arrangements which include visiting on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at Holy Rosary Church on Monday at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations, in loving memory of Mr. Galbo, to the Sarcoma Foundation of America (curesarcoma.org) (301) 253-8687 would be greatly appreciated.