Services will be Tuesday for David Alan Galicia of Sharpsville who passed away peacefully at 12:07 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, in his residence with his family by his side. Although he had Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), he never allowed it to beat him. He was 66.
Mr. Galicia was born Oct. 23, 1947 in Sharon, a son of Louis F. and Zelphie “Zee” Ferrari Galicia.
He was a 1965 graduate of Farrell High School and attended Youngstown State University and the former University of New York at Buffalo. David began his career in the banking and retail industries and was later employed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for 32 years. He was a manager for 28 years with the PLCB and retired in 2005 from its Hermitage location. Following his retirement, he worked at Gordy’s Truck and Auto in Hermitage with his brother and nephew.
David was a member of the former Our Lady of Fatima Church, Farrell. He served with the Army Reserves from 1968 to 1974 and was a member of the American Legion, Post 160, Farrell. He was also a member of the Italian Home in Farrell.
David enjoyed reading, bocce, golf and walking in Buhl Park. Before digital cameras became the norm, he was an avid photographer with his own dark room and won many awards for his photographs.
A fan of the University of Michigan, he traveled to the “Big House” in Ann Arbor, Mich., on many occasions to attend Wolverines football games. His last visit was a memorable game on Sept. 14, 2013, when he went with family members which included his two grandsons.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Terri M. Zelch, whom he married Oct. 16, 1971; a daughter, Billie M. Moyer and her husband Matt, Clark; a son, Joshua David Galicia and his wife Andra, Cary, Ill.; and two grandsons, Owen Galicia and David Alan Moyer. He also leaves two brothers, Gordon “Gordy” Galicia and his wife Suzanne, Hermitage; and Louis Galicia, Florida; and a nephew, Caanan Galicia and his wife April, Sharon.
David was preceded in death by his parents.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to ALS Association, Development Department, 1275 K St., NW, Suite 250, Washington, D.C. 20005; Buhl Park, 715 Hazen Road, Hermitage, PA 16148; or Gentiva Hospice, 3124 Wilmington Road, Suite 108, New Castle, PA 16105-1100.
David Alan, 66, of Sharpsville.
Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday (4-7-14) in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may email condolences by visiting www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Service: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (4-8-14) with Rev. Jeffrey Noble, pastor of the Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage, officiating.
Interment: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.