Edward Maurice Galpin

Galpin, Edward Maurice

1919 – 2008

“There’s two dates in time that they’ll carve on your stone,

and everyone knows what they mean.

What’s more important is the time that is known,

as that little dash there in between”

Garth Brooks


Edward Galpin entered this world in Nightingale, Alberta on April 26, 1919. Son to Jim and Bessie May Galpin. Brother to Jack, Elsie, Nellie, and Hilda. In 1929, the family moved to their farm near Entwistle, AB, where Ed continued to live and farm for the next 46 years. In 1949, he married Jean who remained his lifelong love, and partner. Together, they raised four children, Jim, Beth, Ed, and Steve. In 1976, Ed and Jean sold their farm and settled in Duncan, BC, along with their youngest children, Ed and Steve. Throughout his lifetime, Ed was always very active in his community and a friend to many. He could always be counted on, and was a man of his word. Honesty, Integrity, and Responsibility were high on his list of principals, and he lived his life by them. One of Ed’s proudest moments was when, in 1969, he was awarded the “Alberta Farm Family Award” by the Edmonton Exhibition Association. He was a longtime member, and very active, in the Elks Lodge in Entwistle. He was an active member on the local Marketing Board for the Entwistle and area farmers. When he moved to BC, he, along with Jean, became involved in the Duncan Square Dance Club, as well as golfing. They quickly established many strong and lasting friendships in the Duncan area. Ed had a tremendous sense of humor, and thoroughly enjoyed finding humor in situations around him. His big voice and hearty laugh filled a room, and embraced those who were present. While he may be physically gone from this world, he will always remain in the hearts and memories of those who had the good fortune of knowing him…….especially to those who knew him as husband, dad, brother, granddad, and uncle. A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 187 Trunk Road, Duncan, BC on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. followed by a reception in Sands Arbor Reception Centre. Flowers gratefully declined, donations in memory of Ed may be made to a charity of ones’ choice. Online condolences may be offered at www.sandsfuneral.com