Jeffrey Alan Galbraith
July 31, 2022
After a short, but courageous battle with ALS, Jeff slipped away peacefully with his sister Judy by his side on Sunday, July 31 2022 in his 66th year.
The beloved son of Joan Galbraith, devoted brother to Tim and his sister Judy (Don Ashman). Proud and cherished uncle to Matthew, Thomas (Marika), Emma (Adrian), and Luke and special friend to Julie Galbraith. Predeceased by his loving father Robert (2021) and brother Scott (2018) (Julia). Jeff was raised in London, Ontario where he attended AB Lucas Secondary School, quickly developing his love of basketball. He was part of an enormously successful team, all while holding the position of Student Council President. He took great enjoyment that he’d retired to a home in the neighbourhood of his beloved Vikings and his number 4 jersey is proudly kept to this day.
Jeff enjoyed a long career in radio broadcasting, sharing his voice with Toronto, Ottawa, Regina, and Winnipeg, before finishing his career with 570 News Talk Radio in Kitchener. Jeff spent countless hours volunteering in the community, creating and hosting “The Red Friday Radio Program” which honoured and raised awareness of Veterans and current members of The Canadian Armed Forces. He led annual “Live At The Legion” broadcasts on Remembrance Day and was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #350 in Waterloo and the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association. His proudest moment was being awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to The Royal Canadian Legion and their Veteran members. Jeff proudly spoke his mind, had a giant personality, and possessed a loyal heart of gold. Jeff was dedicated to his family. He adored his niece and nephews and when possible, he was always there for them. He was frequently leaving Kitchener to attend hockey rinks, lacrosse fields, or anywhere he could support them. Parents and teammates all knew him as “Uncle Jeff” and he had no difficulty making friends with even the opposing teams spectators! (Especially during Kitchener Rangers & London Knights games.) A tremendous outpouring of colleagues, listeners and dear friends from across Canada has brought tremendous comfort to his family during this very sad time. The family also wishes to thank the LHIN and the dedicated professionals helping Jeff stay in his home. A special thanks to doctors Hertzman, Faulds, and Kim for providing such dignity and compassion to both Jeff and his sister. You truly held our hands through this end of life.
A celebration of Jeffrey’s life will be held at a later date. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Jeff may consider the ALS Society of Canada.
Jeff, you are at ease. You touched our hearts and will be deeply missed. My one wish is that you are reunited with your faithful companion Babe and that she was waiting to greet you on arrival.
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As a founding and active member of FOCSIA (Families of Canadian Soldiers in Afghanistan), It was so heartwarming to have Jeff's support. He established the weekly "Red Fridays" on his talk show (570) and was always an avid supporter of our soldiers. We remember him coming out to various events such as Red Friday Rallies, Fund raising events, and even invited us to his talk show. His outgoing nature and warm heart was infectious and he offered us all his ongoing support. We will all miss him.
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