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David Robert George Galbraith
Celebration of Life

MacCoubrey Funeral Home
30 King St. E., Cobourg

Friday, May 19th at 1 p.m.


Cobourg Union Cemetery
Elgin Street West, Cobourg


MacCoubrey Funeral Home Reception Centre
30 King Street East, Cobourg

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David Robert George Galbraith

May 23, 1935 - December 4, 2022

Peacefully, at the Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg on Sunday, December 4th, 2022 at 87 years of age. Beloved husband of the late Hazel Isabel “Peggy” Galbraith (nee Spence). Dear brother of Alison Scanlan (Michael). Dear uncle of Avril McCarthy (Peter). Dear father of David Galbraith (Jan), Mark Galbraith (Patti), Paul Galbraith, Karen Groh (Craig), Todd Galbraith (Jennifer), Peter Galbraith and Duane Galbraith. Loving step-father of Owen Harris (Bonnie), the late David Harris (Christine), Donna Harris-Morrison (the late Rod Morrison), the late Timothy Harris and Deborah Jackson (Thomas). “G.G.” is lovingly remembered by many grandchildren and great grandchildren. David joined the Armed Forces (Navy) at 17 years of age, served for 27 years and was a Korean War Veteran. After working for Irving Oil on the tanker ships, he returned to Cobourg and began his second career as a Maintenance electrician at Weetabix and later Belden until his retirement. David was Sgt. at Arms in charge of the colour party at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 133, as well as First Vice, Poppy Fund Chairman and Parade Commander. David volunteered his time at the SPCA Donkey Sanctuary as he loved animals. Cremation with a Celebration of Life to be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King St. E. in Cobourg on Friday, May 19th at 1 pm. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 133 will gather at the funeral home on Friday May 19th at 12:45 pm for a walkthrough immediately prior to the service. Interment to follow at Cobourg Union Cemetery with a reception being held at the MacCoubrey Funeral Home Reception Centre. Those wishing may make a memorial donation to the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 133 Poppy Fund.

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Tom Kernaghan - May 19, 2023

Though I can't be at the service today, I will always remember my Uncle David. I will remember his decency, his character, and how he put me up for days years ago when I was a university student on a work assignment in Cobourg. I will remember the times he helped me put a weight on a fishing line at the cottage. I will remember his repeated stories. I will remember that people thought he looked like Kenny Rogers when he had a beard back in the 1980s. And I thought of him two days ago when I stood in the ocean in Port Moody, BC, thinking about his service to Canada and the vast water to which he will return. RIP, Uncle David. Sail on forever. Love, Gib.

Judy McBride-Keller - December 15, 2022

Sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I worked with Dave at Belden. My condolences to the family

Bob and Pat Barker - December 9, 2022

Sorry to hear about David’s passing. I have many fond memories of being at school together. Our condolences to the entire family.

Great guy. Will miss all his interesting stories. - December 9, 2022

Great guy. Will miss all his interesting stories.

Brenda Manley - December 8, 2022

Dave was a great guy and he came down to visit Mom soon after he came to live at the Golden Plough. I remember him with the colour guard each Remembrance Day at the Plough. Brenda and Neil Manley

Nancy Abraham - December 8, 2022

David was a distant cousin of ours. I believe in the day it was called “kissing cousins”. Didn’t really get to know him until his return to Cobourg. May he Rest In Peace.

Maurice Scott - December 7, 2022

David was such caring and kind individual whose guidance and caring helped me establish Cooey Day in Cobourg. He cared about everybody and was always willing to give his time and energy to many causes. Thank you David I will miss our great conversations and your generosity will be missed by many of us whose lives you touched. RIP David

Edgar and Cheryl Spence - December 7, 2022

Our heartfelt condolences to the family.

Maggie and graham - December 7, 2022

Will most certainly miss Dave. Not just here at the village but up Hwy 45 when Peggy was still with us for a wonderful afternoon also for a wee shot before going up to reservation at Alderville for their Remembrance Day service. RIP Dave

Bill Thompson - December 7, 2022

A proud career RCN sailor just crossed the bar and will be sorely missed by family and all who knew him. He became my best friend when I came to Canada/Cobourg & always was there for anyone that he could help in any way. His dedication to his family and major contribution over the years to Cobourg Legion Branch 133 and society in so many ways was incredible. We could do with so many more people of his calibre in today's society.

Angela Simpson - December 7, 2022

Sending love and sympathy to Alison and Michael Scanlan on the loss of your dear brother. May he Rest In Peace and rise in Glory.

Karen Groh - December 7, 2022

Dad, I know that no matter what You will always be with me. When life separates us I’ll know it is only your soul Saying goodbye to your body But your spirit will be with me always. When I see a bird chirping on a nearby branch I will know it is you singing to me. When a butterfly brushes gently by me I will know it is you assuring me you are free from pain. Your spirit will be beside me For I know that no matter what You will always be with me. ❤️

Alison & Michael Scanlan - December 7, 2022

You have been a wonderful brother while on earth, you now have moved on the visit all your loved ones that have gone before you. So many happy memories with love.

Alison & Michael Scanlan - December 7, 2022

You have been a wonderful brother while on earth, you now have moved on the visit all your loved ones that have gone before you. So many happy memories with love.

Rob Jewitt - December 7, 2022

My deepest condolences on your loss. I remember Dave from Weetabix and enjoyed many of the conversations I had with him there.

Michael Beech - December 7, 2022

I offer my sincere condolences to the Galbraith family on the passing of David. I knew David from his role as Sergeant-at-arms and pàrade marshall from the many parades we have done over the years as the Cobourg Legion Pipe Band. We will remember him.

Riick&Shirley McBride - December 7, 2022

Very sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Cherish the memories.