Robert (Bob) B. Gallipeau
Thu, 04/01/2021 - 12:46pm Heraldgroton
Robert (Bob) B. Gallipeau, 98 years old, died peacefully in the company of family members, on Palm Sunday at Apple
Valley Center in Ayer, MA. Bob was born on March 2, 1926 in Rochester, NY, where he grew up. He enlisted in the US Air Force at the age of 16 and proudly served during WW II in Europe and rose to the rank of Staff Sargeant. Bob attended the University of Rochester and graduated with a degree in Optical Engineering. He met his wife of 73 years, Mary Baker, and moved to the Boston area in 1949.
Bob is survived by his wife, Mary, his sons David, Stephen, Erick, and his daughter Susan. One son, Father Mark, died several years ago.
He consulted for many high-tech companies and government agencies during his career and founded Space Optics Research Laboratories in 1962 which is still in operation. On August 18, 1985 Bob was invited to Washington, DC and was awarded a medal for his 25 years of work as a “United States of America Space Pioneer”. In 2018, at the age of 95, Bob published a book entitled Anton, and was working on his second book when he lost his eyesight.
Bob and Mary purchased a property in Groton, MA in 1965 where he raised his family and lived to the end of his life, and where Mary and two sons are still living.
A funeral Mass will be said at St. James Catholic Church on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 10AM. He will then be laid to rest in Groton Cemetery.
Arrangements under the care of Badger Funeral Home, A Life Celebration Home, Groton. To share a memory or offer a condolence visit: www.BadgerFuneral. com “