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History of the
WEST VANCOUVER FIRE SERVICE
A selection of Bob's paintings owned by the museum
Bob was a great friend of the society and a long standing Honoury member; and we will treasure the wonderful paintings he did for us.
Bob had many good friends including including his Northlands neighbours', his Aircrew Association friends, his fellow volunteers at the Vancouver Naval Museum and Heritage Society at HMCS Discovery, the "Black Gang", his friends from the Seaforth Highlanders Officers' Mess, the UNTD Association, everyone at the Royal Canadian Legion, West Vancouver Branch 60 and the West Vancouver Fire Service Museum.
BANKS Robert John "Bob," CD Flight Lieutenant RCAF (Ret.) of North Vancouver, B.C. born March 2,1923, passed away peacefully the evening of May 17, 2009.
GALPIN, Wallace Gordon (Wally) Passed away on April 17th 2010, while on holiday in California. He was born on October 16th, 1926 in North Vancouver. He was a founding member of the West Vancouver Fire Department, retiring in 1982 as Deputy Fire Chief.
Wally was a wonderfull friend, and tireless worker on behalf of this society; he was the first fire fighter hired in West Vancouver and has loved the F.D. and fire trucks ever since. Wally was a gentleman, friend and teacher to all the firefighters on the North Shore.
Wally single handedly wired the museum and was an expert on the mechanics of our vintage vehicles. He loved to tinker and spent many hours at the museum doing just about everything.