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Raymond Francis Galvin

Raymond Francis Galvin, a playwright, teacher and actor, died Feb. 28 at his home in Lakewood of natural causes following a long illness. He was 79.

Galvin, a decorated war hero who was severely wounded in action during World War II, wrote the semi-autobiographical play “Spite the Devil for Awhile” about the struggles of returning servicemen. In 1990, the play was produced at Theatre Theater in Hollywood.

He was an instructor for many years at the Los Angeles County Children’s Theater for the hearing-impaired, a job for which he learned sign language.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Grace, as well as two daughters.

Services will be held noon today at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel in Long Beach.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Frontline Foundation, P.O. Box 57030, Tarzana, CA 91357.

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