David Anthony Giltinan, 78, of Edinboro, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at Manchester Commons. He was born Dec. 7, 1936 in Jamestown, NY, son of the late David Harold and Claudia Lupica Giltinan.
He was a 1955 graduate of Jamestown High School and earned his BS in Engineering and MS and PhD in Physics from the Case Institute of Technology. He was a member of the Sigma Chi social fraternity.
Dave married Janice M. Peterson on Feb. 4, 1967 in Lakewood, NY.
He retired in 2003 from Edinboro University of PA, after 35 years teaching. He was Professor of Physics and advised the university’s 3/2 Engineering Program. He served several terms as chair of his department and was a member of the American Association of Engineering Education.
In addition to academics, Dave was always a great supporter of athletics at the university and in the community. He ran the time clock for the Fighting Scots basketball games for as many years as he taught. He also was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Ski Patrol and actively supported the General McLane athletic boosters, Little League, and Little Gridders.
His community support was not limited to athletics. For the past several years Dave served as treasurer of the Edinboro Rotary Club and president of the philanthropic “Kipper Club.”
Preceding Dave in death, in addition to his parents, were his son Brian D. Giltinan and a sister, Isabelle Giltinan Smith.
Dave was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Surviving him are his wife, Janice; a son, Kevin and grandsons Kagan and Declan of Highlands Ranch, CO; a daughter-in-law, Jennifer Kissel Giltinan and grandson Liam of Hudson OH; nieces, Pamela (Michael) Niedhammer and Patricia (Joseph) Gallagher; and a nephew, David (Kathaleen) Bruce.
Friends may call on Monday, Oct 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Glunt Funeral Home and Crematory, 210 Erie Street, Edinboro and on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 2 p.m. until the time of the service at 3 p.m., at the Edinboro United Methodist Church, 113 High Street, with Pastor Lisa Grant officiating. Private burial will take place on a later date at Edinboro Cemetery.
Dave’s family gives special thanks to the staff at Manchester Commons for the compassionate care he received these past several weeks.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Giltinan-Overheim Physics and Engineering Scholarship (Edinboro University of PA 16444) or to the ALS Association (Western PA Chapter, 416 Lincoln Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15209).