Brian David Giltinan, age 39, of Hudson, OH and formerly of Edinboro, PA, ended his courageous four-and-a-half year battle with Sarcoma on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at his home in the loving care of his family.
Born on May 6, 1968 in Cleveland, OH, Brian is a son of David and Janice Peterson Giltinan. He grew up in Edinboro and graduated from General McLane High School and received a BS in Civil Engineering from Penn State University. He was in the Penn State NROTC program and was commissioned in the US Navy in December 1990. He graduated from the Naval Nuclear Power School in 1992 and served 8 years as an officer in the Navy. He served as a Nuclear Mechanical Officer on the USS Virginia, taught at the Naval Preparatory School, and was the Officer in Charge on the USNS Kanawa. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal. He earned a MS in Civil Engineering from Cleveland State University in 2001.
Brian was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association and the Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society. He was a licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He had many varied interests including skiing, fishing, bicycling, and many other sports, and he was an avid reader. Brian was a member of the Hudson United Methodist Church and will be remembered as a devoted husband and father. His strong Christian faith was an inspiration to all who knew him.
In addition to his parents, Brian is survived by his wife Jennifer M. Kissel Giltinan, whom he married July 11, 1992; his son Liam; his brother Kevin (and Alicia) Giltinan and nephews Kagan and Declan of Littleton, CO.
Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home, 306 Erie Street, Edinboro on Sunday, May 4, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9pm. The family will continue to receive friends on Monday at the Edinboro United Methodist Church from 10:00am until the time of the funeral service at 11:00am. Officiating will be Rev. Lou Diehl of the Hudson United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Edinboro Cemetery.
Brian?????s wishes included providing for his son?????s college education, and he requested that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to a fund for Liam (Liam Giltinan College Fund, c/o Van Matre Family Funeral Home), or to the Hudson United Methodist Church (2600 Hudson-Aurora Road, Hudson, OH 44236), or The Gathering Place, a caring community for those touched by cancer (23300 Commerce Park, Cleveland, OH 44122).