Eugenio Galvez, a longtime resident of Venice, passed away on August 31st. He was 71.

Galvez was born January 1st, 1937, and immigrated to the United States from Anton, Panama, in 1952. He became a naturalized citizen in 1995, according to his nephew, Juan Barrera.

Galvez was a resident of the Santa Monica/Venice area for over 55 years. He worked in the dietician department of St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica for 12 years.

He was a man of many talents, according to his nephew.

“He was also a contractor and completed many projects for dozens of Southern Californians,” Barrera said.

His skills as a craftsman were even sought by Hollywood. Barrera said his uncle worked on the replica of the mountain cabin that was used in the 1996 television movie Unabomber: A True Story, about the life of Theodore Kaczynski.

Prior to his retirement, Galvez volunteered at the Church of St. Mark community in Venice, and donated his time and services to repairing its buildings.

Galvez is survived by his wife, Maria Esther; son, Eugenio Jr; stepson, Carlos R. Reyes; niece, Zophia Barrera; and nephew, Juan Barrera.

A viewing/rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, September 19th, at the Church of St. Mark, 912 Coeur d’Alene Ave., Venice, (310) 821-5058,

A funeral mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 20th, at Risen Christ Chapel, Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City, (310) 836-8112.