Memorial services for Gerald Andrew Gallagher, 91, of Partridge Knoll, Canton, formerly of Waddington will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Waddington. Gerald passed away peacefully on December 28, 2010 with his family by his side.
Gerald is survived by his children, Jerry Davenport Gallagher and wife Rita of Buffalo, Patricia Gallagher Larkin and husband Paul of Huntington Beach, CA, Dr. Thomas Gallagher and his wife Dr. Amy Gittell-Gallagher of Yardley, PA, and Kathryn Gallagher Higgins and husband Robert of Potsdam; his grandchildren, Julia, Brigit, Brett and Molly Gallagher, Christopher, Erin and Andrew Higgins; his sister, Mary Rose Jones of Silver Spring, MD; and by many loving nieces and nephews on both coasts.
He was predeceased by a brother, Donald Gallagher; and a sister, Helen Davies.
Gerald was born on November 2, 1919 in Carbondale, PA to Gerald Xavier and Mary Quinn Gallagher.
He received his education at Carbondale High School, Johnson Trade School, the University of Rochester under the GI Bill and St. Lawrence University, culminating with a Masters degree in School Psychology.
Gerald served in WW II in the Army Air Corps and was honorably discharged with the rank of First Lieutenant. He married Charlotte Mabel Davenport on January 16, 1945 in Greenville, SC; she predeceased him in late 1994 after celebrating their 50th anniversary that same year.
He was employed at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, as a machinist, Indian River Central School as a Social Studies Teacher, Madrid-Waddington Central School as an English and Social Studies Teacher, and retired from St. Lawrence-Lewis County BOCES as a School Psychologist in the early 1980s.
Gerald was a communicant and vestry member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Waddington. He was a founding member and first president of the St. Lawrence County Chapter of NYSARC. He supervised recreation programs for youth in both Madrid and Waddington and was a lifelong member of the American Legion and the Waddington Masonic Lodge #393. He was active with American Field Service and his family hosted Ali Toumi from Tunisa and Karl Hopf from Germany.
Gerald played the trombone in a variety of musical groups, including over 35 years with the Norwood Brass Firemen Band; the band represented the US in the 1980 Lake Placid and 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics and in President Reagan’s inaugural parade. Gerald became an avid golf enthusiast after working as a caddy during the depression, and went on to earn the title of “club champion” at the St. Lawrence University Golf Course and at Twin Brooks Golf Course. He enjoyed coaching the Madrid-Waddington golf team and achieved a hole-in-one at age 81. Gerald was known for his sense of humor and was ever ready with a joke or limerick for any occasion.
Memorial contributions may be made to Canton-Potsdam Hospital, 50 Leroy St. Potsdam, NY 13676, Hospice & Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY 13676 or the Norwood Brass Firemen Band, c/o Robert Haggett, 14 Morgan St. Norwood, NY 13668.
Online condolences may be made at: www.phillipsmemorial.com.