Oct. 2, 2012
Joseph Bernard Gallagher passed from his earthly life to his eternal heavenly home on Oct. 2, 2012, after losing his courageous fight with cancer.
Born in Scranton on March 1, 1951, he is the 4th of eight children of Bernard J. and Mary Stage Gallagher. He grew up in Wilkes-Barre and after graduating from Scranton Preparatory High School in 1969, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in engineering mechanics from Penn State University, Class of 1973, and later a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University. Throughout his career as a Senior Research Engineer with Anchor Darling, Williamsport; Rockwell International, Pittsburgh; and Edwards Valve, Raleigh, N.C., he was considered to be a leading authority on nuclear valve qualification testing and traveled extensively sharing his expertise in several countries in Europe and Asia. After his retirement, Joe returned to the Northeast, where he enjoyed more family time and developed customized educational programs for Catholic high schools.
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by nephew Dennis Knappman. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Gallagher, Cary, N.C.; son, Mark, Philadelphia; daughter, Sara, Cary, N.C.; seven siblings, Eileen Lutz, Warren, N.J.; Patricia Cole, Forty Fort; Bernard, Kenosha, Wis.; Michael, Bridgeport, Pa.; Molly Bronsberg, Carverton; Sharon Wilson, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.; Katie Knappman, Vero Beach, Fla.; numerous nieces and nephews who are privileged to have learned from him.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff who gave of themselves by providing compassionate care to Joe over this past year, including those at Thomas Jefferson Hospital, Suburban Woods Health and Rehab and Mercy Suburban Hospital in Norristown.
Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Frances X. Cabrini Church in Carverton at noon, Saturday. Friends may call at the church from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Interment will be at the Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to St. Titus Church, 3006 Keenwood Road, Eagleville, PA 19403.