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William John Gallagher

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- In loving memory of William John Gallagher. Born July 8, 1933, his long struggle with illness ended on July 3, 2004. He passed peacefully, surrounded by family and love, at 70 years of age. Humble, modest and attracted to mischief, his playful sense of humor, intelligence, and loyalty earned William John Gallagher of San Antonio the respect and love of all who knew him. William, Billy, Bill, Wild Bill, was the first of two sons born to William Frederick Gallagher Jr. and Margaret Harwood Gallagher of Bennington, Vt. In early childhood, Billy was honored by the birth of his brother, and named him Francis. Francis passed away early in infancy, leaving Billy an only child.

Raised in Old Bennington, Billy attended grade school at Saint Francis de Sales and graduated from Bennington High School in 1951; he joined the U.S. Air Force that same year. During 26 years of military service, Bill aimed for and achieved the rank of chief master sergeant, the highest rank attainable to non-commissioned officers. He served his country in both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts and went on to earn four meritorious service medals, four meritorious commendation medals and eight campaign ribbons. He was also chosen as one of eight NCOs to attend the prestigious Senior Officers Transportation School, an academy previously restricted to commissioned officers. He retired from Security Service Headquarters at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio in 1977. His career continued for more than a decade afterwards, as he went on to manage military transportation services with government contractors.

Wild Bill’s love of nature was the source of his hobbies and greatest passions. He was a skilled outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman and a serious “wabbit twakker.” The great outdoors was his element, and his heaven on earth. He loved nothing more than tracking deer, sleeping under the stars, sharing stories around a campfire, and fishing for his favorite breakfast of rainbow trout. He was a superb writer, a skilled gymnast, and drew beautifully. Bill was a standing member of the Knights of Columbus since 1966.

Bill married Cecile Marie Rossignol, a native of Canada, in October 1954. Together they shared life, love, struggles, eight children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Cecile was his loving and dedicated caregiver through years of illness. Surviving children are John Marc, Michael, Lorraine, Carol, Teresa, William, Kevin and Kathleen. His children were a source of pride and, in his final days, great comfort. He provided them unconditional love and support, and passed on his values of hard work, integrity, kindness, and humor. He was a man who earned respect, and a father who taught respect; a man who earned honor, and a father who taught what is honorable. William John Gallagher, beloved husband and father, is now in the embrace of our Lord.

Visitation will be at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home on Bandera Road on Thursday, July 8, 2004, from 4 to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Prince of Peace Catholic Church on Friday, July 9, 2004 at 12:45 p.m. with the Rev. Msgr. Pat Cronin officiating. Interment to follow at Ft. Sam National Cemetery with full military honors. Please visit www.mem.com for an online memorial and tributes.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 7, 2004
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