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John F. Galletly 1927-2012 On February 3, 2012, John F. Galletly, while surrounded by his loving family, left this life to be with the love of his life of 60 years, Margaret A. Scorpa Galletly. Margaret passed away eight days ago on January 26, 2012. A lifelong resident of Pittsfield, he had resided at Rose Manor. Born in Pittsfield on August 31, 1927, the son of Ralph and Lillian Lynch Galletly, he was educated in Pittsfield schools and was a 1945 graduate of Pittsfield High School. He also attended the New England Conservatory of Music. He served with the United States Coast Guard. Mr. Galletly was a music teacher for more than 30 years. During the 1960s, he taught piano and operated a studio on North Street. From 1968 to 1971, he also owned and operated The Keyboard Shoppe on North Street. Mr. Galletly was a member of the Musicians Union Local 109. During the early 1960s, he played at the Show Boat six nights a week. He also played at Fox Hollow School in Lenox, at the Stanley Club in Pittsfield, and at the American Legion and VFW. Mr. Galletly played with the Danny Barzie Orchestra, the Alan Grieve Orchestra, the John Galletly Orchestra, and played in various bands, as well. After closing The Keyboard Shoppe, Mr. Galletly went to work for Marland Mold from where he retired on March 29, 1991. He enjoyed gardening, especially growing roses, and painting. He was also an avid Red Sox and Patriots Fan. Mr. Galletly is survived by two daughters, Atty. Lynn T. Galletly of Springfield and her companion, Kevin Honiker of Pittsfield, and Joan E. Wixsom and her husband, David, of Pittsfield; six grandchildren, Mark, Stephanie, Bethany, Michael and his wife, Treden, Kali, and Jessica, and two great grandchildren, Skylar and Layla. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service for John F. Galletly will be held Monday, February 6, 2012, at 6 p.m., at DERY FUNERAL HOME. Calling hours will precede the service beginning at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Galletly may be made to Pittsfield Public Schools Music Department in care of the Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 5, 2012
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