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Robert Leo Gallant

1928 - 2014 PITTSFIELD Robert Leo Gallant, 85, died Jan. 27, 2014, at Berkshire Medical Center. Born in Worcester, he was the son of Mary and Ernest Gallant. Educated in Worcester schools, he graduated from Worcester Boys Trade School and South High, and received a BS in Industrial Arts from Fitchburg State College in 1953 and a master's in education from North Adams State College in 1959. Mr. Gallant was an educator in the Pittsfield schools for 30 years, teaching industrial arts for ten years each at South Junior High, Crosby Middle School, and Taconic High School, where he was chairman of the department. After retirement from the school system he was employed at the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank on South St. for 18 years, retiring in 2012. In the early 1960s, he and four or five other industrial arts teachers built houses for each other. One summer, he led the Neighborhood Youth Corps in repairing and painting some of the buildings at Hancock Shaker Village. He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Wahconah Country Club, and Pittsfield Family YMCA. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Mary Granfield; his daughter, Jennifer M. Gallant; grandchildren, Jessica L. Gallant, Nicholas R. Gallant, and Lara E. Gallant, and two brothers, Kevin Gallant of Worcester, and James Gallant of West Roxbury. He was predeceased by his son, Michael F. Gallant, and by six brothers and sisters. Mr. Gallant has donated his body to University of Massachusetts Medical Center. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Memorial Mass for Robert Leo Gallant will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church with Father Peter Naranjo officiating. There will be no calling hours. Donations may be made in his memory to Sacred Heart Church or to Pittsfield Family YMCA in care of DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 29, 2014
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