GALLAGHER, James J.
James J. Gallagher passed away peacefully on April 21, 2012 at home with his family and loved ones by his side. Born Aug. 24, 1936 in Astoria Long Island, NY to Antoinette and John Gallagher, Jim settled in East Haddam raising three children with his beloved wife Shirley (Britton) Gallagher of 52 years. Jim served in the U.S. Air Force, later employed by the State National Guard (Nike Missile Systems Portland, CT). He retired from for Monsanto/Silgan in 1998 where he worked as a Maintenance Mechanic for over 30 years. Jim maintained Cemeteries and Monumental Greens for the town of East Haddam for 15 years. He was a Volunteer Member of the first Fire Department established in the Lake Hayward section of town. Upon retiring, Jim and his beloved Wife traveled extensively, enjoying parts of the world such as China, Alaska and Greece. They celebrated their 50 years of marriage in 2009 traveling to Las Vegas, NV. Jim and Shirley enjoyed camping in Florida in winter and spending summers at the "Camp" in Maine where he loved having his family visit. Jim also loved cutting wood, gardening, and being outdoors. He will be dearly missed and was truly loved. He was predeceased by his parents, Antoinette M. (Svec) Gallagher and John J. Gallagher; Sister, Ruth M. Gallagher. Survived by his Beloved wife Shirley (Britton) Gallagher; children and families: Mark and Debbie Gallagher of East Haddam, Susan and Thomas Pagnano of East Haddam, Sharon and Parker Moon of Lebanon; siblings, Rita Gallagher of East Haddam, Raymond and wife Anna Gallagher of Fort Fairfield, ME; grandchildren, Brianne Gallagher and Trevor Tuck, Anthony Pagnano and Sidney Pagnano, Lindsey Moon; nieces, Elizabeth McGee, Jessica Kingsbury, nephew, Jason Gallagher. The family would like to thank Hospice staff for their help and support.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Middletown Hospice, c/o Homecare Hospice Program, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Belmont/Sabrowski Funeral Home, 144 South Main St., Colchester, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. followed by a 12 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Andrew's Catholic Church on Norwich Ave., Colchester. Full Military Honors will follow.