James Gallacher

CHELSEA - James Gallacher, 83, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vt., after a period of failing health.

He was born Aug. 25, 1930, in Paisley, Scotland, the son of Robert L. and Margaret E. (Greig) Gallacher.

In the 1930s, his family moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he attended school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was an airman in crash and rescue from 1951 to 1955.

While in the service, he married Evelyn W. Augustsen on Sept. 6, 1952, in Brooklyn, N.Y. They lived in New York and Las Vegas before settling in Vermont.

James "Jim" worked for 20 years for the Western Electric Co. in New York City; he drove taxi and was an assistant manager for a large mobile home park while living in Las Vegas, and worked 21 years as a night security supervisor at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., before retiring in 1995.

He enjoyed swimming and was a lifeguard at Coney Island while he was in high school. He also enjoyed writing, having some of his short stories published. Jim loved watching old movies, dancing, traveling and sightseeing in New England, and attending Project Independence.

His wife, Evelyn, died Sept. 25, 2012. He missed her terribly and wished for the day he would see her again.

He is survived by his son, Steven Gallacher, and his wife, Sharon, and a daughter, Barbara Gallacher, all of Chelsea, Vt., and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn, and a sister, Evelyn.

There will be no calling hours. A private graveside service will be held later this spring at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Project Independence, 81 N. Main St., Barre, VT 05641.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea, Vt. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.

Published in Times Argus on Dec. 4, 2013