Patrick William GALLAHER
1949 - 2015
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GALLAHER, Patrick William
Born July 30, 1949, passed away suddenly on the morning of Friday, February 6, 2015 at the age of 65 while recovering from a surgery for a pinched nerve in his neck. Now pain-free and without Parkinson's, as God would have it, he is likely walking the fields in Heaven with his father, Ernest Gallaher. Pat was a sensitive and gentle man with a strong faith and powerful passion for the things he loved - his wife, his daughters and their families, his toy store BC Playthings, basketball, early childhood education, his fellowship at West Vancouver Baptist Church, the community of Edgemont Village and his memories on Keats Island. Pat will be missed and his smile remembered by his mother, Joanne (George) Ward, sister, Elizabeth, wife, Hermila (nee Quintanar), four daughters, Amoreena Penta, Emily (Markus) van Lidth de Jeude Roemer, Mischa (Mitch) Watt and Breelana, and five grandchildren, Hannah, Taliesen, Rhiannon, Aiden and Jack, and numerous relatives and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at West Vancouver Baptist Church, located at 450 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkinson Society British Columbia or at www.gofundme.com/PatGallaherTribute.


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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Feb. 15, 2015.
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February 25, 2015
It was my pleasure to know Pat for many years in different circumstances, at W Van Baptist Church, preschool, work and as a friend. He had a determined but gentle and loving spirit.

For years I watched 'shepherd Pat' from the angel choir pen in Walk to Bethlehem. He patiently coached many other 'junior shepherds' through the years.

Pat will be fondly remembered and look forward to being reunited in heaven.
Virginia Jack Bell
February 24, 2015
Pat and I shared car pooling and accompanied our daughters on outings. He was a kind gentle man that loved his children with his whole being. Love and light to his family. Amy's mom (Sarah)
Sarah Stirling aka Fernets
February 23, 2015
Blessings to you and all of your family. [From a distant Gallaher relative i.e Molly Gallaher Tait's daughter in Central Oregon]
Deb (Tait ) Guzauskis
February 23, 2015
Used to serve your dad coffee for almost three years at Delanys Coffee Shop. Great man! Will be missed
Mark Russell
February 18, 2015
"Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don't remember me at all."
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Linda, Brad, Nora & Sylvie Gour
February 18, 2015
I have two outstanding memories of Pat. One was the work he put into hosting girls' elementary school invitational basketball tournaments with his Cleveland Elementary team at Capilano College. But most of all, I remember how Pat was able to hold absolutely still - despite Parkinsons - while portraying a shepherd during the shepherds-angels scene during the Walk to Bethleham show at West Vancouver Baptist Church each Christmas. God bless Pat, a real Christian gentleman.
Len Corben
February 18, 2015
I'm so very sorry to hear about Pat's passing and offer my heartfelt sympathy to his mom, Liz, and his wife and family. Pat's philosophy about child development and education showed a tremendous integrity and concern for their well-being. His vision was a beacon of light in a world that commercializes children's books, toys and materials. He was a fine and courageous person, and will be greatly missed by everyone whose life he touched.
Anne Budgell
February 16, 2015
My dear friend, I shall miss you. I was lucky to have you in my life. Thank you for your friendship.
Lesley Gibbs (North Vancouver)
February 16, 2015
Lost Lagoon with grandson Tali.
Emily
February 16, 2015
Watching grandson Tali have a bounce with Mischa and Breelana
Emily
February 16, 2015
Vegreville
Emily
February 16, 2015
1972
Emily
February 16, 2015
camping 1972
Emily
February 16, 2015
Pat on his way to scatter his father's ashes
Emily
February 16, 2015
Great sadness at the loss of our Cousin Pat, who we remember with great love.
Sandy Gregorak
February 16, 2015
Grandpa Pat & Jack (Mischa's youngest) visiting the new cabin on Keats Island.
Breelana Gallaher
February 16, 2015
Pat, his wife, Hermila, and there four daughters in there toy store, BC Playthings.
Breelana Gallaher
February 16, 2015
Pat & one of his Cleveland basketball teams!
Breelana Gallaher
February 16, 2015
Pat & his employees at BC Playthings
Breelana Gallaher
February 15, 2015
Thank you Pat, for being such an accommodating employer so many years ago when my children were very young, and for being such a determined and inspirational person.
Lilian Taylor
February 15, 2015
Remembering Dear Patrick, a loving, sweet, principled man. Love and sympathy to all his dear family.
Patricia Andrew
February 15, 2015
So many memories of Pat - in High School - on the 1969 Choir Tour with he and sister Liz - being his Employee #1 at B.C. Playthings - introducing him to his love Hermila...he was surrounded by the love of his family and leaves an amazing legacy of perserverance and determination. A great man...he is now out of pain and will be forever remembered. I share the loss with his family. Much love to you all...Sue Trudell/Turner
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