Tara Welch Gallagher
1979 - 2019
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Tara Welch Gallagher, 39, of Virginia Beach passed away Friday May 31, 2019. She is survived by her husband, Patrick Gallagher Jr.; a son, Patrick Gallagher III; her parents, Wanda and Dickie Welch; her sister, Tiffany Hollowell and husband Troy; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, friends, and co-workers. Tara was a devoted mother and her life was centered around her son. She was most proud of her role as Patrick’s mother. Tara was kind in her heart, compassionate in her actions, and humble in her demeanor. Tara projected a quiet ease â€" always present but never pretentious. Tara’s life was cut short, but her accomplishments were not. Tara attended Portsmouth Catholic Elementary School and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. Tara received her undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a master’s in environmental engineering from Old Dominion University. She was employed as an engineer at the City of Virginia Beach. Tara was a dedicated public servant who was always professional in her interactions.A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Church of the Holy Family, 1279 N. Great Neck Rd., Virginia Beach. Burial will follow in Olive Branch Cemetery, Portsmouth, VA. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Baker-Foster Funeral Home, 5685 Lee Farm Lane, Suffolk, VA. Condolences may be registered at BWFosterFuneralHome.com.

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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Jun. 6, 2019.
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October 22, 2019
Tara and I shared many stories about raising boys. Her sleepless nights became a running joke, with her asking for my recommendation for a good under eye concealer:). I last spoke to her that afternoon as she and Katie were coming back from lunch. I never got the chance to finish that conversation. I miss her still.
Rebecca Lear
June 17, 2019
Tara was a wonderful friendly person. I worked with her in Public Works/Engineering. She was a hard worker and a dedicated City employee. I was off work that week on vacation. She said she was going to come see me soon to talk and catch up bec I had been out on medical leave. We never did get to have that conversation. She loved her husband and baby boy deeply. She talked about the home renovations and Patrick. She glowed. I will miss her so much. Can't believe she is gone. Love you Tara. I will never forget you.
Jenifer Cornell
June 16, 2019
I am so sorry for you and your son. I do not know you but read your story.

My wife and I have a son born under similar circumstances to your son. The story of your son running around the house looking for his mum burned deep in my soul and touched every fiber of grief.
My wife and I pray for you.
Remind your son every day about his mom because she will visit him from heaven in his dreams.
Take care Pat.
We are so sorry for your loss.
Nasr U
June 14, 2019
My condolences to you and your loving family, on the loss of your dear beloved one.May you find comfort in your wealth of fond memories together. May the hope that God's word gives us for those we lost in death be comforting, faith building and encouraging to you. Colossians 1:11. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
June 10, 2019
I am so very sorry for your loss.
Loretta Bingham
June 9, 2019
I do not personally know you but my heart aches for you. You will all be in my prayers..May GOD contuine to bless the family
D JOHNSON
June 9, 2019
So sorry to hear about your loss. I know Tara's memories will last forever in your hearts. May the passage of Psalm 116:15 give you peace and comfort during this very difficult time. My sincere condolences to the entire family.
Cynthia
June 9, 2019
Tara was such a vibrant human being.. she was just pure and nice.. through her transitions in life she always seemed to remained positive.. we can all learn alot from Tara as we reflect on the type of person she was.. Pat, there are no words.. just be proud of the person in whom you chose to spend your life with and bring a beautiful baby into this world with.. may peace be with you..
Kelly Wiley
June 9, 2019
Patrick, I'm sorry for your loss and you and your family will be in our thoughts while you all grieve and beyond.
Brian Snyder
June 8, 2019
What a beautiful soul. One day you will remember with less pain and more joy. So sorry for your loss.
Tanja Fussell
June 8, 2019
May God fortify and surround you and your family with His love as you face this sad time. May His strength and grace be sufficient. Paul and Chris Krimsier
June 8, 2019
My prayers for you family at this time of such sorrow
Cyndee and Mike Ford
Friend
June 8, 2019
SANDRA OBRIEN
June 8, 2019
Tara it was a pleasure to have worked with you and get to know you in Public Works Operations. You shared your knowledge with me and you were always ready to provide needed information. I will forever remember your smile and great personality. May Our Lord wrap his loving arms around your husband and son and comfort them during this difficult time. I also pray for your parents and extended immediate family as they also walk through this difficult time.
Angela Anderson
Coworker
June 8, 2019
My prayers are with you Patrick and family.
Tara will truly be missed. I had the honor to have worked with her. She was a beautiful sweet lady.


Rhonda Sanders
Rhonda Sanders
June 8, 2019
Liz P
June 8, 2019
In memory of a wonderful young lady who I had the pleasure of meeting in high school. Tara always had a kind word every time we talked.

My deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Sean Wade
Classmate
June 8, 2019
I didnt know Tara, however, my heart breaks for her husband, son, parents and other friends and relatives. As a resident of Virginia Beach, I appreciate her service to our community and I mourn her loss, as well as the other eleven who were senselessly taken.
Debbie Meads
June 7, 2019
May the peace of God be with you now and always and may your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Pearl Ashitey
Coworker
June 7, 2019
With deepest sympathy to Tara's family and friends. May the Good Lord give you strength and comfort.
Kathryn and William Kramer
June 7, 2019
Tara blessed my life both personally and professionally. She was a really good engineer and friend. Her friendly manner and smile made work seem easier. Praise God for sharing her beautiful spirit with us. May that same God bring peace and love to those who love and miss her.
Wayne and Sue Abernathy
John Wayne Abernathy
June 7, 2019
Tara was a very special person who always brightened our day, brought a smile, and touched all of our hearts. I always enjoyed working with her, especially since she was light-hearted and made me feel more at ease while under pressure to make submittal times. Tara had a great sense of humor too and often showed it. Patrick and family, please except my deepest, sincere condolences for your loss. Tara will never be forgotten.
David Dixon
Coworker
June 7, 2019
Taras sister Tiffany and I went to high school together however I never had the chance of meeting Tara. I want Tiffany and family to know I am thinking of them and sending prayers. Please know that God has you all and will carry you always. ❤

With Love
Larriaun Hechler Daily
Larriaun Hechler Daily
Classmate
June 7, 2019
I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your loved on. My heart goes out to you and I pray for strength and healing.
C Alexander
June 7, 2019
Was such a beautiful ray of sunshine to all that had known her. Tara had a quiet walk, but her presence was felt when she entered a room it just lit up. She will truly be missed.
Karen Eady
Coworker
June 7, 2019
I still have fond memories of when we all use to work together and hangout at social events. Pat, i am praying for you and your son, I am so sorry for your loss and very sadden as many of us are, Tara will be missed. Stay strong brother.
Marvin Camba
June 7, 2019
Tara was a great and lovely person. She will be missed, but never forgotten.

We haven't spoken in years as our lives grew in different directions, but I still remember a time at Wilson when Jarman's Trig Class and Dugan's Physics Class paired up to study and build stick bridges based on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Our group won the weight barring competition where we built a suspension bridge (Tara's idea, yes - we knew who had the smarts in our group). Tara's keen sense of knowing what to do and ability to convey her thoughts projected us to the top - truly an engineer from the start.

May she rest in peace. May God be good to her.
Paul Connolly
June 7, 2019
Sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Tara. I admire her dedication, passion, and enthusiasm on all of her projects. She will truly be missed but never forgotten. Thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.
Rachel
June 7, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are always with all of you. May God give you strength each day.
Susan and Tim Janka
June 7, 2019
Tara was a great and lovely person. We haven't spoken in years as our lives grew in different directions, but I still remember a time at Wilson when Jarman's Trig Class and Dugan's Physics Class paired up to study and build stick bridges based on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Our group won the weight barring competition where we built a suspension bridge (Tara's idea, yes - we knew who had the smarts in our group). Tara's keen sense of knowing what to do and ability to convey her thoughts projected us to the top - truly an engineer from the start.

May she rest in peace. May God be good to her.
Paul Connolly
June 7, 2019
I'm so very sorry for your loss. My heartfelt prayers surround your family.
Carol Kinsey
June 6, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you, miss you and will forever remember your beautiful warm smile. RIP Tara ❤❤❤
Jewel Gatling
Classmate
June 6, 2019
Sending love and prayers to the family of this lovely young. woman, wife, mother, daughter, and friend. A terribly sad tragedy. God bless you all.
Eternally in your hearts ♥
Faye Holt
June 6, 2019
So very sorry for your loss...
June 6, 2019
To Tiffany Hollowell and Family, I am so sorry for the lost of your love one. God is with you always. I pray for strength for you all. I send my deepest sympathy. I will continue to pray for your family.

Love Ivy Bond (Tiffany s High school Classmate)
Ivy Bond
June 6, 2019
Wanda and Tiffany, I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you and your family strength and comfort during this difficult time.
Gina Facenda
Friend
June 6, 2019
We are so sorry for the loss of your wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. We pray sweet memories and peace for you all.
John & Anita Monroe
June 6, 2019
Wanda, Dickie, Tiffany and Patrick;

We are truly sorry for your sudden and tragic loss of Tara. We certainly understand the grief and pain that you are going through. Please know that we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time in your life. Time will help to make it easier to deal with, but even though you will never truly get over the loss, keep your faith in God, for he knows best.

Sincerely.

Lois Hall
Walt & Pat Smead
Scott & Lori Hall
Lois Hall
Neighbor
June 6, 2019
I send my heartfelt sympathies during this very difficult time. Our Heavenly Father gives us comfort as found in 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17. May you find peace and comfort from this passage and your loving memories.
NH
June 6, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Love and prayers from our family to yours.
Joyce, Alan, Beth, Carl Peterson
June 6, 2019
I only remember Tara as Tiffany's cute kid sister, but it is obvious she grew up into a wonderful human being. I am so sorry for this senseless loss that took her from you all too soon. May your good memories keep her in your heart always.
Shannon (Curtis) Tompkins
Classmate
June 6, 2019
Tara was a wonderful coworker and we will miss her so much. She was always a joy to talk to, and I will never forget her.
Kaitlyn James
June 6, 2019
To Tara's parents and sister Tiffany, you have raised a beautiful soul. Tara was funny, smart and the warmest of people. To Patrick and son Patrick, I know you are the loves of her life. She was my long time friend and coworker and I will miss her forever.
Esther Dornin
Friend
June 6, 2019
Our hearts are breaking for Taras family. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Dudley & Laura Ivey-Melton
June 6, 2019
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
James White
Coworker
June 6, 2019
The Lake James Environmental Committee and community would like to express our deepest sympathies for the loss of Tara Gallagher. Tara was working with our community and we met with her on many occasions. Not only was Tara a dedicated professional, she was a kind and caring person. She will be truly missed.
Peggy Sansone, Craig Langman, Don Davis
June 6, 2019
So sorry for your lost.
Cecil and Connie Lunsford
Connie Lunsford
June 6, 2019
To the whole Welch family, I have known you all my life and my heart is broke that you are having to suffer this lost. I'm so sorry for her husband and dear little boy. Don't know why these things happen, but hope faith keeps you strong.
Sharon Pope Turner
Friend
June 6, 2019
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June 6, 2019
God Bless You and may the good Lord look over your family. "Rest in Peace" and thank you for your service.
Barry Tiller
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