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WILLIAM ALEXANDER GALLAWAY William ("Bill") Alexander Gallaway passed away Saturday, November 14, 2020, at the age of 91. Loving husband of Mary Frado, Bill was predeceased in 1997 by his beloved first wife, Margaret Pearl (née Angus). Father of Bill (Debbie), Leslie Murray (the late David Murray), Michael (Katie), Sean (Shannon) and uncle of Margie Pixton. Cherished grandfather of Sarah, Mark, Eagen and Conor. Bill was predeceased by his mother and father, William McKerlie and Ellen Jane (nee Douglas) and his sister, Mary Umphrey. Bill is survived by his brothers, Patrick and Kevin Gallaway and sister, Ellen Jane Hill; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Born August 18, 1929, Bill attended Edith Cavell and St. Catharines Collegiate, before embarking on a 33-year career in finance travelling extensively throughout the world. Pursuing ever increasing work responsibilities Bill lived throughout Ontario and the United States including Shaker Heights Ohio, Newport Beach California and Dallas Texas, culminating in his role as President of the Associates International Management Co. (now Citi Financial) with over 1100 offices in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia and Puerto Rico. Bill completed a 3-year term as Chair of St. Catharines Hydro Energy Services in 2003. Bill never forgot St. Catharines and importantly his Western Hill roots. Taking early retirement in 1984 Bill returned to St. Catharines immersing himself in the community. Bill always had a keen interest in the YMCA where he was a long-time board member and chair of their Capital Campaign leading to the development of the Walker Family YMCA. He was recognized for his campaign leadership with the naming of the pool the Burgoyne Gallaway Aquatic Centre. In 1994, Bill was further recognized for his community service with the creation of the Gallaway Spirit of Giving award which is presented annually to an individual committing significantly to the betterment of the St. Catharines community. In appreciation for his contribution to YMCA Canada he was appointed an Officer of the YMCA Fellowship of Honor in 2008 by her Excellency the Right Honorable Michaelle Jean, Governor General. In addition to his role with the "Y", Bill was actively involved in multiple fundraising and community activities both as a volunteer and professional advisor through his partnership Gallaway and Lehnen. Roles included but were not limited to the St. Catharines Rowing Alumni, the 1999 World Rowing Championships, Knox Church, United Way and municipal elections including as campaign chair for Tim Rigby's successful mayoral campaigns. Bill was awarded the 125th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada medal for his various volunteer activities. It was through Bill's numerous pursuits where he had the privilege of developing many longstanding friendships in Niagara and beyond. Above all, Bill was a family man at heart. Vacations to the Caribbean, Florida, Grand Bend; there were too many to count. Weekends included both his kids' and grandkids' numerous games and activities, and of course watching Hockey Night in Canada, the Blue Jays or his Dallas Cowboys when the party really got started! Later in life Bill was sadly stricken with dementia. Although sapping him of much of his memory, he continued to enjoy life and was happy to the end. He left his children the following message "My funeral should not be sad, but a celebration of my life as I have had an exciting and fulfilling one. I have four children that I am immensely proud of and I'm privileged to have four beautiful, intelligent and healthy grandchildren. God bless everyone and may all of you have a happy and healthy life." At Bill's request, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to YMCA of Niagara or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel, 75 Church Street, St. Catharines (905-684-6346) Online tributes may be made at

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November 21, 2020
Although we did not know Bill well, we met him with Mary many times both before & after she left our favourite restaurant. He was always pleasant & interesting to talk to. We know he will be missed by you all.
Hugh & Ann Hughes
November 21, 2020
Once a Hill boy, Always a Hill Boy. God Bless. RIP Mr. G!!
McLaren Family
November 20, 2020
Billy, Leslie, Michael and Sean it was with great sadness when I learned of your father's passing. I have many great memories of the summer pool parties and the many dinners we shared at my parents home. Your dad always waited for the 5pm "Happy Hour" to begin.
Your father was the classiest, most debonaire man I have ever met.
He will be truely missed.
Bob & Barb Fair
Bob Fair
November 20, 2020
Mary so sorry to hear that Bill has passed. Remember taking my dad to
Frados for those seasonal get to-gethers Bill was always great running
the parties.

jamie thompson
November 20, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to Mary and family .
I met Bill as a volunteer on the fundraising Board for the YMCA as well as the SCRC. and as a neighbour.I will always cherish the heart and grace and energy and joy that Bill brought to his work in the community. He was a truly inspiring person and he left the world a better place.
Warm regards, Linda Ratkovsky
November 20, 2020
Dear Mary and family, I have the fondest memories of Bill from years volunteering together at the YMCA. He was always the gentleman, impeccably dressed with a warm demeanor and inspiring leadership. A life well lived. Our sincere sympathy, Ingrid & John
Ingrid Balinski
November 20, 2020
Bill was a huge inspiration to me as a volunteer fundraiser at the Y. I have many memories of Bill working hard at practicing call pitches, giving his achievements to others down the line and encouraging fellow fundraisers.

I swam next to Bill many times at the Y and he was innately competitive.

I loved this man for his humility, drive, memory and his pride in his family. Bill made me a better person.

Tom Kretz
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