2007-01-25 / Obituaries

Gerald M. Gallagher, 66

Gerald M. Gallagher, 66, of Bristol, died Jan. 11, 2007, at his winter home in Boca Grande, Fla., after a year of illness. He was the husband of Sigrid Schoenebeck Gallagher.

Born Jan. 6, 1941 in New York City, he was a son of the late Stephen L. and G. Constance Murty Gallagher. Raised in Scarsdale, N.Y., Gerry traveled the world in sales management for the 3M Company and lived in California, Hong Kong, Hawaii, Belgium, Chicago, St. Paul, and Southborough, Mass., as well as the last nine years in Bristol.

He leaves four step-children, Jessica Verniers, Yuri Verniers, Keleigh Kaufman, and Michelle Mendoza, and 10 grandchildren; a sister, Margery-Jane and her husband James H. Connelly, of Rancho Bernardo, Cal.; and two brothers, Stephen L. Jr. and his wife Sandra Gallagher of Portland, Ore. and W. Gregory Gallagher, of New York City.

Gerry is also survived by his mother-in-law, Marianne Schoenebeck of Jamestown; sisters-in-law Sabine and her husband William Dinsmoor of Anacortes, Wash., and Maire-Luise and her husband Gregory Hedberg of Jamestown. Survivors also include an aunt, Mrs. Thomas A. (Ella) Gallagher, and cousins, Nancy O'Neill, Larry Gallagher, and Dennis Gallagher.

Gerry attended New York State Maritime Academy in 1959 and received his bachelor's degree in 1962 from Bethany College in West Virginia, where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He served on active duty with the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966 and in the Navy Reserve from 1966 to1983, retiring as commander. He was employed by the 3M Company from 1967 until his retirement on December 31, 2006.

Gerry was an avid sailor and golfer. He was a member of the Waikiki Yacht Club, Honolulu, Hawaii and a member of various golf clubs around the world. Locally, he was an associate of Montaup Country Club, Portsmouth, and played in the Swansea Country Club golf league.

A funeral service will be held at the Chapel of Hope, 1172 Vaughan St., Naval Base Newport, today, Thursday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to RI Hospital Cancer Research, P.O. Box H, Providence, RI 02901 would be appreciated. Please use Naval Training Station Road ( West end of Admiral Kalbfus Rd. near rotary), Newport, for civilian vehicles attending Gerry's Mass.

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