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Obituary: Kathleen R. Gallagher

Kathleen R. Gallagher, wife of the late Edward A. Gallagher and longtime resident of Locust Valley and Baiting Hollow, NY and Vero Beach, FL, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 1, 2014 at her daughter’s home surrounded by family.

Mrs. Gallagher was born on May 8, 1924 to John and Kathleen Reilly of the Bronx. She had one older sister, Ednajane Checca, whom she adored. She proudly attended the Academy of Mount St. Ursula, the College of New Rochelle and graduated from Cornell University in 1945. A bit of a maverick in her time, while at Cornell and, unbeknown to her parents, she took flying lessons paid for with unspent food and gift money—notwithstanding that she had never previously been a passenger on a plane. She would often tell her children with a laugh that after sharing her excitement with her father, her mother put a stop to that learning experience.

After Cornell, Mrs. Gallagher earned her law degree at St. John’s University in 1951, graduating cum laude. It was there that she met her lifelong soul mate, Edward, a fellow law student. They moved to Glen Cove, where they were involved in the local community and St. Patrick’s Church. At the urging of local politicians and despite being nine months pregnant during the November 1963 election, Mrs. Gallagher ran on the Democratic ticket for Glen Cove City Court Judge. Despite losing, she always looked on that as a wonderful experience, especially as a woman at that time. A supportive and intelligent wife, she enjoyed the challenges and benefits of her husband’s career as a leader in the international telecommunications industry. His position afforded Mrs. Gallagher some of the most notable highlights of her life, of which she often spoke. A truly significant experience for Mrs. Gallagher arose as a result of His Holiness Pope Paul VI’s first and only visit to the United Nations, which was televised internationally. As a consequence of her husband’s professional involvement with this event, Mrs. Gallagher and her husband were invited to meet privately with His Holiness at the Vatican.

In Mrs. Gallagher’s own professional right, in the early 1970s she opened her real estate law and brokerage practice in Locust Valley handling both residential and commercial properties. With a true love of real estate, homes and people, and a keen intellect and heart for deal making, it was a perfect match for almost two decades.

She is survived by her children, Brian (Suellyn), Chris (Laura), Barbara (Frank) Erickson and Bernadette (Joseph) Gaffney, and grandchildren, Reid, Brian, Kyle, Kevin and Kathleen. Kathleen Gallagher was a woman of great faith, values, humor, dedication, determination and love for her husband of 53 years and for her family and friends. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated by The Very Rev’d Daniel Nash, Pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Glen Cove, NY. Burial followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to Alexander’s Angels, 425 North Broadway #486, Jericho, NY 11753.

News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

An expert’s tips on bringing the

best of your garden into your home

Right now, Oyster Bay is in bloom. From the well-tended gardens of Planting Fields to unmowed patches near the Shu Swamp preserve, flowers are not just beautify our community, they also are calling out to us to bring them inside our homes to add color and fragrance. You don’t hear them? Trust me, the flowers in your garden are even calling you by name.

But don’t just stuff a bouquet in a vase. Make them look as good and last as long as possible. To find out how to do that, as well as how to improve your backyard flora, I asked Scott Lucas, the greenhouse supervisor of Old Westbury Gardens for some advice. He invited to join him in his cutting garden.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



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