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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

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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