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John William P. Gallagher, USAF (Retired)December 04, 1935 – December 30, 2015
John W. P. Gallagher, 80, of Hampton, VA passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 after a number of years battling Alzheimer’s.
John was born in Troy, NY on December 4, 1935.
He served his country honorably for 24 years in the USAF. He spent a good part of his career flying heads of state to various parts of the country. He was a Flight Chief for H-IN and HH-34 helicopters. In addition, he was an advisor to the Royal Thai Air Force, Southeast Asia, with special assignments to Greenland, Darian Gap, Panama and Turkey. Medals included Air Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, and Air Force Commendation Medal.
As a civilian employee, he served several Logistics Manager Positions for government contracts. He was a hard worker and devoted husband and father.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Virginia Irene Gallagher. Also surviving are his son, Rob Gallagher; two daughters, Terry Gallagher and Lonnie Gallagher; two step-daughters, Dianna Raley and Melody Clark; step-son, Christopher Crowley; brothers, Robert Gallagher of Troy, NY, Michael Gallagher of California; sister, Lorraine Kazan of North Carolina; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 11 am on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Parklawn Memorial Park.
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Saturday, January 02, 2016Dear Aunt Ginny,What an interesting person Uncle Jack was. He always seemed to enjoy being with his family and he gave the best hugs. He loved you so much and he was always proud of you. He enjoyed telling people what a great cook you were! He will be missed and we send you our sympathy and love.~Diane & Bob, Hanford, California
Thursday, December 31, 2015Aunt Ginny we are sorry for your loss. Uncle Jack was one of a kind. I will always remember his stories. Our family always enjoyed his visits.~Alisa, East Granby, Connecticut