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John R. Gallagher, III

John R. Gallagher, III

May 17th, 1927 May 27th, 2019

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Obituary for John R. Gallagher, III

GALLAGHER, John R., III, son of John Robert, Jr and Margaret (Kelly) Gallagher, born May 17, 1927, of Mattapoisett and Falmouth, MA, and Wellington, FL, passed peacefully on May 27, 2019 at the age of 92.

John is the beloved husband of Katherine A. (Rikeman), loving father of Paul Gallagher of Concord, MA, Mary Gallagher Kuras of Grand Rapids, MI, and Heather Andersen and her husband Robert of Wilmington, MA. John is the cherished ‘Grandad’ of Benjamin and Emily Kuras, William Hird, and Caroline, Savannah, and John Robert Andersen. John is the dear brother of the late Gerard Gallagher of Medfield. Also survived by his devoted longtime caregivers and friends Alex DaFontoura and Javier Morales.

John was born and grew up in Newton, MA. He graduated from Boston College in 1951 and earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1955. He enlisted in the Army in 1945 and served his country as an Army Pilot during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He continued to work with the military in the Judge Advocate General, retiring from the military as a Lieutenant Colonel.

John built a successful business in Boston, MA, State Street Development Company, building beautiful housing for the elderly and low income properties for families in need. He believed that with great success came the responsibility to do great good. And he did. He gratefully shared his wealth, his knowledge, his time and his love.

John was a fierce family man. No matter the situation or the obstacle, he found a way to bring out the best outcome possible. When working with people, he was able to bring out the best in everyone around him so that each person succeeded in their own right and contributed to the larger goal. He ensured that everyone he loved was taken care of first, frequently sacrificing his own needs or happiness.

John was a devoted philanthropist who supported multiple charities and helped countless people. In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice, or an act of kindness to someone in need.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral Mass in St. Ignatius Church, 28 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill on Wednesday, June 5th , at 10 a.m. Visitation with the family will begin at 9am prior to the funeral Mass. John will be laid to rest at Bourne National Cemetery.

For directions or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.keefefuneralhome.com.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Saint Ignatius Loyola Church
    28 Commonwealth Avenue
    NEWTON, MA
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    Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
    9:00am - 10:00am
  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saint Ignatius Loyola Church
    28 Commonwealth Avenue
    NEWTON, MA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
    10:00am
  • Interment

    Interment Private
    Address Not Available

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Mich E.

Dear family,
Many happy memories of John be with you, and in times of sadness I hope that you will be comforted by these promises from the Scriptures, for Jehovah is the God of all comfort.
“Do not be anxious…..but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” Isaiah 26:4; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Philippians 4:6-7 NWT. Peace be with you.
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Donna C. Adams

Dear Kathy and family: So sad to hear of John’s passing. Jim and I thoroughly enjoyed any occasion that we spent in his company. His wit and kindness will be missed. We are better for having known John and the world is a less bright place that he is gone. Love you all. Cousin Donna, Jim and family❤️
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Melissa Bilodeau

John was an amazing man, Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather.
I can’t put into words how much he meant to me and how lucky I have felt for him to have been in my Life. Thinking of his entire family at this time. Love Melissa xx
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