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Rollin T. Gallagher

April 3, 2015

Rollin T. Gallagher

Rollin T. Gallagher, formerly of Smithville, passed away Good Friday, April 3, 2015, at Country Manor Nursing and Rehab Centre, Carthage where he had resided since October 11, 2013.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Church on Friday, April 10, at 11AM with Rev. Steven Murray, pastor, presiding and burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery. There will be no calling hours and arrangements are entrusted to Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

Rollin was born in Watertown on June 24, 1927, the son of Edward and Marion Henderson Gallagher and he graduated from St. Francis De Sales School in Utica.

On June 14, 1945 he entered the US Navy and received the American Theater and World War II Victory Medals. Rolly was honorably discharged from active duty as a Seaman 2nd Class on July 25, 1946 and in 1950 from the Reserves.

On October 20, 1951 he married Gloria M. Ayers in Notre Dame Church, Ogdensburg with Rev. Floyd J. Brown officiating. Mrs. Gallagher died September 3, 2013.

Rollin worked for over 40 years as a bricklayer for Bricklayer & Allied Craft Workers Union Local #2. He was a former communicant of Holy Family Church and was a member of the American Legion Post 61, Knights of Columbus Council 350, and Bricklayers Union. He was an avid deer hunter and fisherman, belonging to several hunting clubs, including Handsome Pond Club, Tupper Lake. He enjoyed spending time in the Adirondack Mountains and at the family cottage on Point Peninsula. Rolly's true passion in life was the love for his wife and family. He was happiest when sharing stories with his siblings and surrounded by his family. He was a true Irishman who found great happiness in good conversation and hard physical work. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his five children, Brenda Lankford and husband, Robert, Perryville, MD, Robert and wife, Kathy, Point Peninsula, Erin Narrigan, Watertown, Steven and wife, Sue, Carthage, and Edward, address unknown; twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; sister, Peg Higgenbotham and husband, Tom, Jacksonville, FL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with his wife, Gloria, his three brothers, Robert of CA, Edward of Utica, and John of Watertown and his sister, Kay Brady of Watertown, died before him.

Donations in Rollin's name would be appreciated to Holy Family Church, 129 Winthrop St., Watertown, NY 13601.


#9 Linda Rupert 2015-11-03 21:53
I am Linda Rupert.I am Jean Woolseys daughter.I do remember the camp well.I hope you are doing welland i am sorry to see your dad pass.oct.3,2015
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#8 Vicky Martin Steen 2015-04-20 09:59
Brenda, Bob and family,
We are so sorry for you loss, I remember your Dad always full of laughter and fun.

God Bless, Vicky and Tim Steen
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#7 Steve Goss 2015-04-16 21:23
I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad and grandfather. He was such a terrific Dad to have. I have numerous memories of him taking a bunch of us bullhead fishing and smelting. And then there is the infamous building of the hockey nets (and liking it). I will always remember that he took the time to attend my Dad's funeral. I appreciated that more than he would ever know.
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#6 Tom and Patti Foley 2015-04-15 11:36
Our sincere condolences on your family's loss.
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#5 Matt Miller 2015-04-08 20:37
Eddie, Erin, Steve, and Bob,

I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. He was a good man and will be missed by all who knew him. So many good memories from over the years down at the lake...Your parents made everyone welcome at the Gallagher camp. It was a second home to me, that's for sure! Our deepest condolences to you all.

-Matt & Val Miller
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#4 Clare Mooney Carroll 2015-04-07 20:25
I was so sorry to learn that Rollin had passed away on Good Friday. He had worked as a bricklayer with my father, Thomas Mooney, President of the Bricklayers Union, for many years and my father thought highly of Rollin. We will keep Rollin and all of you, in our prayers.
Clare Mooney Carroll
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#3 Dick-Mike Ulmen 2015-04-06 07:19
He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a friend and mentor to many. We will miss Ronnie a good family friend.
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#2 Frank Coleman 2015-04-05 18:43
Sincere condolences to the Gallagher family. I have many nice memories of Mr. Gallagher. He was always a good guy and very easy to be around. Several times I would go to the Gallagher family home to find their son only to find him not there, but Mr. & Mrs. Gallagher insisting I come in and eat with them. Both were truly down to earth- wonderful people, and will be missed. Sincerely, Frank Coleman
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#1 Philip Carpenter 2015-04-05 11:16
My condolences to the family, I worked with Ron as a bricklayer back in the late 60's and early 70's. Great guy!
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