2017-02-23 / Obituaries

Patrick Gallagher

Patrick Gallagher Patrick Gallagher Patrick Austin Gallagher, 58, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 8, 2017, surrounded by his wife, Jill, and family.

He was born in St. Ignace to Daniel and Scharline Gallagher, and he grew up in Alpena. He had resided in Bradenton, Florida, for many years.

Mr. Gallagher was the personification of “service to others.” If someone was in need, he would pursue an outcome that met or exceeded that need, often tapping into his network of contacts. With a glint in his eye and his wry grin, he was working out how to resolve the current problem, give the surprise, or achieve the goal. To Mr. Gallagher, all things were possible. He was a man of heart, balanced common sense, and a quiet determination.

He loved his wife and family and was the favorite uncle to his many nieces and nephews. He was a leader. He may have been the middle child of a family of nine; however, as an adult, he became the organizer of the tight-knit Gallagher family. He was kind, compassionate, and generous. These qualities were demonstrated in his many accomplishments. He enriched the lives of countless youth through his leadership with the many charitable organizations he was a part of, including the Jaycees, March of Dimes, Kiwanis Club, and the Elks Lodge. He took great pride in his annual work with the Toys for Tots program and the Florida Elks Youth Camp. A longtime active member of the Manasota Elks, Mr. Gallagher recently held the position of District Deputy to the Grand Exalter Ruler. He will be remembered for his work with the project, “Keep Manatee Beautiful.”

Mr. Gallagher recently retired from the Manatee School District after 17 years. He was selected as the County Wide Employee of the Year in 2014, an accomplishment in which he took great pride. While employed with the Manatee School District, he set several recycling records that are now included in the Guinness Book of World Records.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jill; five brothers and their families, Chuck and Cindy, Robert and Judy, Mike and Adele, Danny and Dona, and David and Ronda; two sisters and their families, Maryann and Robert Wcisel and Diane and Mike Kruse, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Gallagher was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Gallagher.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 25, at 10 a.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Bradenton, and also Sunday, February 26, at 2 p.m. at the Palmetto Elks Lodge in Palmetto, Florida.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Florida Elks Youth Camp, 24175 SE Highway 450, Umatilla, FL 32784.

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