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S. Robert (Bob) Gallagher

Posted By Obituaries On March 11, 2011 @ 3:37 PM In Lucan,Obituary | 61 Comments

S. Robert (Bob) Gallagher

Suddenly, as the result of a motor vehicle accident, on Thursday, March 10, 2011 of Poplar Hill in his 76th year. Best friend and beloved husband for 53 years of Donna (Stanley) Gallagher. Dear father of James and Amy Gallagher of Fort Myers, Florida, Laura and Sandy Vazquez of St. Thomas, Brenda Gallagher and Rick Whitcroft of Poplar Hill and Heather and Eric Smith of Clarkston, Michigan. Dear grandfather of Jeremy and Abby Gallagher; Benjamin, Nicholas, Nigil, Christopher Vazquez; Zachariah, Nadia and Nathaniel Smith. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Mary Ferris of Burlington, Jean and Derek Cooke of Maberly, Nancy Carere of London, Katy and Hans Heyerman of Hastings, Marion Barr of Lucan and Iva and David Ethridge of Key West, Florida. Dear son and son-in-law of the late Lloyd and Jean Gallagher and the late Ivan and Florence Stanley. Predeceased by his granddaughter Emma Smith. Bob was a member of the Board of Shute Institute, Past Master of the Tuscan Lodge, Past Commander and District Commander of the Power and Sail Squadron, an active Rotarian in London and Strathroy, active in the Probus Club of Strathroy, former owner of Gallagher Motors and retired from the City of London – Property and Economic Development Departments.

Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Lucan on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. The funeral service will be held at St. George’s Anglican Church, 12656 Thirteen Mile Road (just west of Denfield Road, see below for a map) on Monday, March 14th at 11 AM with Father Daniel Bowyer officiating. Interment St. George’s Cemetery, Middlesex Centre.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army, the Rotary Foundation or St. George’s Anglican Church would be appreciated by the family.




S. Robert (Bob) Gallagher

Condolences for the family of “S. Robert (Bob) Gallagher”

Condolence from Claire Rumjan on March 11th, 2011 4:03 PM

Dear Donna and Family: It was only this past Monday that I was speaking with you when trying to reach Bob. I want to take this time to extend my sincere condolences on your loss. I and others within our club always looked forward to seeing Bob on Tuesdays at our meetings. On the rare occasion that he missed a meeting, we immediately noticed his absence. Now that we have lost him forever, it will take some time to adjust to his absence. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you cope with your loss. Sincerely,
Claire Rumjan
Secretary
Rotary Club of Strathroy

Condolence from Leslie Ovens on March 11th, 2011 5:11 PM

Oh Donna, I am heartbroken for you and your family.

Condolence from Larry and Sandra Hern on March 11th, 2011 11:12 PM

Dear Donna and all your Family,
We were so saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Bob.
Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Bob was such a wonderful man…a loving husband, father and Grandfather you will all miss so much.
I will always remember him as that good looking guy that used to come and pick up the love of his life, Donna, in his sporty convertible!
Love,
Sandra and Larry.

Condolence from Debra & Clare McRobert on March 12th, 2011 5:52 AM

To Donna and family. We extend our sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your dear husband, father and grampa. We send our regrets that we cannot be with you on Monday. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

Condolence from Carol and Neil Suter on March 12th, 2011 8:07 AM

We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you and you family.

Lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.

Condolence from Jeff Evans on March 12th, 2011 9:02 AM

Bob was an inspirational leader within CPS and a valuable personal friend for me. He will be missed by many.

I am in Quebec this week and cannot attend the service but I know many other Power Squadron brethren will represent me.

Cecily and my thoughts are with Donna and her family.

Regards,

Jeff Evans,
Past District Commander
Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons
Brights Grove, Ontario

Condolence from Bill & Wendy Weekley on March 12th, 2011 9:32 AM

We are deeply saddened by Bob’s sudden passing. Our deepest sympathy goes to the Gallagher family for their tragic loss.

Bill & Wendy Weekley
Church of the Transfiguration

Condolence from Tom Lawson on March 12th, 2011 9:59 AM

Donna & Family
Heartfelft condolences to you.
Bob was such a great leader within the Rotary Family and elsewhere.
We will all miss him.
Sincerely
Tom Lawson

Condolence from Ellen Standret (Tink’s daughter) on March 12th, 2011 10:12 AM

So so saddened to hear of this tragic loss to our family. I know the Gallagher clan will come together for support and eventually laughter remembering Bob. Can just imagine the party when he sees his mom and dad again, hope Uncle Lloyd brings a watermelon. Love to you all

Condolence from Clair Whalen on March 12th, 2011 10:14 AM

You have our sincere condolences on the loss of your husband, father, grandfather. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought.

Clair & Mike

Condolence from Deb & Dale Hughes on March 12th, 2011 10:17 AM

Donna & Family –

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Bob & Donna’s presence brightened the many Power and Sail Squadron events they attended. He will be dearly missed.

Bob always had a smile and supportive words for me while I was at the helm of the London Powwer and Sail squadron. His support was so appreciated and I will remember him fondly.

My husband sat with him at one of the recent LPSS events and thoroughly enjoyed his stories and the delight that he held for his family and grandchildren.

Our thoughts are with you…

Deb & Dale Hughes

Condolence from Dan and Tink Standret on March 12th, 2011 10:35 AM

Dear Donna and all your family,
We were shocked to hear of Bob’s tragic death.
He was the wonderful “leader” for all the his cousins and will be sorely missed.
With sympathy and love,
Tink and Dan and our family

Condolence from Brian and Doris Holt on March 12th, 2011 11:14 AM

Dear Donna, We are crushed by this dreadful news, we have known you for so long, and shared so many times together, we just do not know where to start. We can’t make the funeral but will have you in our hearts now, and for many times, to come.
Once again we are so sorry for your tragic loss.
Doris and Brian Holt

Condolence from DOUG AND MARY LELAND on March 12th, 2011 12:19 PM

Donna and family, We too feel much remorse for your tragic loss. Please remember that the man upstairs must have had a real need for a great person. Our heats and our love goes out to you and your wonderful family. We didn’t get to see you both so often being so far away but will certainly miss Bob’s smilin facce and his great generosity.

Condolence from Jack Wittig on March 12th, 2011 1:32 PM

Dear Donna
I don’t really have words ! I know what its like to sudenly loose a lifes partener (my Barb). My heart goes out to you!
Your Friend in Canadian Power&Sail Squadrons
Past District Commander Jack Wittig

Condolence from Bob and Darlene Parke on March 12th, 2011 1:37 PM

Please accept our deepest sympathy at the loss of Bob an old and dear friend,thru the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron.We are presently out of the country and we’ll be unable to express our condolences in person. Donna,you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Larry Draho on March 12th, 2011 1:52 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I worked with Bob when I was London’s Planning Director. He was always helpful and had a great sense of humour.

Condolence from Ellen E. Hall & Wayne Phillips on March 12th, 2011 2:08 PM

We are thinking of you and all the family at such a very sad time.

Love,
Ellen & Wayne xoxox

Condolence from Ron & Sharon Barr on March 12th, 2011 2:36 PM

Aunt Donna, Jim & Amy, Laura & Sandy, Brenda & Rick, Heather & Eric,

What a terrible shock this must have been for all of you. My deepest sympathies, and know that you have all been in my thoughts and prayers these past few days.

I’ll always remember Uncle Bob as a happy, cheerful guy who clearly loved and cherished all of you. The questionable weather forecasts and the long drive preclude me from coming to offer my condolences in person.

Lean on each other, and try to think of all the wonderful things he meant to you.

Love Ron & Sharon

Condolence from Vere Shute on March 12th, 2011 3:18 PM

Dear Donna;
Please accept my condolences at Bob’s parting. I have such clear and happy memories of who Bob was to me and my family. He let me drive his 1953 Ford car when I was a puppy. Bob was my hockey idol when he played for the Medway Cowboys, such a gentleman and how he could carve quick turns on the ice. He was my brother Jim’s best friend and when they were together there were many funny times. It’s odd for me now, to think of what a strong presence he was in my life when I was just a young boy.

I will carry these and other fond memories of this wonderful man.

Condolence from Doug Barr on March 12th, 2011 3:26 PM

Dear Aunt Donna, Jim & Amy, Laura & Sandy, Brenda & Rick, Heather & Eric and families,

Sadly, circumstances are such that I can’t be with the family to mourn the tragic passing of Uncle Bob, and to celebrate an exemplary life. Uncle Bob was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, but also was a model of a truly altruistic life with his tireless efforts for his fellow man through the Rotary and other organizations he worked for and managed through many years of service. His work as family historian will be treasured by many of us for years to come. He will be dearly missed.

With my deepest sympathy and condolences.

Doug

Condolence from Gerry Legg on March 12th, 2011 4:29 PM

My sincere condolence.

Condolence from Jack & Dana Garrett on March 12th, 2011 4:50 PM

Our deepest sympathy to Donna & family for the loss of your dear husband & father. Please know that we are thinking of you at this sad time.
Sincerely,
Jack & Dana

Condolence from Millie Gremonprez on March 12th, 2011 4:53 PM

Dear Laura and Donna,
My heart goes out to both of you at this incredibly sad time. I trust that your strong family ties and faith will sustain you both now and down the road as you adjust to such a terrible loss.

In deepest sympathy,
Millie

Condolence from Eric Siegrist and Debi Perna on March 12th, 2011 5:21 PM

Dear Donna and family:
We are very sorry to hear of your loss. We always enjoyed chatting with Bob at family reunions and he will be greatly missed. Please know that we are thinking of you.

love,
Eric & Debi

Condolence from Barbara Ovens Cairney and Jim Oliver on March 12th, 2011 6:13 PM

Dear Donnna, Jim & Amy, Laura & Sandy, Brenda & Rick, Heather & Eric and families
We are so very sorry to hear of the tragic and sudden loss of your wonderful husband and father . That was such a shock.
We will always remember him with great love and respect.
He will always be appreciated for his extensive work on the familytree.
He was always so knowledge about all things.
A true inspiration to all.
Unfortunately we will not be able to come to the funeral or visitation to share our condolances with you , but our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time
He will truly be missed.
Deepest Sympathy and love
Barbara and Jim

Condolence from Jennifer Howley on March 12th, 2011 6:34 PM

Brenda and family
Keeping you in my thoughts during this time. Please keep memories of your dad close to your heart and carry them forever.
Take care
Jennifer

Condolence from Margaret Whitcroft on March 12th, 2011 7:46 PM

You have my sincere condolences in the loss of your Husband, Father, Grandfather. My heart goes out to you in our time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Margaret Whitcroft

Condolence from Iva Stanley & David Ethridge on March 12th, 2011 7:52 PM

Dear Donna,

What a terrible loss for you. Bob’s passing, being so unexpected, makes it hard to believe it is real. I am sure it is a great comfort to have all of your children with you. As I watched them grow, it was obvious how much they loved their father and what he continues to mean to them. They will dearly miss him, as will so many people whose lives he touched. I am sorry that David and I cannot be with you as we are visiting Seamus in California. Our prayers are with you now and in the difficult days to come.

Love Iva

Condolence from Diane and Mike O’Shea on March 12th, 2011 7:59 PM

Dear Brenda and Family,

So very very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Please accept our sympathy.
The O’Shea family

Condolence from Séamus Ethridge & Adrienne Veillette on March 12th, 2011 8:04 PM

Aunt Donna and the Gallagher family

We are very sorry for your loss. Though it is part of the natural order of life for one to pass on, it is always hardest for the ones left behind. I hope our best thoughts help in your time of grief.

Séamus and Adrienne

Condolence from Sandi Letts on March 12th, 2011 9:34 PM

Brenda and Rick, My sincere condolences to you and your family on your sudden and tragic loss of your father. Your father was a very involved and special person and will be missed by many groups that he was affiliated with and the people whose lives he touched. There are no comforting words that can possibly be expressed but know that I am thinking of you and your family as you look for comfort among yourselves. My heartfelt sympathy to all of you…..Sandi Letts , The London Horticultural Society

Condolence from Jack and Sharon Cowin and family on March 12th, 2011 9:36 PM

Dear Donna and all the family
We Cowins far away in Australia are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. I hope all the wonderful memories you have of Bob with his great laugh and positive attitude will be a comfort to you. Wish we could be with you for the funeral. Lots of love cousin Sharon and family

Condolence from Chris Schooley on March 13th, 2011 7:07 AM

Dear Donna :

Bob’s passing saddens all of his friends at CPS and he will be deeply missed. He was both and inspiration and mentor to all of us.

Chris Schooley
District Commander WOD

Condolence from Bob and Carol Jones on March 13th, 2011 10:08 AM

Donna and Family
It was a great to shock to hear of Bob’s tragic passing. We wish to convey our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult circumstance.

Condolence from Leesa McLellan on March 13th, 2011 11:12 AM

So sad to hear. My thoughts are with you, Donna, and the family.

Condolence from Jennifer Grant on March 13th, 2011 11:28 AM

Dear Brenda and Laura.
I just wanted to leave a note expressing my sympathy. I am so glad you shared your stories of your family with us at our meetings. The love and concern you both expressed for your Dad showed in everything you talked about. Thank you both for being such wonderful people. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and for your family.
Jennifer Grant

Condolence from Jake & Irene Fehr on March 13th, 2011 12:17 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Nancy, and to your loved
ones.
Please accept our deepest condolence.

Jake & Irene Fehr

Condolence from Bob and Fay Jackson on March 13th, 2011 2:08 PM

Dear Donna and family,

We have just returned from a ski vacation with our children and grandchildren and received Marion’s voice mail about Bob. Words cannot express how shocked and saddened we are to hear the news. This is a difficult time for you I am sure but may the love and support of friends and family and the decades of happy memories give you the strength to deal with your grief.

Bob had such a zest for life and was quite involved in his community. He has left a wonderful legacy.

In his honour we will offer a donation to the Salvation Army and foodbank.

I am sorry we are unable to attend the funeral but our thoughts and prayers are wilth you. Ron and his family are on a cruise but I will inform them of this tragedy as soon as he gets home.

Love Bob and Fay

Condolence from The Cardinals on March 13th, 2011 2:27 PM

Dear Jim, Amy, Jeremy and Abby,
So sorry to hear about your Dad. Please pass on our condolences to your mom and the rest of your family. We are thinking of you from PEI.
Love
Dave, Ainslea and Deanna

Condolence from Archie and Anne Skirving on March 13th, 2011 5:18 PM

Donna and Family,

May Anne and I express our sympathy to you, on Bob’s sudden death.
We have fond memories of you during our time together at the Church of the Transfiguration.

May Bob rest in peace and may God comfort you.

Archie Skirving.

Condolence from Walter(Bus) & Anne Spaunburg on March 13th, 2011 6:39 PM

Donna & Family; Our condolances Have fond memories of Bob with Power Squadron functions with Erie Shores,and District.
Sincere Sympathy Bus & Anne

Condolence from Fernanda Morley on March 13th, 2011 8:41 PM

Dear Laura and Brenda

It was with profound sadness and shock when I heard the news from Christine about the sudden death of your beloved Father.
My heartfelt condolences to both of you and your Family.
My thoughts are with you, my prayers are being sent to all of you.

With Love
Fernanda

Condolence from Jane and Charles Magri on March 13th, 2011 9:55 PM

Dear Laura and Brenda,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. it was always so heartwarming to hear of your stories of growing up with your family. May your father always be remembered through those touching memories.

Condolence from Bernie and Jill Stanley on March 13th, 2011 11:57 PM

E. Tolle wrote “Even within the seemingly most unacceptable and painful situation is concealed a deaper good, and within every disaster is contained the seed of grace.” We hope you find “the peace that passeth all understanding.”
Our deepest condolences.
Jill and Bernie

Condolence from Amanda Antal on March 13th, 2011 11:58 PM

Dear Laura and Brenda,
I am so sorry to hear the shocking news of your father’s passing. May you find comfort in each other during this difficult time of transition. My prayers are with you.
Blessings,
Amanda Antal

Condolence from Judy Nedeau on March 14th, 2011 7:46 AM

Dear James, Amy and the entire Gallagher family,

Please accept my deepest sympathies on your loss. James and Amy, you are in my thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time and I send you my love and hugs.

Judy

Condolence from Robert and Wanda Dack on March 14th, 2011 7:50 AM

Donna: We are in Florida and are shocked by the news of your sudden loss. We are reflecting on many good memories of Bob and thinking of you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Mia King on March 14th, 2011 8:45 AM

Dear Brenda and family,
I am sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Mia

Condolence from Jane and Mary McGrath on March 14th, 2011 9:59 AM

So very sorry about Bob. Pam called and we all are shocked and so sad. He was a kind person and will be missed by all including Medway friends.–MM

Condolence from Thom and Lisa DaSilva on March 14th, 2011 11:02 AM

To Jim, Amy, Jeremy and Abby (and the entire Gallagher Clan) – we are so very sorry for the sudden loss of your father/grandfather. We only had the opportunity to visit with Mr. Gallagher a few times over the years, but we recall he always lit up a room and made people around him feel good. We hope that all of the lovely memories that a remarkable man like him leaves his loved ones help to sustain you through the days ahead. With much love and sympathy…Thom, Lisa, Sara and Aaron DaSilva.

Condolence from Laura Hudson on March 14th, 2011 12:46 PM

Donna and Family:

My thoughts and prayers are with you. May fond memories ease your
grief and bring you comfort at this difficult time.
Laura.

Condolence from Katie & Jay Ebel on March 14th, 2011 1:34 PM

Dear Brenda and Family,
We’re so sorry and deeply saddened for the sudden loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of great sorrow.
Sincerely,
The Ebel Family

Condolence from Wor. Bro. Claude Turner on March 14th, 2011 4:13 PM

Fraternal Regards
We cherish his memory in our hearts.
Wor. Bro. Claude Turner
Secretary
The Tuscan Lodge 195
London, Ontario

Condolence from Wanda Versteegh on March 14th, 2011 4:14 PM

Dear Donna and Family
I would like to extend my sincere condolences to you and your family. I will miss seeing Bob’s smile at our Strathroy Rotary Club meeting. We all will miss him dearly. He was a wonderful man.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Wanda Versteegh
President Elect
Rotary Club of Strathroy

Condolence from Ernie And Elizabeth Martin on March 14th, 2011 7:41 PM

Donna,
As you may be aware Elizabeth’s and my activities have been curtailed by health problems for the past several months. For this reason we are unable to attend the service for Bob, a long time friend and a man for whom I had great admiration and respect. We went a long way back to when we spent a short time together in Al Sinnot’s office. I have fond memories of our working together in Rotary
Please accept our sincere condolences. We pray that God will cmfort you and your family.
Elizabeth and Ernie Martin

Condolence from Sue Orfald & Paul Duchene on March 14th, 2011 9:57 PM

Dear Jim & Amy and all the Gallagher family,
We were very saddened to hear the news about your father/grandfather/husband/loved one- Bob passing on. The few times we met him he was full of cheer and laughs and stories. I imagine he will be sorely missed. I’m glad to have met him. You are in our thoughts.
Sue & Paul

Condolence from Kaye Nicholls on March 17th, 2011 9:33 PM

Laura, Brenda and family,

You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. May you be blessed with the remembrance of many beautiful memories. Do take time to share these memories with each other.

I just spent a few days with my dad’s brother and he shared stories of their childhood. He gave me copies of some stories he had typed up and it brought me to tears but it was good for both of us to talk about the past.

Words, however kind,
can’t mend your heartache: ,
but those who care and ,
share your loss wish you,
comfort and peace of mind.,
May you find strength,
in the love of family,
and in the warm embrace,
of friends.,

Love and blessings,
Kaye

Condolence from John and Wendi Schwindt on March 18th, 2011 5:00 PM

Brenda…we were so sorry to hear about your dad. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Condolence from Kim North on March 21st, 2011 8:41 PM

Laura and Brenda,

It was so nice to meet with you both at the baby blessings at Christine’s
My thoughts of peace and love are with you and your family at this time.
Take care.
Kim xo

Condolence from Angela Alvarenga (Exchange student from Brazil – 1980)) on October 9th, 2011 9:34 PM

Dear Donna and family, it´s been a long time since I was an exchange student up in Canada. A few minutes ago, trying to reach all of you searching on facebook and google, I unfortunately found out about this tragic loss. My condolences…

P.S: If any of you, have the email address of any family member, please write me an email, I would love to keep in touch with all of them. my email:angelaalvarengabrandao@hotmail.com

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