William M. Gallagher passed away on April 8, 2018, in Colorado Springs. He was 90 years old. He had been a resident of the Springs for 1 year, having previously resided in Cheshire, CT.
Bill was born on May 10, 1927, in New Haven, CT, to William M. Gallagher and Margaret Spose Gallagher. Before joining the US Army, Bill was an amateur boxer and an enthusiastic fan of all sports. He achieved the rank of Staff Sgt. and was stationed in Berlin, Germany during World War II. After leaving the service, He earned a BA in Biology at UCONN and went on to sell medical equipment and pharmaceutical supplies.
In September of 1954 he married his wife, Nancy (formerly Lawlor) – during Hurricane Edna(!), then settled in Cheshire, CT, where they lived for 64 years. Having grown up during the depression, he became proficient in plumbing, electrical work, and woodworking, and rarely paid for repairs. Bill was a member of the Cheshire Community Theatre, as well as being an avid golfer, bowler, chess player, and reader. He loved classical music as well as Opera, and had recently developed an ear for Abba. Bill became a lifelong fan of the UCONN women’s basketball team until his death.
Bill valued efficiency, self-sufficiency and hated waste; he liked to find ways to do things inexpensively. He eventually came to the conclusion that this often meant it was better for him do things himself, so he taught himself a variety of different skills and trades. Quality mattered to him; he believed in doing things right the first time.
He had a quirky sense of humor; he loved wordplay and was renowned for telling funny, meandering stories; before he got started he’d ask “do you want the long version or the short version?” He enjoyed entertaining, being with his friends and family; he taught his kids to love good music, food, and books, reading to them every night before bed.
Bill and Nancy made a point to always attend every one of their kids’ sporting events. He spent time with all of them, teaching them how to play, how to catch and throw; he enjoyed watching them do well and see his coaching in action. He and Nancy were a great team. They made sure that the kids always had fun, interesting vacations, and started college funds for all of them when they were very small. He made sure that they got the right start, that his appreciation for quality translated into a strong foundation upon which they could build. He did it right the first time.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Gallagher; his children Daniel, Patricia, Margaret, Elizabeth and his granddaughter, Kate. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lois Faulkner Johns, who passed on February 2, 2014.
Bill Gallagher’s family would like to extend a big thank you to the Compassus Hospice team.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bill’s memory to the Salvation Army; he was very impressed with their support of the troops during the war.
Services are under the direction of Return to Nature Funeral Home, Colorado Springs, Colorado www.returntonaturecolorado.com