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Gary D. Gallagher

April 22, 1951 - June 16, 2022


Obituary For Gary D. Gallagher

Age 71, on Thursday, June 16, 2022, of Baldwin.

Beloved husband of Deborah M. Gallagher; loving father of Gretchen (Pete) Vrotsos, Meggan (Andrew) Curran and Bridget (Tom) Kelton; cherished grandfather of Jackson Kelton, Riley Curran and Donovan Kelton; son of the late Earl Sr. and Lyrise Gallagher; brother of Keith (Leslie) Gallagher and the late Earl Gallagher, Jr. and James A. Gallagher; brother-in-law of Patricia Gallagher; son-in-law of the late James and Vera Moore; nephew of Lorraine (Dave) Herr. Gary was a lifetime member of Option Independent Fire Company where he served as Chief, Assistant chief, vice president and all line offices. He loved taking his 1972 Ford Gran Torino to car cruises with his grandsons. Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227 on Sunday, June 19, 2022 from 2-8 p.m., where a funeral service will be held in the Chapel on Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. If desired, family suggests contributions to Option Independent Fire Company, 825 Streets Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.

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  • 06/21/2022

    To the Gallagher family, I am sorry of hearing about Gary's passing. He was a great person and he was the person that welcomed me into option independent fire company as a business associate for helping with weather related problems in the Baldwin community.

  • 06/20/2022

    To the Gallagher family. We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We celebrate your memories of Gary and the gifts that he presented to the world. He has left a mark on the world that will forever be remembered. With Sympathy, Beth Banas and everyone at Angels' Place

  • 06/18/2022

    Debbie. Meghan, Andrew, Riley and all Gallagher family- What a privilege it was to know Gary. It was obvious to all that knew him that he lived life as a devout Christian and it showed in many ways. He touched the lives of innumerable people in the community with his years of loyal fire service. Always genuine, and with a great wit. Even more so, he was an incredible family man who always showed pride, involvement and love for his family- Debbie, 3 girls' and 3 grands. He will be missed . We are truly saddened to hear this news. ~ Barbara Fickley and Joyce Sternagel

  • 06/18/2022

    To all of the Gallagher Family. Please know all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. We all celebrate Gary's life and service he rendered to all he touched. Our deepest condolences Dan,Kim and David Herr, Linda,Paul and Andrew Weightman and Karen Herr-Young

  • 06/18/2022

    Our nephew was a man of great courage and honor balanced only by his compassion and quiet strength to his family and friends. Although we are unable to be with there physically , Gary will be always in our thoughts and hearts With all our love,Aunt Lorraine and Uncle Dave

  • 06/18/2022

    Gallagher Family - we're so sorry for your loss. We know how much he loved you all. - Jenn Fickley-Baker & family

  • 06/18/2022

    Debbie, Gretchen, Meggan and Bridget Gary was truly a good man, husband, father, grandfather and neighbor. He was always willing to help whenever asked. We were lucky to have Gary and your whole family in our lives. He will be truly missed. Mike, Michaelene, Brittney and Shane Landy

  • 06/18/2022

    Mr Gallagher was always kind and genuinely cared about myself and my family. He will be greatly missed. Amy Eperthener

  • 06/17/2022

    In June 2003 when my brother was dying from cancer, Mr. Gallagher & a fellow fireman responded to my sister-in-law's call for assistance at their Baldwin home. We were unable to transfer my brother from the couch to a hospital bed that had just been delivered. It was early evening & they came. With Mr. Gallagher's quiet leadership they respectfully, kindly, & gently lifted my brother into bed for his comfort & care. And spoke with him as though it had been no trouble at all. He was also so kind to my sister in law & acknowledged that his daughter Megan & my brother's daughter were Baldwin high school friends. I have always been so appreciative of him & have been praying for him through some of the illnesses that Mr. Gallagher endured. My prayers continue for his family now. He was a wonderful man to have been so kind & considerate & a true servant for the community over many years. I'm betting many more people have had similar experiences. Thank you Mr. Gallagher and Rest In Peace & eternal love & life. Addy Eperthener