Joseph A. Gallagher
Joseph A. Gallagher passed away peacefully during a beautiful sunset in Seattle, Washington on October 17th. He was a friend to all with God-given gifts and talents and a pocket full of olive wood Crosses from Jerusalem given to cheer many a sad or weary person.
After serving his country honourably in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years, he went on to fresh fields after moving to Washington. His gentle soul led him from "First Sergeant" with "grown-ups" into the precious field of infant toddler care. He would appear in a nursery of teary babes and twenty minutes later everyone would be smiling and asleep.
He became an avid and passionate gardener, sharing seeds and plants with like-minded neighbors, and volunteered at the Blaine Senior Center. He joined the Ferndale School District's special education staff helping many children who never forgot him.
Joe was born a New Englander, growing up in a large family who loved to go fishin' together. He leaves behind his spouse Sandra, and siblings Rita, Michael, Cheryl and Brian; Alisa, Ellen, Christopher, Kimberly and their families; Uncle Al and Aunt Emily. His family in the U.K.: Rod and Sally David and family and Cathie Wilderbeest' and family. Uncle Bob and Aunt Barbara, Jean and family, Guenda and John, and many, many friends.
Joe was an extra-ordinary man of faith who will be deeply missed. We are assured if there are any wee cherubs in his new life they are already holding his hands.