Dr. Lawrence Vincent “Doc” Gallacher, age 83 of East Norwalk, passed peacefully while surrounded by his wife and children on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
Larry was born in Brooklyn, NY, the son of James Patrick and Agnes Milton Gallacher. He was the husband of Elizabeth Nancy (Pirundini) Gallacher for 58 loving years.
He was a research and development chemist, with his undergrad degree from Manhattan College and his Doctorate from Adelphi University. He is credited with dozens of patents in US and European markets, and acted as General Manager of King Industries in Norwalk. He served as president of the Marvin Beach Association, Westport Community Band, and was a past Commodore and President of the Shore and Country Club, where he kept his sailboat “Celeritas”, winning the Soverel 33 national championship on two occasions. He was affectionately known as “Doc” by his crew and around the marina.
Larry played an active role in his church as a saxophonist in the folk group, CCD teacher, and Eucharistic Minister. He had varied interests from playing and listening to jazz, to photography, to mentoring students with their science and math pursuits. He loved spending time at his Block Island retreat with his wife, children, grandchildren, and many friends.
He was predeceased by his brother James Milton Gallacher and grandson William Raymond Gallacher. In addition to his loving wife Betty, Larry is survived by his children: Mary Elizabeth Gallacher, Ann Marie (Anthony) Foley, Nancy (Tom) Orifici and James Gallacher (Jillian O’Farrell); 11 grandchildren: Zachary, Benjamin, Meghann, Taylor, Connor, Sarah, Ryan, Thomas, Elizabeth, Katherine, and Althea; his sister Doris Ann Briggs, sister-in-law Dorothy Pirundini, as well as nieces, nephews and other loving family.
His family will receive friends on Monday, Jan 16 from 4-8 pm at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave, Norwalk. His Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, 10am at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Ave, Norwalk, with burial to follow at St. John Cemetery in Norwalk. Memorial donations may be directed to Notre Dame Convalescent Home (please make checks to “S.S.T.V.”) 76 West Rocks Rd, Norwalk, CT 06851. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please go to http://www.magnerfuneralhome.com
Magner Funeral Home Inc. 12 Mott Avenue Norwalk, CT 06850 (203) 866-5553
Published in The Hour on Jan. 14, 2017
Gallacher, Lawrence Vincent [MC???? RIP]
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I believe that Lawrence is a member of the Class of 1957.
May He Rest In Peace.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Gallacher, Lawrence Vincent [MC1957 RIP]
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.
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