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Owen James Gallagher

May 20, 1942 ~ December 8, 2018 (age 76)

Owen James “Coach” Gallagher passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday December 8, 2018, at the age of 76.

Owen is survived by his wife of 54 years, Charlotte Gallagher of Aberdeen, NC.  His brother William Gallagher of Henderson, NV.   His children Owen Gallagher of Granby, CT, Edith Gallagher & partner Kathleen of Mansfield, PA, Kirsten Simmons & Husband Doug of Durham, NC, & Eric Gallagher and wife Tracy of Carmel, NY.  He adored spending time with his 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

He was born in Danbury, Ct., to the late to the late William James and Edith May ( Hall) Gallagher. He had a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching from the University of Bridgeport and a Master’s of Education from, Western CT State College.  He taught for 35 years in Newtown, CT.  He coached boys and girls in a variety of sports for 40 years, including supporting Jump Rope for Heart.  He was an avid reader and outdoorsman who enjoyed sharing that love of the outdoors with others, especially his hunting/fishing partner of 48 years Dr. David Zolov.   He attended the Sandhills Community College Automotive Department for 18 years.

He was an Adopt a Highway Volunteer of NC for 19 years.  He served on the Aberdeen Planning Board and received the NC Governors Volunteer Service Award in 2013.  He also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Coalition for Human Care.

A gathering of friends and family will take place in Newtown, Ct on Sat., June 22, 2019, 1-3 @ a site to be determined. Burial will be private.

In lieu of Flowers contributions can be made to the Coalition for Human Care or Habitat for Humanity of NC Sandhills. 

Powell Funeral Home Crematory is assisting the Gallagher family. 

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