In Memory

Richard Gallagher

Richard Gallagher

Richie worked for U.S. Postal Service as a Letter Carrier and was on Executive Board of Carriers Union serving as Trustee and Health Benefits Representative. He retired from the Postal Service and Union in 1995, but continued on as Manager and Treasurer of the Letter Carriers Credit Union. Richie also served as President of L.I. District New York State Credit Union League and as member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Credit Union League. He retired from these positions in 2011.

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01/13/15 09:05 AM #1    

James Schwab

  I have a very clear vision of Richard and Robert walking down Oceanside Road together headed for School # 5. From our first meeting, probably in Mrs. Grimshaw's kindergarten to 1963 graduation the twin brothers were the very quintessence of gentlemen and an honor for me to know. Like so many lost touch with through the years it is with great sadness that I communicate at this time. Richard was a dear man and an important childhood friend and member of our Oceanside community. My condolences to you Robert and all the Gallagher family at this difficult time.

                                                                                      With sincerest sympathy, Jim


01/13/15 09:59 AM #2    

Judd Hulbert

I was so sorry to hear about Richard's passing. We were friends in high school and I always enjoyed his sense of humor. My prayers go out to the rest of his family... Sincerely, Judd Hulbert

01/13/15 06:11 PM #3    

Roger Bennett

As much as I always enjoy speaking with good friend Bob Gallagher... his phone call to me yesterday was not a happy one. Richie now gone?... How can this be?.. The world is now a far poorer place...

Richie and brother Bob where close friends of mine from our bicycle days. I knew their family well, and thought the world of theml. We shared many adventures and misadventures both in and out of school. Pranks, silliness, cupcakes thrown on the ceilings and worse... as we joyfully grew up together. Bringing a car full of fireworks back from the city in Brian Moriarty's old Chevy got all 3 of us arrested and put in jail. Labeled as a "bad influence"... Richie's mother held me responcible, but eventually forgave me. I can still see Brian chuckling in amusement at the befuddled police who tried their hardest to teach us a lesson.. Ha Ha... and now I can laugh at it too!

Richie was joyfull, and full of exuberance, enthusiasm, and real affection for others! I loved his smile, his laughter, and his sense of humor. With the Gallagher brothers, I learned to love both Scungili and Rum & Cokes, ceremonialy consumed at the Villa Rose in RVC on Merrick Road.

First cars, First loves... Richie and Bob were there. I cherish all of those memories Richie... and wherever you now are... I miss and love you as a friend, and a member of "MY" family! Please check in on us once in a while old pal, and make a silly face! We'll see you again............. Roger

01/13/15 11:16 PM #4    

Brian Moriarty

I feel obligated to reach out to so an enlightened spirit as Richie for his love of life at a young age as we were yet so vulnerable and naive and full of the Holy Spirit only in our case at the inoportune time. You have redeemed yourself with a very fruitful family and off spring to carry on your adventurous endeavors , I am proud to have met your acquaintance Richard and may you be the hands of God as you deserve to be ,Amen , Brian 

01/13/15 11:37 PM #5    

Web Admin Terry Kaylin (Smith)

I remember Richie with great fondness, and especially remember his twinkling eyes, and all around kindness. He was one of the first members of our website, and was very excited about the reunion. He had hoped to attend, but as it got closer, he sent an email saying unfortunately his health wouldn't allow him to travel. Richie told me how much he enjoyed looking at the reunion photos, and the opportunity to reconnect with friends through the website.

Sending deep condolences to his brother Bob, and the entire Gallagher family. 

01/14/15 11:41 AM #6    

Margot Danziger (Brozost)

Just read the sad news of Richard's passing. As other's mentioned, his smile and twinkle of mischief will always be remembered with a smile ..Sending deepest sympathies to the entire Gallagher family especially Bob---twins do have a special bond. Margot

01/14/15 02:23 PM #7    

Lew Barrett

I'm sorry to learn of this sad news.  Sincerest condolances to our fine  classmate's family. 

10/28/15 04:48 PM #8    

Arnold Levine

so sad to learn of Ritchie's passing. He was such a kind/ gentle soul. I have only the fondest memories of him.

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