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Brendan Gallagher

February 2, 1939 ~ December 8, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Brendan Gallagher Obituary

PALMER – Brendan Gallagher, 84, of PALMER, formerly of Ware, died with his family by his side on Friday, December 8, 2023 at CareOne in Millbury.

He was born in Worcester, son of George V. and Marion J. (Hall) Gallagher and moved to Ware, MA with his family as a small child. He attended Ware Public Schools, graduating in 1958 from Ware High School where he played varsity basketball and was selected a Western Mass all-star player in 1958.

He leaves a brother, William F. Gallagher and his wife Maureen of Palmer; two sisters, Gail M. Finnegan of Paxton with whom he lived his last few months and Deborah M. Lydon of Charlton; a brother-in-law David Lynch of Palmer; his nephews: Timothy Lynch, Kevin Lynch, Mark Gallagher and John Finnegan; nieces: Mary Pat Finnegan, Kathleen Finnegan-Smith, Deirdre Shea, Sheila Witt, Kathleen Gallagher, Sharon Blazejowski, Eileen Smith and Emma Adkins; many grand and great-grand nephews and nieces. Preceding Brendan in death were his sister, Patricia M. Lynch; nephew Kenneth P. Gallagher; brothers-in-law John F. Finnegan and Raymond T. Lydon.

Brendan served in the U.S. Marine Corps attaining the rank of Lance Corporal. He shared many stories with his family about his time on board the USS Hermitage during a United Nations Goodwill tour to South America and Africa. The end of the tour was diverted to participate in the Cuban Missile Crisis blockade.  He worked for Noonan Energy in Palmer, retiring in 2015.  His extended family was important to him. He enjoyed family gatherings, where he could be heard singing Irish ballads and laughing at a good joke.

Brendan was a man of deep faith with trust in God. He was a devout Catholic and active member of St. Thomas of the Apostle Church in Palmer.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1076 Thorndike St, Palmer, MA.  Calling hours are at the church from 9:30 – 11:00 am before the Mass. Burial with Military Honors will be in the spring at New Saint William Cemetery, Ware. Arrangements are in the care of Rice Funeral Home, 300 Park Ave, Worcester.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Brendan's memory may be made to St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1076 Thorndike St, Palmer, MA 01069.

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January 13, 2024

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Thomas the Apostle Church - Palmer
1076 Thorndike St
Palmer, MA 01069

Funeral Mass
January 13, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Thomas the Apostle Church - Palmer
1076 Thorndike St
Palmer, MA 01069


St. Thomas the Apostle Church - Palmer
1076 Thorndike St, Palmer MA 01069


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