J. James Gallagher of Forty-Fort passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born August
17, 1943 in Kingston, Jim was the son of the late Joseph and Helen Kelly Gallagher. He was a graduate of the former West Side Central Catholic High School, Kingston. Jim enjoyed his years as an Eagle Scout. He served as a Eucharist Minister at the former Holy Name /St. Mary’s Parish, Swoyersville and was a parishioner of the church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Kingston. He was employed in the financial services sector by Merrill Lynch, Dreyfuss and Old Mutual. Upon retirement he founded Gallaher Coaching and Consulting. He was a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus Assumpta Council # 3487. Jim served as a manager of the Forty-Fort Little League and belonged to the Wilkes-Barre Y.M.C.A. He was also a member of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Friendly Sons of St. Patrick serving as a toastmaster. For 45 years he was the Commissioner of the annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl and was Chairman of The Clubhouse. Jim had a way to make people feel warm and welcome. Preceding him death were sisters; a twin, Jean Gallagher and Ellen (Lynne) Gallagher White. Surviving are his wife ;the former Erin M. McCormack, sons; Jim Jr. (Caroline) ,Yardley, Mac (Paula) Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, Tony (Molly), Blue Bell, John (Amanda) Phoenixville, Dan (Holly), Havertown; sister Mary Jo McNamara, Maple Glen, twelve grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Funeral for Jim will be held Saturday afternoon at 12:30 PM from the Hugh P. Boyle & Son Funeral Home ,Inc. 416 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 PM in St. Ignatius Loyola Church, N. Maple Avenue, with Rev. Louis A. Grippi as celebrant and Rev. Joseph J. Pisaneschi as con-celebrant. Those planning on attending the mass are asked to go directly to the church. Internment will follow the mass in St. Ignatius Loyola Cemetery, Pringle. Friends are invited to a visitation with the family Friday from 4-8 PM. Memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be made to the Wilkes-Barre Y.M.C.A c/o Bernie’s Run, 40 W. Northampton Street. Wilkes –Barre, Pa .18701. To send a condolence or share a memory, visit Jim’s obituary at www.hughpboyleandsonfuneralhomeinc.com
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