Wallter Gallant, 87, of Largo, FL, passed away on May 30, 2012 with his wife Patsy, daughter Maureen and close friends by his side.
Born on May 19, 1925 in Boston, MA. he moved to Burlington, MA in 1955 where he raised his five children with his wife of 58 years Maureen (Larkin) Gallant. After losing his wife Maureen in 2002, he later married Mary "Patsy" Sanderson whom he shared eight years of marriage.
Walter enlisted in the Navy at 16 (lying about his age) and was immediately sent overseas. During the invasion of the Marshall Islands his ship was sunk by a shore battery. As one of the surivors, he was taken to Pearl Harbor for treatment and then sent home for a 30 day survival leave. The transport ship returning wounded soldiers to the States was hit by a torpedo just 10 miles off the the Golden Gate Bridge and sank. After surviving the sinking of two ships and the loss of his left eye he was sent home to Boston to recover at the Chelsea Naval Hospital. Upon his discharge from the hospital, he married his childhood sweetheart, Maureen Larkin..
After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Walter was employed as a machinist at Lawson Tool and Machine in Malden, MA for 20 years and later at the Wire Belt Corp. in Woburn, MA. As his family grew he often held down as many as three jobs simultaneously. In 1968 he started a rug cleaning business with his oldest son, Kevin, and in 1970 he opened Burlington Rent Tool with his youngest son, Rick. Years later after attending night school to learn carpentry with his son, Kevin, he started a very successful business called Gallant Services. Along with his two sons they provided janitorial, carpentry, landscaping, and plowing to the Middlesex Industrial Park in Burlington. A thriving landscaping business to this day.
With his wife, Patsy, Walter continued to enjoy the beautiful weather and warmth of close friends during his many years in Florida. Weekly dining and dancing, golfing, and time spent with lifelong friends visiting from Burlington were treasured times. Active in his community of the Palm Hill Country Club, he and Patsy traveled to many areas of the United States and enjoyed Cruises to Hawaii, the Carribean and Alaska. They were also volunteers at the Largo Cultural Center where they enjoyed seeing many popular artists, broadway plays and musicals.
In the end, his wife Patsy, daughters Maureen, Kerri and Jeaneen, along with their children and two great grandchildren were the light of his life.
He is survived by his wife of eight years, Patsy (Sanderson) Gallant and her five children, 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; his two sons: Kevin Gallant and wife, Jean, of Burlington, MA and Rick Gallant and wife, Susan, of Billerica, MA; three daughters who will deeply miss him: Maureen Mountain of Quincy, MA, Kerri Grenier and husband, Joseph, of Beverly, MA and Jeaneen Mcleod of Hamilton, New Zealand; eight grandchildren: Mark Mountain, Sandy Gallant and Karen Mehigan, Jacqueline Ambrose. Nicholas and Douglas Gallant and Brianna and Connor Grenier; and two great grandchildren: Lauren and Mark Mountain.
A memorial mass was celebrated at 10 AM on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Largo. Military honors were presented by the US Navy.
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