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June 7, 2014

William T. Gallagher

William T. Gallagher

UNADILLA — William Gallagher, loving husband, father, brother and grandfather, passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, at the age of 63.

William was born on Nov. 8, 1950, son of the late Neil and Lillian (Cleary) Gallagher in Astoria.

On Feb. 20, 1971, he was married to Kathy Artis in Whitestone.

Bill was a Local One plumber who worked for the NYC Housing Authority, was a bus driver for Queens Transit and was a Zoning Officer in Unadilla.

He played the drums for most of his life. For more than 40 years, he was Santa’s Helper and made many kids smile.

Bill loved his wife and children and put them first, always.

Bill is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kathy Gallagher; his children, Kathy and Mickey Ritchey and children, Kelley and Megan Ritchey; Patty Gallagher and Jeremy Green and children, Connor Hitchcock, Madeline Hitchcock and Bailey Green; Maureen Gallagher and Dennis Babcock and daughter, Allison Babcock; Carrie Gallagher and Kevin Sowersby and children, Hunter Sowersby and Aaron Sowersby; and William Gallagher Jr. and Tina Riordan and children, Lillian, Katelyn, Olivia, William, Totiana and Tim; his brother and sister-in-law, Neil and Barbara Gallagher; very best friend, Tony Caravella and his family; beloved dog, Humphrey; many sisters and brothers-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 9, at the funeral chapel with Fr. Gordon Polenz, pastor officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the American Lung Association at

Condolences and memories may be shared with Bill’s family online at

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.

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