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William C. Gallagher, Vietnam vet was retired stationary engineer for City of Buffalo

Aug. 30, 1943 – Jan. 2, 2016

William C. “Billy” Gallagher of South Buffalo, a retired stationary engineer for the City of Buffalo, died Saturday in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 72.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Orchard Park High School and served in the Army in the Vietnam War.

Returning from service, Mr. Gallagher worked for General Mills, was a snowplow driver for the City of Buffalo and was a construction worker for Local 210 before he became a stationary engineer at the city police garage. He retired about two years ago.

He also was a driver for West-Herr Ford, delivering cars, trucks and construction equipment throughout the state.

Active in the American Legion, he was a member of South Buffalo Post 721, Ira Lou Spring Post 149 in Jamestown, and Newcomb-Long Post 928 in Derby.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, the former Kay Miller; a daughter, Tracie L. Reid; four brothers, George, Jack, Raymond and Michael; two sisters, Kathy Sheffer and Mary Colleen Connell; and a granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

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