March 25, 1941 – Jan. 29, 2018
Patrick J. Gallagher, of Hamburg, active in the Knights of Columbus, died Monday in Mercy Hospital after a long illness. He was 76.
Born in Lackawanna, the oldest of five children, he was a 1960 graduate of Baker Victory High School. He worked as an international baggage agent for Greyhound until he was drafted into the Army in 1963. He served stateside as a typist and held the rank of private first class.
He returned to Greyhound for a few years, then was a courier for KeyBank, delivering documents to branches on the Southern Tier. In 1990, he joined Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. as a meter reader and later became a security guard for NRG Energy at the Huntley Power Plant in the Town of Tonawanda. He retired in 2006.
Mr. Gallagher served as Grand Knight of Father Baker Council 2243, Knights of Columbus, from 1988 to 1990 and was the current treasurer. He chaired many fundraising parties for the club and played Santa Claus at the annual Breakfast with Santa. He also was the current president of the Father Baker Senior Knights.
In addition, he was a Fourth Degree Knight with Monsignor Leo J. Toomey Assembly 2038, Knights of Columbus, and served on its honor guard.
A parishioner at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, he was an usher and a member of the Holy Name Society.
He also was a member of Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion.
"He went with the flow. He was a real happy guy. He never had a bad word to say about anybody," said his wife, the former Marilyn E. Kudlets. They would have celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary in June.
Survivors also include a brother, James; and three sisters, Kathleen Deakin, Margaret Zebrun and Mary Ann Sanders; nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Ridge Road and South Park Avenue, Lackawanna.