Charles Edward “Skip” Gallagher ’58 was born at home in Folsom, California, to Charles and Caroline Gallagher. He graduated from high school in 1945 and then attended Placer Junior College in Sacramento to study mining engineering. Skip worked on the building of the Folsom Dam and at several hard rock mines around Battle Mountain, Nevada. He was an Army medic at Fort Ord from 1953 to 1955. Upon discharge, he attended SCU and graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. After graduation, Skip was employed by U.S. Gypsum, where he worked at Pyramid Lake, Nevada, and Mexicali and El Centro, California. In 1962, he began working with Coast Manufacturing (Hexcel) in Livermore, where he was introduced by a co-worker to his future wife, Rose. Skip and Rose were wed in 1963 at St. Michaels Church. The couple moved to Ohio, where their children were born, before returning to Livermore in 1971. Skip retired from Hexcel after 30 years in 1991. He was a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West and the St. Charles Men’s Club. Skip loved his annual summer garden, collecting stamps, playing bocce, and rescuing animals in need. He also loved being in service to others and enjoyed volunteering at St. Charles Borromeo as a eucharistic minister, providing refreshments at the Livermore Rodeo with the Native Sons and distributing food at the Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry. He continued his helpful nature even while he was living at Sunol Creek Memory Care Community by setting tables, doing laundry, and assisting those who needed help. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Oct. 23, 2018. He was 89. Skip was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. His many friends enjoyed his warm company, and his playful and irreverent humor will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. Skip was preceded in death by his wife, Rose. He is survived by his children, Julie Gallagher (Robert Stear) and Michael Gallagher ’87 (Maite) and cherished granddaughters Amanda Gallagher-Stear and Alexandra Gallagher. He also leaves behind his sister-in-law, Marie Bidinoist of Livermore, and a sister and brother, Patricia Ludwig and Paul Gallagher, both from Carmichael, California.

29 Mar 2019