OBITUARY

John Frank Gallego

April 4, 1939May 9, 2019
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John Frank Gallego, age 80, of the Lions Head Woods section of Lakewood, NJ passed away on Thursday May 9, 2019 at the Ocean Medical Center in Brick, NJ. John was born April 4, 1939 in Manhattan, NY. John was raised and spent his early years living and working in Manhattan. He relocated with his family to Lakewood, NJ in 1972. John was a former US Army serviceman. He was a retired Jewelry Caster, and he was a hard worker all of his life. During his earlier years, John was a photography enthusiast. John loved cowboy movies and his favorite actor was John Wayne. He cherished talking about movies and politics with his dear friend Tony. Son of the late Frank and Mary Gallego, he is survived by his beloved wife Doris Rose Gallego; a son Frank Gallego and his wife Allison; a sister, Rose Davis; a grandson, Frank R. Gallego; a nephew, John Davis; a best friend, Armond "Tony" Norelli; and many other friends and relatives. Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the D'Elia Funeral Home, 1300 Vermont Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701. His funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Toms River, NJ. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.DEliaFuneralHome.com for the Gallego family.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, May 16, 2019

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Barbara Norelli

May 12, 2019

I had the good fortune of meeting John and Doris about seventeen years ago when I married Tony Norelli.
This was the beginning of a great friendship for me. They always made everyone feel at home.
John was very interesting and a great conversationalist. His love, knowledge and collection of movies was unbelievable. Always the thoughtful person, John knew Clark Gable was my favorite actor and he gave me a book on Gable that I treasure.
God Bless you John and thank you for your friendship.

Armand Norelli

May 12, 2019

It was 1955 when we met on the streets of NYC. We had different friends but soon realized we would bond closer than brothers.
Handball at the parks on 124th St/114th St/Central Park. Randalls Island, museums, movies, other friends all were part of our circle. Jim, Armando, Rocky, Frank Fieni, Frankie Pigeon and Pickles to name a few.
Trips on Cruise Lines/Vegas/California/Florida are some places we shared with family and friends.
After 65 years it's hard to let go for me. I waited for our Thursday calls at 7:18pm, where we had one to two hour discussions on movies, politics, personal health and many other topics. I will no longer hear that voice called me "hootman" a name only John had for me.
See you on your side.
Tony

Adam Sarote

May 10, 2019

My family met the Gallego's in the early 1970's and we were instant Coventry Square friends. Such warm and beautiful holiday parties that they would have that were the best. Dorris & John were so nice to me and my family. There son Frankie is my best friend and always will be. I have had many of dinners at the Gallego's and many great times. They are a big part of my child hood growing up in Lakewood. A few years ago we were in Disney with John and we had a really nice time. He really loves his Grandson Frank, I saw it instantly! Frankie and I use to drive his parents crazy and we were always up to something. So many good and warm memories, that is for sure. I am honored that I had the time and memories with John and he will always be in my heart forever. The Gallego's are beautiful people, may God always bless them.

Deborah Hartman Tremper Barrath

May 10, 2019

I met Doris and John in 1972. Our boys grew up together and are still friends to this day. We celebrated many a holiday which included Thanksgiving Christmas and New years together as a family. Doris and I had many a morning coffee so our dogs George & Cookie could get together along with Michael and Frankie. I had many a conversation with Johnny as he walked home from the bus , he would always pass our house. Johnny was a hard worker and always loved talking about his cowboy movies especially John Wayne.
John Gallego will be sorely missed thank God for the wonderful memories

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