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S.G. Thibault Funeral Home

250 Penobscot Street, Rumford, ME

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Allan Francis Gallant

April 29, 1932July 26, 2019
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RUMFORD, ME Allan Francis Gallant, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away July 26, 2019 at the age of 87. Allan was born in Berlin, New Hampshire on April 29th, 1932 the son of the late Catherine (Gillis) and Leon A. Gallant. Allan was the 7th of 11 children and was the last surviving member of his family. Allan attended Berlin N.H. and Rumford public schools and graduated from Stephens High School class of 1951. Shortly after graduating, Allan joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Royal Air Force (RAF) Station Fairford in Gloucestershire, England. During his time in the UK, Allan was fortunate to be able to travel to several European countries including Spain, Italy, Switzerland, and France. It was during his time in Gloucestershire that he met and married his loving wife Nina. Allan was a career employee of the Rumford Paper Mill working in the lab and the maintenance departments before retiring from Boise Cascade in 1994. Allan was fortunate to have enjoyed a long and healthy retirement traveling, enjoying time with family and friends, and always looking forward to seeing his four grandchildren. Throughout his life, Allan volunteered his time to help his community and St. Athanasius & St. John church. Allan assisted his sister, Dot Sanchas, for many years cooking on Sunday mornings for after-mass breakfast. He also assisted Dot in running her local charities - Santa’s Helpers, which collected donations and distributed Christmas gifts to the less privileged children of the community, and The Free Shop in Mexico, Me. where people donated articles they no longer had a use for and others could come take what they wanted free of charge! Allan was also a volunteer for several years at the Tourist Information Booth, run by the Rumford Chamber of Commerce, where he enjoyed interacting with the many visitors traveling through Rumford giving directions and answering their questions as to where to stay or eat. Allan was a member of the American Legion Post 24, Rumford, Me., Le Paresseux Club Rumford, Me., Rumford Senior Citizens, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles - Rumford Falls Aerie #1248, where he held many position including Worthy President and served as secretary for over 10 years. Allan was a longtime chairperson of the Bingo committee, which raised thousands of dollars during his tenure, donating the proceeds to local charities, schools, and community causes. Allan is survived by his wife, Nina; daughter, Tina and her husband Michael Crowe of Littleton N.H.; sons, Russell of Augusta Me., John of Hartford Me., and Allan II of Rumford, Me.; grandchildren, Tyler Crowe and wife Rene of The Gambia, Africa, Tanner Crowe of Burlington Vt., Hannah Gallant of Woodstock Me., Cassie Gallant of Westbrook Me., and many nieces and nephews. Allan was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Dorothy Sanchas, Marie Sanchas, Madonna Gallant, and Jean P. Gallant; brothers, Donald (Buddy), Thomas, James, Joseph (Nelson), Laurence, and Leon Jr. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at the Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris, Me. who became his second family, Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, Me., Beacon Hospice Services, and Gayle, who lovingly assisted Allan during his declining years. If so desired, donations may be made in Allan’s memory to the Resident Activities Fund Maine Veterans’ Home 477 High St. South Paris, Me. 04281 or online at www.MaineVets.org

  • FAMILY

  • Leon Adonis Gallant, Father (deceased)
  • Catherine (Gillis) Gallant, Mother (deceased)
  • Nina E. (Russell) Gallant, Wife
  • Russell Gallant, Son
  • John Gallant, Son
  • Tina Crowe & Husband Michael, Daughter
  • Allan Gallant II, Son
  • Tyler Crowe & Wife Rene, Grandson
  • Tanner Crowe, Grandson
  • Hannah Gallant, Granddaughter
  • Cassie Gallant, Granddaughter
  • Allan was also predeceased by his sisters, Dorothy Sanchas, Marie Sanchas, Madonna Gallant and Jean P. Gallant; and brothers, Donald "Buddy" Gallant, Thomas Gallant, James Gallant, Joseph "Nelson" Gallant, Laurence Gallant and Leon Gallant, Jr.
  • DONATIONS

  • If so desired, donations may be made in Allan’s memory to the Resident Activities Fund Maine Veterans’ Home 477 High St. South Paris, Me. 04281 or online at www.MaineVets.org

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 29, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Memories

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Laurene Gallant Juhola

July 31, 2019

Nina and Family,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time of great sorrow. I know my parents, Theo and Fidele, always cherished the times they spent with you and Allan. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this most difficult time.
Sincerely, Laurene Gallant Juhola

Patty San Antonio

July 31, 2019

Aunt Nina, Russell, John, Tina and Allan,
May the memories of Uncle Allan and the love of family that surrounds you give you strength for the days ahead. We will never forget the good times we had in Maine, playing cards, sitting by the fire and just enjoying family time together. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time.
All our love, David, Patty, Michele and Jenna San Antonio

Robert Sanchas

July 30, 2019

Aunt Nina, Russell, John, Tina, Allan and Family,

My sincerest condolences, I wish I was able to be there with you.

One of my fondest memories as a child was playing upstairs and suddenly hearing uncle Allen’s laugh fill up the house. I would fly down the stairs; I always loved it when he and aunt Nina would surprise us (the children since my mother knew you were coming) with a visit on the way to/from uncle Nelson’s.

My heart is with all of you everyday, and you are always in my prayers!

Love,

Robert

Donna and Bob DAndrea

July 30, 2019

Auntie Nina, Allan, Russell, John, Tina and Family. Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to you all. Losing someone as special as Uncle Allan is a great heartache. There are so many memories we have from your bus trips to RI to see Barbara and Joe, to the times you spent with all of us when we visited you during our summer vacations at Worthley Pond in Peru Maine. All the laughs we had when playing cards and eating delicious food. I remember one vacation in Maine, when we traveled from cottage to cottage and sang songs, Uncle Allan, keeping up with us the entire time. Always a smile and a big hug – that is what I will take away from our visits. The perfect memories for a wonderful man with a warm heart. RIP Uncle Allan, your memories will always be in our hearts.

Andriana Lancellotta

July 30, 2019

Auntie Nina, Russell, John, Tina, Allan and Family

I am heartfully sorry for this great loss. We all have so many happy memories of Uncle Allan, I used to love as a child when Uncle Allan and Auntie Nina would visit, watching everyone around my grandparents table playing cards, snacking, laughing and genuinely enjoying each other’s company. Holidays were especially exciting and I was so impressed that Auntie Nina and Uncle Allan were making the long trek, yet again, from Maine to be with all of us. The beautiful summer vacations in Maine where we all looked forward to reuniting with our family and learning of the local attractions and where we could find a good deal. I loved how similar he and my grandfather were. After his brother, my Papa Joe, passed away it was always so comforting to be around Uncle Allan as he reminded me and my cousins so much of our Papa, his laugh, his personality (always, always jolly) and his love for a cold brew. He will be greatly missed but the happy memories will not be forgotten. Thanks for always making an effort and taking the time to see your Rhode Island family. We all loved him.

Alexandra Lancellotta

July 30, 2019

Auntie Nina, we all loved uncle Allan very much. His personality, loud laughter and “lack of hearing” like Papa Joe, always made for some funny conversation and good company. I’ll never forget the great times we had as kids heading up to Maine for family vacation or when both of you would visit Mama & Papa here in Rhode Island. May he Rest In Peace and you find joy in your years and years of great memories made!

Love,

Alex

SUSAN LANCELLOTTA

July 30, 2019

Aunt Nina, Russell, John, Tina, and Allan, So sorry for your loss, it's a great loss for all of us, Uncle Allan was always happy to be with his family, and greeted all of us with a big smile and a hug. Our memories of summers as kids at our house on Cactus Street, or yours on High Street, we will cherish forever, later years of holidays spent together kept all of us close. So sorry that we are on vacation and can't be with you for the services, but please know our hearts and prayers are with all of you. Also, you know Joey is not the same since his brain injury and emotionally cannot handle things well, but he has great memories of wonderful times spent together too. We are thinking of everyone with lot's of love. Suzy, Lance, and Joey.

Ann Gallant

July 30, 2019

So many wonderful memories and laughter we have shared over the years with Uncle Allan. You will forever be in our hearts. Very grateful that I was able to spend some time visiting with Uncle Allan, Aunty Nina, Russell, John, Tina, Allan and Hannah not that long ago. Our deepest sympathy during a very difficult and sad time. Sending our love,
Ann, Joseph, Breena & Quinn

Jonathan Berkleigh

July 29, 2019

Heartache and Heartbreak. Great love and admiration for a truly wonderful person who was a servant of both God and man.
Always ready to assist the community and those in need, as his wife was, with a great spirit of volunteerism. Happily, he knew that I cared, as I told him often....perhaps not often enough.
He and his loving wife were the first recipients of the Kindness Counts Awards, given in memory of his sister, Dorothy Sanchas.
All who knew Allan were blessed, as I was a hundredfold.
His passing renews the phrase Celebration of Life more clearly.

Doug McCoy

July 29, 2019

My condolences to the Gallant Family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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