John Joseph Gallagher Jr.

October 7, 1940February 24, 2014
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John Joseph Gallagher, Jr. (Jack) passed away peacefully on the morning of February, 24th, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 7, 1940 in Boston Massachusettes.He is survived by his beautiful wife, Judy; his four children and their spouses, John and Anjali, Michael and Elizabeth, Judy, and Mary and Todd Kopas; his sixteen grandchildren Jeremiah, Claire, Joshua, Elijah, Lucy, Anna, Ezekiel, Ezra, Beatrice, Benedict, Samuel, William, Rosemary, Irene, Jane, and Grace; and his siblings Margaret, Suzanne, Tom, Eileen, Mike, and Mary. He is preceded in death by his grandchildren Isaiah, Spero; Mary Francis, and Frances Fidelis; his brothers James and Hugh; and his parents John and Margaret.

He attended Sacred Heart High School in Newton Centre, MA, received a Bachelor’s from Boston College, a Master’s in Geology from the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. in Tectonophysics from Texas A&M University. In his career, he was variously a petroleum geologist, business manager, Science Director at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, career counselor, and founding member of Career Partnering, LLC. He proudly served as a Captain in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He was a world traveler, but above all else he loved his family and his Catholic Faith.

Visitation will start at 6 PM with a rosary at 7 PM on Thursday, February 27th at St. Anthony Claret Catholic Church, 6150 Roft Road, San Antonio, TX 78253. The funeral Mass will be held at 10 AM on Friday, February 28th, also at St. Anthony Claret. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made to CHRISTUS Hospice and Palliative Care, 4241 Woodcock Dr., Ste. A-100, San Antonio, TX 78228-1337.


  • Funeral Rosary Thursday, February 27, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Friday, February 28, 2014
  • Memorial Mass Thursday, July 31, 2014
  • Committal Service Thursday, July 31, 2014

John Joseph Gallagher Jr.

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Bill Rizer

February 28, 2014

From the very first time I met him in 1976, Jack has been my friend. His passing will not change that. He was one of the good ones and will be sorely missed.

Janet Gifford

February 27, 2014

I want to share my deepest sympathy with your whole family, and to offer thanksgiving for a life well lived as husband, father, and grandfather. May the Peace of the Lord be with you.

Jim & Donna Garaventa

February 27, 2014

Our sincere condolences to your whole family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. Jim & Donna Garaventa.

Lisa Kopas

February 27, 2014

Brian and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to Mary, Todd and the entire Gallagher family for this deep loss. We will be keeping you in our prayers as you not only grieve but celebrate the amazing life that Jack had.

Suzanne Woodward

February 26, 2014

I want to express my sincerest condolences to Judy and the whole Gallagher family. Jack will be missed by many. I will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts.


February 26, 2014

The best moments of my life have been spent sharing the love of my husband, Jack. Next to him is where I have always been happiest. I miss him so much and know that he is with God and will always be my special Angel in Heaven.

Mary Kopas

February 26, 2014

I love you DYD and miss you so much!

J.J. Kimmey

February 26, 2014

We wish to extend our sincere condolences at the loss of your loved one. It was both a privilege and a pleasure to have been of service to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. May you find comfort knowing that he is resting in our heavenly Father's arms and suffers no more.
With deepest sympathy,
The Staff of CHRISTUS VNA Community Care

Frank Wantland

February 26, 2014

Jack was a long-time good friend and colleague with a mind that constantly amazed and enriched everyone around him. The world is a lesser place for his passing. I hope he knows that I finally did as he told me; I switched to Apple...Frank Wantland (Tulsa, OK)

Kimberly Jones

February 26, 2014

My heart and prayers are with you all. It has been an honor to be a part of your lives over the last few years.