Richard J. Gallagher

April 2, 1955February 1, 2021
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Richard J. Gallagher, 65, of Southington, passed away suddenly on February 1, 2021. He was the loving husband of Karen (Skrzypiec) Gallagher, whom he was married to for 40 years.

Richard was born on April 2, 1955 in Watertown, CT to the late Winifred (Hancock) and James P. Gallagher. He spent much of his life in Watertown before meeting the love of his life, his wife Karen, and moving to Southington to raise his family.

Richard worked hard for many companies, most recently as a parts specialist at J B Hunt Transport in Windsor Locks. He comes from a family of firefighters and carried on that honor as a volunteer firefighter for both Watertown and Southington, and was a volunteer EMT as well. Helping people and serving his community was very important to him. He was known for his dry sense of humor and sarcasm and was loved by everyone who knew him. He always seemed to have a smile on his face. Richard loved watching Nascar and appreciated old cars – he could even tell you the make, model, and year of one as it drove by!

Richard was a loving husband, father, and a proud grandfather of two granddaughters who he loved dearly. He will be missed by his family, friends, and all those whose lives he’s touched.

In addition to his wife Karen, Richard is survived by his children: Kevin Gallagher and wife Kristina of Plainville, CT, and Emily Gallagher of South Boston, MA; his grandchildren Rileigh and Delaney; his brother Andrew Gallagher and wife Cindy of Watertown; his sisters: Mauri Hebert, Ann DeMarest and husband Jim, and Rosemary Adams and husband Gary, all of Watertown, CT; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Richard is predeceased by his parents and his brother Michael Gallagher.

Calling hours will be held from 12-4pm on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N Main St., Southington. Due to the pandemic and limited seating, walk-through visitation is advised and masks and social distancing are required. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 at St. Thomas Church, 99 Bristol St., Southington. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s name to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation ( For online condolences please visit


  • Calling Hours

    Sunday, February 7, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, February 8, 2021


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Kevin Hennessy

February 9, 2021

I was shocked and heart broken hearing of this. We used to hang out in Watertown plaza many years ago. I also worked with him at calls in Watertown when I worked for Waterbury Ambulance. My condolences to his family especially his brother Andy and his wife.
RIP Rich...

Peter Guerrera

February 9, 2021

We are so sorry to hear about Rich's passing. We worked with Rich many years ago at Campions. As many have said he was quite the character and just a great guy. RIP Rich thoughts and prayers to the family.
Phil Palladino and Pete Guerrera

dave wiltse

February 9, 2021

i worked with rich at hartford mack for many years. always a smile and upbeat attitude and still in southington when we bumped into one another.. he will be missed our deepest sympthies to all his family

Gary Robertson

February 9, 2021

Deeply saddened by the news of Rich’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Rich for many years at J.V.S. Always ready to lend a hand. His humor and kindness will be greatly missed. He truly loved his family. He now rests in the hands of his God. Namaste Gary &Sheila Robertson

Denise Fialkosky (Rivera)

February 7, 2021

Dearest Karen, Kevin, Emily and family,

I was in total shock when you let me know.
My heart goes out to all of you. I always remember his humor and kindness. May you find comfort in all your beautiful memories.

Sending you warm hugs
Denise Fialkosky(Rivera)

Ron Ingriselli

February 7, 2021

Karen, so sorry for your loss, prayers and condolences to you and your family 🙏

Carla Pedro Kennelly

February 6, 2021

Dear Gallagher Family,
My family and I were so saddened to read about Richard and the loss to your family. He was a wonderful man. Kind, thoughtful , generous, and funny! I would run into him at St . Mary's ER when he worked for Campion. I always enjoyed catching up! I'm sure he was a wonderful husband to Karen and father and grandfather to his children and grandchildren. I know he was a wonderful son to Mom Winifred, brother to Andy, Michael , Rosemary, Ann and Mauri. Pleas know we are thinking of you all during this sad time.
May warm memories and happy times shared help ease your sadness and keep his memory alive for his family.
Sincerely ,
Carla Pedro Kennelly WHS Class of 1974

Deborah Lauzier

February 6, 2021

Karen ,
I was so shocked to hear of Richard’s passing . I am so sorry for your loss as Richard always had a smile on his face and was such an awesome person inside and out . I remember sitting on your front porch on Curtiss St with you and you told me you meet Richard. So long ago . Love to you and you’re family at this difficult time .

Steve Wygonowski

February 6, 2021

Karen and Family,

My heartfelt condolences on your loss. I have been thinking about you every day since hearing this difficult news. Like you, Richard was someone that wanted to give back and help others. That is an amazing way to live. May you gain comfort now from all the warm memories and continued strength from your family and friends.

Melodia Ferrucci

February 6, 2021

Dear Gallagher Family
We are deeply saddened by the news of your sudden loss and sending our condolences! Thinking of you during this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace!
Melodia and TLC community