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OBITUARY

Henry Antony "Hank" Galotta Jr.

April 25, 1945March 19, 2020

Henry Antony "Hank" Galotta Jr., 74 of Boiling Spring Lakes, NC and formerly of Laurel, MD, passed away on March 19, 2020.

Mr. Galotta was born April 25, 1945 in Washington, DC to the late Henry A. Galotta, Sr. and Mary Rose Galotta. A high school teacher and basketball coach in the DC area for over 40 years. He was an avid golfer but his greatest joy in life was his family. His family was not limited to his immediate family but all the players he coached and students that he taught. His priority was not what they could do on the court but who they would become later in life. He left a little of himself in all that he touched.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Carol L. Galotta; three children, John Galotta and wife Kim, Carol Ann Connelly and husband Justin, and Antony Galotta and wife Wenona; nine grandchildren, Tommy Galotta, Jeweli Galotta, Jeffery Galotta, Theresa Markley, Emily Connelly, Kendra Connelly, Riley Galotta, Madison Galotta, and Mackenzie Galotta; and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Hank was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Frances Hedrick.

A memorial service will be held at a later date both in North Carolina and Maryland.

Memorial contributions may be made to SOAR (Southport/Oak Island Animal Rescue) 3376 St Charles Place SE, Southport, NC 28461.

Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

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George Edwards

April 3, 2020

Being a D. C. boy I enjoyed golfing with Hank during interclub matches RIP my friend

John Richardson

April 3, 2020

Hank Galotta was my Coach at De Matha and I greatly admired him as a Man.

He strongly encouraged his players to compete even when we made those freshman mistakes.

He influenced my life and his family should know that I am grateful for the time he took to mentor me.

RIP Coach and thank you for a life well lived and a job well done.

charles dusterhoff

April 2, 2020

I remember Hank from the opening years at Paint Branch HS.He was a natural leader among the staff and helped get Paint Branch off to a great start.The picture chosen for the obituary really captured him and his smile.....if I had seen him at a mall,his smile would have me recall him right away.He was a teacher/coach everyone remembered.My wife Fran joins me in sending our deepest sympathy.Charlie Dusterhoff
PS
I finished my 30 years with Montgomery County and went to DeMatha HS as a counselor.Today's DeMatha report had Hank' obituary.

Richard Schneider

April 2, 2020

I am so sorry or your loss. Hank was the assistant coach at Dematha HS when I played Baketball in 68-70s. I always thought Hank was an honest and decent coach and a great mentor. My prayers are that God comforts you during this difficult time. 🙏🙏🙏
Rick Schneider
Class of 1971

Vivian Fleitstra

March 29, 2020

Hank: I will never forget the many memories and fun times with you and Carol. The first time we met on that crazy bus ride to the resort in St. Lucia, serving rum punch. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship that became family. I will remember all the fun times, laughs and all the joy we shared. I will miss you dear friend. Thank you for being a part of my life and making an impact on my family and I. Love always, Vivian, Reade & Austin. XO.

Rob Pfeiffer IV

March 28, 2020

I was fortunate enough to play for Coach in 1991 and 92. He had a motto he told us players quite regularly about our priorities: God, Family, School and Basketball

He helped to shape so many of us into the men we are today. God Bless you Coach.

Tracy Jackson

March 22, 2020

Hank,
In 1974 we both came into Paint Branch High School together. I was a skinny Freshman playing on the Varsity Basketball team, you were my coach. I asked you to drop me down to the JV team because 'I felt' I needed more playing time. You said NO "stick with me kid" and we would be alright. The rest is history..we won more games in our 4 years together than any PB team, capping it off with the 1977 State Championship..As a teacher you helped me get into the University of Notre Dame..As a coach you helped me make it to the NBA. Most importantly you helped my continued faith and trust in God. It was your love and support that made us life long friends. I am so thankful for the time I spent with you and Carol last Summer. You have truly left a legacy. May God bless you. I love you and will miss you my friend.

Debra Adkins

March 22, 2020

Hank and I taught next to each other for several years in the part of Paint Branch High School that we called Scotland. It was off of a small wing that had us and the Mark Twain Satellite Suite. Hank and I would have all the basketball players in our classes and He was amused by my making my students dress in costume to study and act out Shakespeare. He loved it when one of his players would come over to his class dressed to the hilt like Hamlet or Macbeth. He would encourage them to act out their parts for him to great applause. He always encouraged all of his students and held them to the rigors of an education. He was so generous with his supplies and time. If I had a student making up a quiz, Hank would let them sit in his room and vice versa.

Gwynethe R Sanders

March 22, 2020

Thank you for your leadership to me. Coworkers, athletes, and students,esp. Our special ed students long before we had co-taught and supported classes.

Ed Shirley

March 21, 2020

I first met Hank when I became principal of Paint Branch, 1988. In our first conversation he told me his team would not be that good. I don’t remember exactly what our record was that year, not great, but I do remember that he took basically the same group to the state finals four years latter. I kept a picture of that team on my office wall until I retired in 2011.
Hank, you were the gold standard for coaching. Over the years as I had the opportunity to work with new coaches, I tried to teach them what I learned observing you. I loved talking about students and learning with you. You were absolutely as good a teacher as you were a coach. I will genuinely miss you my friend.

FROM THE FAMILY