William "Bill" Alexander Gallaway

August 18, 1929November 14, 2020

Passed away Saturday November 14, 2020 at the age of 91. Loving husband of Mary Frado, Bill was pre-deceased in 1997 by his beloved first wife Margaret Pearl (nee Angus). Father of Bill (Debbie), Leslie Murray (the late David Murray), Michael (Katie), Sean (Shannon) and uncle of Margie Pixton. Cherished grandfather of Sarah, Mark, Eagen and Conor. Bill was pre-deceased by his mother and father William McKerlie and Ellen Jane (nee Douglas) and his sister Mary Umphrey. Bill is survived by his brothers Patrick and Kevin Gallaway, and sister Ellen Jane Hill along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Born August 18, 1929, Bill attended Edith Cavell and St. Catharines Collegiate, before embarking on a 33-year career in finance travelling extensively throughout the world. Pursuing ever increasing work responsibilities Bill lived throughout Ontario and the United States including Shaker Heights Ohio, Newport Beach California and Dallas Texas, culminating in his role as President of the Associates International Management Co. (now Citi Financial) with over 1100 offices in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia and Puerto Rico. Bill completed a 3-year term as Chair of St. Catharines Hydro Energy Services in 2003.

Bill never forgot St. Catharines and importantly his Western Hill roots. Taking early retirement in 1984 Bill returned to St. Catharines immersing himself in the community. Bill always had a keen interest in the YMCA where he was a long-time board member and chair of their Capital Campaign leading to the development of the Walker Family YMCA. He was recognized for his campaign leadership with the naming of the pool the Burgoyne Gallaway Aquatic Centre. In 1994 Bill was further recognized for his community service with the creation of the Gallaway Spirit of Giving award which is presented annually to an individual committing significantly to the betterment of the St. Catharines community. In appreciation for his contribution to YMCA Canada he was appointed an Officer of the YMCA Fellowship of Honor in 2008 by her Excellency the Right Honorable Michaelle Jean, Governor General.

In addition to his role with the “Y”, Bill was actively involved in multiple fundraising and community activities both as a volunteer and professional advisor through his partnership Gallaway and Lehnen. Roles included but were not limited to the St. Catharines Rowing Alumni, the 1999 World Rowing Championships, Knox Church, United Way and municipal elections including as campaign chair for Tim Rigby’s successful mayoral campaigns. Bill was awarded the 125th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada medal for his various volunteer activities.

It was through Bill’s numerous pursuits where he had the privilege of developing many longstanding friendships in Niagara and beyond. Above all, Bill was a family man at heart. Vacations to the Caribbean, Florida, Grand Bend; there were too many to count. Weekends included both his kids’ and grandkids’ numerous games and activities, and of course watching Hockey Night in Canada, the Blue Jays or his Dallas Cowboys when the party really got started!

Later in life Bill was sadly stricken with dementia. Although sapping him of much of his memory, he continued to enjoy life and was happy to the end. He left his children the following message “My funeral should not be sad, but a celebration of my life as I have had an exciting and fulfilling one. I have four children that I am immensely proud of and I’m privileged to have four beautiful, intelligent and healthy grandchildren. God bless everyone and may all of you have a happy and healthy life”.

At Bill’s request, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to YMCA of Niagara or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to HULSE & ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 75 Church Street, St. Catharines (905-684-6346) On-line tributes may be made at

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Colleen Evans Blogg

November 21, 2020

Dear Mary and family
I feel honoured to have known Bill.
He was a true gentleman. I first met him when we were neighbours on Linwell Avenue. He began dating Mary shortly after we moved there and I could see that they had a special relationship that was full of fun and laughter as well as lots of dancing.
We got to meet many times over the years, including dinners at Ad and Sales. It was always a pleasure to spend time with both of you.
Sending my sincere condolences.

Janet St. Amand

November 21, 2020

Bill was a wonderful, volunteer leader, mentor and a friend. His leadership advanced many charitable organizations, especially the YMCA. My favorite memory was when Bill, always a sharp dresser, wore his black and white, hounds-tooth blazer, a crisp white shirt, black and white polka dot tie and black pants with shiny black shoes to a YMCA meeting. Paula Lindley and I wore to the same YMCA campaign meeting that day, our matching hounds-tooth blazers, and home-made, paper ties to match. What fun!

My deepest condolences to Bill's children and grandchildren, and wife, Mary. Please know that the impact of his volunteer leadership will live on for generations to come.

Sincerely, Janet St. Amand

Joyce Van Tankeren

November 20, 2020

It was an honor and a pleasure to have met Bill. A very classy man and always in a good mood.

Proud when he was talking about his kids and grandchildren
Very happy every time he saw or talked to Mary, his whole face would just be glowing.

Bill loved music and dancing

He was kind to everyone he met

We miss you Bill,

Frontdesk at the Heatherwood

Dan Pelletier

November 20, 2020

Bill was a class act all the way. He always took time with young YMCA staff like me (back in the 80's/90's!) and had a strong, positive influence on me. Through everything that he did he always had a great sense of humour and fun. I wish to pass my sincerest condolences on to Mary and Bill's family. He will truly be missed.
- Dan Pelletier

John Lehnen

November 20, 2020

Harriet and I are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We have many wonderful memories of Bill as we worked together on community projects as volunteers and professionally. His sense of humour and work ethic were inspirational to us and to so many others in our community.

Katie Gallaway

November 20, 2020

Mary, Dean and the rest of your gracious friends, thank you for always: thru thick and thin: looking after Dad.

Mary, I’m so happy that you had him for those years to love, travel with, laugh and dance. Ad and Sales meetings will never be the same.

I never expected he’d be fortunate to find such an elegant gracious and business minded lady as yourself. He was very happy!

Cherish each and every moment for it’s those moments that make a wonderful life.

We love you and thank you for always being there!
Katieandthecritters xoxoxo

Jeane Davis Fyfe

November 20, 2020

Bill was a wonderful leader and mentor to all at the YMCA. My mother (Pat Davis) spoke highly of Bill and worked together with him on many endeavours.

I know she'll have a hug for him in condolences to your family.

Jeane Davis Fyfe

Sylvia Roach

November 20, 2020

Deepest sympathies to the family. Take comfort in knowing that your husband, father, grandfather inspired many people along his journey. I was one of these people through the YMCA. May the memories made during his lifetime take you through your lives.

Michael and Katie Gallaway

November 19, 2020

On November 14th, we lost one of the most generous, kind, funny gentleman that the world was blessed to have.
He was a sensational dresser, always admired and commented on others finery and jewelry and lavished his love ones with a wonderful life filled with fun and adventures.
Dad—- we will miss you beyond words. Our hearts are broken but even in death you’ve reminded us what a wonderful life you had.

Heaven—- just got a wonderful dancer.

May you joyously twirl about dancing in Heaven safe in the arms of those who passed before you.

We will always love you.

Ian and Karen McRae

November 19, 2020

Bill was a wonderful man. With a smile on his face he was always quick to ask about us and our family. He never failed to ask Ian about his golf game. He was very proud of his family and loved to share stories about his grandchildren. Until the last we visited with Bill, he dressed impeccably, ready for the day.
He was quick to share his knowledge and experience of fundraising. He will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity.


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