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Becker Funeral Home

219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ

OBITUARY

Martin J. Gallagher, Jr.

April 7, 1940November 7, 2019
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Martin J. Gallagher, Jr., of Sanibel Island, FL and Montvale, NJ, passed into eternal rest surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, November 7, 2019 in Montvale after a courageous battle with cancer. Marty was the beloved husband of 58 years of Dorothy, father of Martin J. Gallagher III and his wife Carolann, Brian M. Gallagher, Colleen Gallagher Blake and her husband Kevin, grandfather of Martin IV, Ryan, Caisey, Taylor, Brendan, Vaughn, Jace, and Owen, adored son of the late Martin, Sr. and Ethel, and hero big brother of Beth and her husband Joe, Robert and his wife Elly, Eileen and her husband Billy, and Gerri and her husband Paul. Born in Brooklyn, NY on April 7, 1940, Marty attended Blessed Sacrament, St. Francis Prep, and Delehanty HS. At 15 he met and fell in love with Dorothy. At 17 he volunteered for the U.S. Navy and proudly served aboard the USS Fulton AS-11 for four years and in 1961 he married Dorothy, the love of his life. After serving in the Navy he worked for Plymouth Rock Provisions in the Bronx, NY for 12 years. In 1972 he, his wife and three children moved to Montvale NJ and in 1973 he purchased his first of several Exxon station where he worked until his retirement in 1989 and where he spent time with his sons in subsequent years. Marty invested wisely in real estate and stocks but mostly worked hard for everything he accomplished his whole life. He enjoyed 40 years of part-time and full-time residence on Sanibel Island, his “La La Land,” and he enjoyed spending family time in both NJ and FL. Marty was a faithful parishioner of both Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in NJ and St. Isabel Catholic Church in FL, a fun-loving member of Captiva Island Yacht Club, an avid golfer, and a car enthusiast. He volunteered for many years with the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Habitat For Humanity, and the Montvale Fire Department, where he was recognized one day after his passing for his 45 years of service. The family will receive visitors at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Rd., Westwood, NJ on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 1PM to 4PM and 7PM to 9PM. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady Mercy Catholic Church, 2 Fremont Ave., Park Ridge, NJ at 10AM. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to either Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center or Habitat For Humanity.

  • DONATIONS

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • or Habitat For Humanity

Services

  • Visitation Monday, November 11, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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Amy Martens-Johannes

November 11, 2019

You were a wonderful man Mr. Gallagher! I always felt like you treated me as one of your own! Many special memories of growing up on Upper Saddle River Road will warm my heart forever.

Dean Hoff

November 11, 2019

To the Gallagher Family, my Sincere Condolences,
I first met Marty in 1986, I was working for Exxon and had recently been transferred from Houston to a sales territory in the NYC metro area.

On my first visit, he dropped everything he was doing and gave me a tour of Montvale, pointing out various corporate headquarters, and giving me insight about the area.

Marty explained that the Chestnut Ridge location, was scheduled to be razed and rebuilt in the near future. The Gallagher’s subsequently made the new station one of Exxon’s finest locations.

I am confident that whenever anyone from Exxon’s headquarters were in the area, they likely were shown the station, as it was a perfect example, run always in the manner we endeavored to have all stations operate.

Another time, Marty took me to his home, after work, for cocktails and to meet Dorothy. (and of course, show me his car collection) I very much appreciated his hospitality.

One additional memory I would like share. Around this time, an a cappella song was getting a lot of air-play, It was Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” Marty seemed to really enjoy the song.

I remember thinking at the time, that Marty appeared to live that song.

Sincerely,

Dean Hoff

Carmen Marranzini

November 11, 2019

artin is a hero in my mind. He and his wife helped me and my son to get ahead in life without asking nothing on return. That is how he was generous to a fault. Let his generosity be remembered forever. He loved his wife, daughter sons and grandchildren. A faithful and loving son to his mother and father and a pride to his country. Marty served in the US Navy. His volunteer work at the Montvale Fire Department and Habitat for Humanity were exemplary. He will always be in in our hearts forever. This is a great loss to all but it was my privilege to have the opportunity to share some happy times with him and his dear family.

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