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Charles Gunter Gallagher

1925-2007

Charles Gunter Gallagher
Charles Gallagher passed away at the Saint John Regional Hospital after a brief illness. He was the husband of Frances (Olmstead) Gallagher. Born and raised in Centreville, Carleton County, NB, he was the son of the late Isaac and May Gallagher.

He graduated from Centreville High School in 1941 and went on to study at the N.S. Agricultural College for two years. Following the sudden death of his father, he returned to take over the family farm. He was married in 1949 and after contracting polio in 1952, decided to continue his education and studied at Macdonald College in Montreal from 1955 to 1957. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics, and was also president of the student body. He was chosen as a Nuffield Scholar in 1958 and went to Great Britain for six months to study Britain’s agricultural practices. He was District Agriculturalist from 1957 to 1967, after which he returned to farming. He was first elected in 1970 as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick representing Carleton County. He served on several committees to the Legislative Assembly in addition to being appointed as Minister of Education and Minister responsible for Historical Resources from 1976 to 1982. In 1980 he was appointed Minister of Continuing Education, and from 1982 to 1985 he served as Minister of Health. From 1985 to 1987 he was Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, and from 1991 to1993 he was appointed to sit on Commission Examining Rural Land Use and Environmental Concerns. He was also a member of the Centreville United Baptist Church, the Masonic Lodge, and was a Rotarian. After his retirement in 1987 he continued to be supportive and active in community events and politics. Chuck particularly enjoyed his time at the Yankee Traveler Trailer Park in Largo, Florida and at his cottage at 1st Eel Lake with his dearest friends and family. Above all, it was his wife, children and grand children that stayed first and foremost in his list of priorities. He was a friend to all people and was respected and admired by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

Charles is survived by his wife Frances (Olmstead) Gallagher, Woodstock, NB, daughters; Sally Little (David), Lakeview, NS, Kathleen Simonds (Harrison), Woodstock, NB, Jane Gallagher, Dawson Creek, BC, Beth Corscadden (Larry), Fredericton, NB, Patricia McCaughan (Stuart), Darlings Island, NB, sons; Isaac (Cindy), Quispamsis, NB, Samuel (Valery), Whitehorse, Yukon, 12 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, brother, Dr. John Gallagher (Wilma), Florida, sister, Mary Lunn (Charles), Franklin Center, Quebec, sister in laws; Laura Kirkpatrick, Beaconsfield, Quebec, Marjorie Olmstead, Fredericton, NB, brother in law, Robert Olmstead (Carolyn), Homestead, Florida, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents, Charles was predeceased by a daughter, Claire, sister, Marion Mitchell her husband Ronald and a brother in law Dr. Albert Olmstead.

Visitation will be held at The Carleton Funeral Home 337 Lockhart Mill Road Jacksonville on Thursday, June 21, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. Funeral service will be held on Friday, June 22 at the Woodstock Baptist Church 694 Main Street Woodstock, NB, at 1 PM with Rev. Leonard Cousins officiating. Interment will be held in Baptist Church Cemetery, Centerville, NB. At the family’s request donations can be made to IWK Hospital.
www.carletonfuneralhome.ca
Service Date
Friday, June 22, 2007