John "Jack" A Gallagher

Died: Wed., Nov. 25, 2020

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Whitinsville-John “Jack” Gallagher, 76, formerly of Whitinsville,  passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 after a period of declining health.  

        Born in Lowell in 1944, Jack grew up in Douglas, MA and was a 1962 grad of Douglas High School. He went on to attain his Bachelor’s degree in political science from UMass Amherst and his Masters in Education from Worcester State. Jack spent more than 30 years teaching history, civics, social studies and driver’s education to students in Douglas and at Blackstone Valley Tech in Upton.  He took pride in imparting wisdom and a healthy dose of nonsense to his students, often regaling them with tales of leprechauns, banshees, witches and of course, his beloved classroom pet,  Monkey, who took up residence in the room 20 closet. Unbelievable.

        Jack spent 46 years married to his beautiful wife Pamela (Chauvin) who put up with his shenanigans and often joined in the fun.  They raised two children, Aaron and Kate, who will both tell you they won the parent lottery.  There was never a dull moment with Jack’s unique sense of humor and his proclivity to tell fantastical stories. Jack was a family man who could fix anything, except dinner, but that didn’t stop him from trying.

        After retirement Jack and Pam moved to Norton to be closer to their children. The pair spent many days and nights creating memories with their grandchildren and spoiling their beloved dog, Aoife.

        Jack leaves behind a heartbroken but thankful family. His wife, Pamela, of Norton; his son, Aaron Gallagher of Mansfield, daughter-in-law Kara and grandson Myles; his daughter, Kate Gallagher of Dedham, son-in-law Brian Dowdall and grandsons Jack and Ryan; his sister, Bettyann Merkins and brother-in-law Jeff of Union Grove, Alabama and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his father Arthur Gallagher and mother Adelia Gallagher (Mercier) of Douglas.

        They say people may forget what you do, but they will never forget how you made them feel. If that’s the case, Jack won’t soon be forgotten by his hundreds of students and the many friends he made along the way.

        Jack’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, December 2nd at 11am in St. Patrick’s Church, 1 Cross St.,Whitinsville. There will be no public calling hours due to the pandemic but a celebration of his life will be planned when the public health situation permits. Donations in Jack’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts, To leave a condolence message for his family please visit

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   Posted Fri November 27, 2020
So sorry for your loss Kate and Aaron , your dad was an amazing man who never forgot a student he taught. I used to see him at Walmart in Northbridge and he knew me when he would see me. Sending some prayers for you all

Cathy Henault Maranda
   Posted Fri November 27, 2020
I am so sorry for your lose. Mr. Gallagher was an awesome man!!! 30+ years out of school and still remembers you.

Jeff Koopman
   Posted Fri November 27, 2020
One of the Good Guys! So many fond memories of Mr. G. His life story shares memories of what our class was like on a daily basis. He made learning fun. All fun aside, there was a serious side to
him, a side who would listen and give good advise... followed by something crazy to lighten the mood!
Years later, Jack would still remember past students by name as paths crossed. Unbelievable instead, Mr. Gallagher. R. I. P.

John and Linda (McKeon) Pietrewicz
   Posted Fri November 27, 2020
Pam and family.
We send our deepest sympathy and condolences to you.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Laurie King
   Posted Fri November 27, 2020
Pam and family-So sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my thoughts as you grieve this loss. My deepest sympathy to you. God bless.

Verne L. Thayer
   Posted Fri November 27, 2020
I remember Jack Gallagher well when i went to BVT. Class 71 . Mr Gallager was one of the "Cool" teachers at the time. RIP.

Brian Louis
   Posted Fri November 27, 2020
Class of 1978 Valley Tech.., His class was a fun and unique one! I remember the monkey in the closet! Great teacher. RIP

Lynda Desjardins
   Posted Fri November 27, 2020
My condolences to the family...I remember him fondly, was an amazing teacher and always helped me love learning from Civics, History and Drivers Ed.....Thank you

Jim Delage
   Posted Fri November 27, 2020
Jack was one of the many great teachers at BVT during the male-only era, Rest in peace Jack. Jim Delage class of 76

robert trottier
   Posted Fri November 27, 2020
I am so sorry to Mr. Gallaghers family for their loss. your loss is also our loss. i graduated from BVT in 1993 and had him as my history teacher each year. He was always one of my favorite teachers and i loved the stories he would tell. He had a great passion for his work and his family and i will never forget him.

Sandra Boucher
   Posted Fri November 27, 2020
My thoughts and prayers to his family during this difficult time. Mr. Gallagher was a funny guy. He was my teacher back in the mid 90”s. A very funny and nice guy. So sad to hear of his passing. Not everyone can make a difference but mr. Gallagher was lucky enough to be someone who did.

Julie Speight
   Posted Sat November 28, 2020
Im so sad sorry for our loss. I loved Mr Gallagher he made learning fun. He reached our hearts and he was an amazing person I will never forget. He lives on thru his wonderful children and many of us BVT students. My deepest condolences I know he will be up there rocking the heaven's god has one of his best angles now thank you for being a great person

Tommy Lessard
   Posted Sat November 28, 2020
I'm sorry for your loss....Mr. Gallagher was a great teacher and

John and Janet Burke
   Posted Sat November 28, 2020
Dear Pam, Aaron, and Kate, We are all so sorry for your loss. Jack was a great guy and neighbor, and we always enjoyed his humorous stories. May you all take comfort in knowing he is at peace and in a better place. Love,
John, Janet and Family

Samantha Barrus
   Posted Sat November 28, 2020
I was one of the student from Blackstone Valley Tech class of 2003. I remember the monkey in the closet. Also if you told him good morning he would say good evening and always made us smile. I would love to thank him for being the best teacher. My you rest in peace.

Patrick O’Connell
   Posted Sat November 28, 2020
Mr. Gallagher was my history/social studies teacher from 1996-2000 when I graduated BVT. He kept everyone on their toes and always made class fun. My deepest condolences to his family.

Victor V
   Posted Sat November 28, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I was in the class of 1985 from BVT. "Mr. Gallagher, Sir. Which we always called him" was a great teacher. I became a teacher myself and try to use humor myself as he did. He will always be remembered fondly as long as I'm alive. God Bless all of you at this sad time.😪

Moe and Rosalie Lamontagne
   Posted Sun November 29, 2020
Dear Pam, Aaron and Kate,
Our deepest condolences to you all. We were so saddened to hear of Jack's passing. He was a delight with his quips and comical statements. May he rest in peace and may you all find peace in the days ahead.

Margaret Couture
   Posted Mon November 30, 2020
I worked with Pam at Reliant Medical in Milford. I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Jack. I had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times. He was a very funny man. Pam, Aaron and Kate, please find comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of him. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

Janice Tynan
   Posted Mon November 30, 2020
Dear Pam, Aaron and Kate,
We have so many wonderful memories of Jack. He was always telling stories and had such a sense of humor. One thing I remember him saying a lot was, “Pam, what about the little people?” I feel blessed that he touched our lives.
Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

   Posted Thu December 03, 2020
Dear Gallagher Family, I was a classmate of Jack's from first grade through graduation at Douglas High. I recently found a picture of him from our 5th grade class. Although I saw him rarely over the past 50+ years, he remained an unforgettable character. Our personal connection was an undying love for the Red Sox. On chance meetings, when your family lived in Whitinsville, he and I would either bemoan the ineptitude of the team or triumph in their prowess. From the messages of his students, I sense that his character had not changed much over the years. News of his passing spread quickly among his classmates. On behalf of the Class of '62, I extend our sympathy for your loss.

mike boulanger
   Posted Fri December 04, 2020
RIP from BVT class of 1976.

Keith McLinden
   Posted Mon December 07, 2020
To the Family of Mr. Gallagher,
I am sorry for your loss! I was a student of the class of 1990 BVT. Mr. Gallagher was a huge inspiration in my life. I am now a history teacher at a vocational school myself. I have stolen more than one of his jokes and I hope that I am passing on to my students what he passed on to me. He taught me that history is interesting and that school doesn't have to be boring.
Love from my family to yours,
Keith McLinden

Keith McLinden
   Posted Mon December 07, 2020
To the family of Mr. Gallagher,
I am very sorry for your loss. I am from the BVT class of 1990. Mr. Gallagher inspired me to be a history teacher and reminded me that school doesn't need to be miserable. I also teach at a vocational school and have stolen many of his jokes. I thank his family for sharing him with his students.
Keith McLinden

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