1926 – 2018
Woodstock – George Lincoln Gallerani, 92, beloved husband of the late Ruth M. (Duda) Gallerani, passed away peacefully on July 25, 2018. Born February 12, 1926 in Springfield, MA, he was the son of the late George James and Mary (Clo) Gallerani.
Raised in West Springfield, his family owned Clo Market, where he learned lifelong business skills in his early years instilling a strong work ethic which he passed to his children. A graduate of Cathedral High School, Springfield, MA, Class of 1943, George was proud to serve in the Navy during WWII, earning several medals including the Secretary of Navy Commendation Medal for meritorious service. George graduated with a BS in Industrial Engineering from UMass following his naval service.
George began his career with General Electric with the Manufacturing Training Program as a manufacturing engineer in Bridgeport, CT. He quickly rose through operations and executive leadership positions at GE taking him to Appliance Park in Louisville, KY. He was given an honorary commission as a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky. George later went to Cole Steel/Litton Industries in York, PA, and then, recognizing his devotion to be closer to his mother and family when his father passed, continued his career with Warner-Lambert/American Optical Corporation in Southbridge, MA. He was a colorful and dynamic leader who motivated with a keen mind, common sense and a direct manner not to be forgotten. With a cigar in hand, George saw what others missed, corrected the problem, often finding unique solutions. George was a consummate learner with over 3000 books in his library. He was an astute Abraham Lincoln and Civil War historian; George was born on Lincoln’s birthday, and given the name George Lincoln. An avid and skilled woodsman, skilled chainsaw operator, woodworker and gardener, George was happiest outside or in his woodworking ‘barn’. His furniture and woodworking will be a legacy for his family. He enjoyed making model airplanes creating wonderful replicas with a great eye for color and design. George and Ruth loved going to auctions and collecting and refinishing antiques. He was adventurous and with family traveled the United States seeing national parks and historical sites and continued to travel with Ruth well into their retirement. He was an active communicant of St. Mary Church of the Visitation in Putnam, CT, and Saint Rita’s in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. He loved the beach at their Santa Rosa Beach, FL, home and spent long hours walking the beach each day with Ruth. His dry humor, storytelling, his wry smile and being a natural teaser amused all and no one could help but be powerfully impacted by them.
His life joy was his family. Married to Ruth for over 58 years, their six children, who along with their families, mourn his loss. Sons Michael and wife Sharon (Goodwin) Gallerani of West Simsbury, CT; James and wife Virginia (Ambrose) of St Augustine, FL, and Fairfield, daughter Laura Perednia and husband Don of North Granby,CT, daughter Carol Otto and husband Bill of Lake Tomahawk, WI, son Paul and wife Mary (Walker) of Woodstock, CT, and daughter Beth DiPilato and husband Nick of West Boylston, MA. He also leaves 21 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren who will miss their Pappy. He also leaves his brother, Father Philip Gallerani of Orlando, FL, as well as cousins.
Donations in his name may be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeast Connecticut, 320 Pomfret Street, Putnam, CT 06260. The Gilman & Valade Funeral Home, Putnam, CT has been entrusted with his final care. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.