Walter S. Gallant
Walter S. Gallant of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, formerly of Barrington, Rhode Island, died on March 4, 2013. Born November 12, 1931 in Cranston, Rhode Island, he graduated high school from LaSalle Academy in Providence, in 1950. Walter was a combat veteran of the Korean War fighting with the 45th Infantry Division 179th Infantry, Company C. After returning from Korea, Walter met and married the late Ann Marie (St. John) Gallant in 1955. Walter worked for the Narragansett Electric Company in Providence for over 40 years. Walter and Ann Marie had three children; Kathleen Jaron, Linda McCormick and Walter J. Gallant. Walter was a devoted husband and loving father. "Papa" cherished his seven grandchildren; Noelle Carrington-Yuppa, Jonathan Jaron, Matthew, Andrew and Caitlin Wolstencroft, Joey and Elizabeth Gallant. Walter was also blessed with three great grandchildren; Tommy and Jake Yuppa and Ella Wolstencroft. Walter and Ann Marie were married for 48 years, Ann Marie was the love of his life. Walter's pride and joy were his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he devoted his life to their care, happiness and well being. Walter and Ann Marie spent 9 wonderful years in retirement on Martha's Vineyard; they loved summer days on the beach, picnics, quahogging and sharing their beautiful island with family and friends.Walter was a true gentleman. He loved a good meal, and a good laugh. Walter is survived by his sister, Connie Fahey of Deerfield Beach, FL and brother Paul Gallant of Ft.Lauderdale, FL. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday March 9th at 12:30 pm in St. Luke's Catholic Church 108 Washington Road Barrington, RI
Jocelyn Wolstencroft - 03/06/2013
I am very sad to hear of Walter's passing. Walter was such a gentle, kind man. He will be missed.
Rosemary McCormick - 03/06/2013
Walter was always a very sweet man. Everytime I met him I knew him to be the quiet strength of your wonderful family. I know you miss him but he will live forever in the hearts of all who knew him.
Jean (Whitney) Vinci and family - 03/07/2013
We are all sad to lose our friend, neighbor and one who we consider part of our family. Walter was like our Dad and our Grampa. He was the one who always offered to pick us up at the boat or mow our lawn. He always rose early in the morning if he knew you were leaving on a 7 am boat. He would come out of his house and help with the luggage and give you a big hug goodbye. Always telling you he loved you and would see you again soon. Our family was so blessed to share so many memories ...picnics on Edgartown Rd beach, cookouts til it got dark, watching fourth of july fireworks, Illumination, dinners together at our houses, on the porches, at Giordanos, Linda Jean's, Gay Head... Oh my goodness.. The Whitneys and Gallants like to get together over a good meal! Lots of laughs, lots of life to share. Along with his wife, Ann Marie and their children, our lives have been truely blessed! We will miss Walt's smile and hugs and in his honor we will carry on with the good things on life... To enjoy every minute with our family, encourage the next generation, love one another and reach out to neighbors. We love you Walt! Jeannie, Joey, Chris, Joyelle, Ryan, Liz and Jake with baby Blaise.
Norm. Whitney - 03/07/2013
Walter embodied those things that are right and good about life; caring for others, caretaking several properties at Cottage Park, serving my mom when she was struggling, loving Jean as his own daughter. You will be greatly missed my friend, and we will love you for as long as the good Lord gives us in this life.
Richard Mills PPD - 03/07/2013
Walter was great coworker. We worked together at the South Street Power Plant in the 1980's and 1990's. He was a true gentleman. Rest in peace Walter, you earned it.
Marjorie Whitney - 03/07/2013
My sisters and brothers speak from my own heart. With love, keeping a fond memory of
watching you raise and lower the American flag each day on the pole next to your
cottage(and taking it in with bad weather),
it is my promise to always honor the flag correctly for you.
Tom Frary Jr., Salem, MA - 03/07/2013
Though only having gotten to know Walter since taking over my Dad's cottage 10 or 12 years ago, it didn't take long to discover what a kind, thoughtful, and generous person he was. Looking out for a small patch of grass at the other end of Cottage Park, without even being asked the favor, was typical of Walter. His care and concern always seemed to be for others, not himself, though it was obvious how much he missed Ann Marie. Well, you're with her again, Walt; Godspeed to you both.
David Whitney, Pleasantville, NY - 03/08/2013
Walter was a great friend and neighbor. He was a true gentle man. He loved his family equally and always enjoyed when you would come to visit. He would clean and prepare for days in anticipation of your arrival. Always willing to help, always doing things without being asked, always being a good listener and always having a good one liner. One day I want to grow up to be like Walt. I loved him and will miss him dearly. Rest in peace good friend.
Sheila McCormick - 03/08/2013
Loved Walter's dry sense of humor! Very sorry to hear he's not with us anymore.
Megan Connelly - 03/08/2013
We will all miss Walter so much...our Vineyard will never be the same. Maggie and Palmer will miss his "homemade" cookies and riding scooters over to his porch. Walter always had a hug and a smile whenever we arrived...my whole family is deeply saddened by his passing. I was actually on the Vineyard when I heard the sad news and went by the cottage and had a moment...our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time.
Lots of love,
Meg, Jeff, Maggie and Palmer Connelly