Jack R. Gallant
Gallant, Jack R. (January 11, 2021). Jack was the eldest son of Harry Bade & Alma(Thornton) Gallant. He was predeceased by his younger brother, Harry Gallant. He was the beloved husband of Mary B. (nee Coll) for more than 70 years. Loving father to Mary E. (Harry) Syer, Robert B. (Paula) Gallant, and Thomas M. (Maureen) Gallant. He will also be missed by his 7 grandchildren, Christopher Syer, Elizabeth (Syer) Ashmore, Jenna Gallant, Jonathan Gallant, Lauren Gallant, Savannah Gallant, and Maura Gallant and 2 great grandchildren, Ethan Syer and Bella Ashmore.
Husband, Dad, Big Daddy, Brother, and Uncle Jack were all roles Jack fulfilled with joy and humor. As a youth, he and his brother shared many adventures during summers in Ocean City, N.J. Before becoming a teenager, he met the love of his life, Mary, in Sunday School at Summerfield Methodist Church. From that moment forward they were life partners.
Jack was an enthusiastic Boy Scout and then leader until moving on to serve as a United States Marine. He worked for the Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) for 42 years until his retirement.
Jack’s sense of humor, often ‘corny’ and usually at the wrong times, was his hallmark. He elevated the existential art of “just being” to a joyful experience. His fascination with both the natural and simpler events in life bespoke his desire to understand the complexities of the universe. Whether studying the stars, tracking the space station, watching sunrise over the ocean, fishing at dawn on a placid lake, admiring the sunset over the Grand Canyon or studying the mechanics of a trash truck emptying a dumpster, he truly enjoyed the quiet moments and minutiae in life. His gentle soul will be missed by all who loved and knew him.
Due to current circumstances, Jack’s services will be private. The family will schedule a Celebration of Life in the fall of 2021. Interment at Whitemarsh Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jack’s name may be made to the “Martha Nuss Scholarship Fund” at 660 N. Broad St, Lansdale, PA 19446, which benefits the employees of Elm Terrace Gardens. Graveside ceremony can be viewed virtually on Thursday, January 14th, 1pm at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85788018129?pwd=M1FLNTZZTSsrd1FRd3NVMDdhY0phZz09
Jack will be missed. I always smile when I think of him.
I too smile whenever I think of Jack and the times our paths crossed and we spent time together. Rest In Peace. However possible, Heaven is a little happier now.