Robert H. (Bob) Gallagher, Age 93, of Columbus, NJ, passed away peacefully on April 26th,,
2020 in Camden, NJ. Bob was born in Philadelphia, PA, to John A. & Elizabeth V. Gallagher
(nee O’Connor) on June 27, 1926.
Bob attended High School in Irvington, NJ. Upon graduation
he enlisted in The United States Navy and spent 28+ years serving his country with honor and
dedication. After years of hard work and dogged determination Robert achieved the rank of
Master Chief Petty Officer, the highest rank attainable as an enlisted man and at the time of this
extremely difficult achievement he was the youngest sailor to have done so.
Bob earned many medals during his long and distinguished naval career. He was extremely proud
of his Naval Service and rightfully so. He also loved to tell stories of his adventures in the Navy
to anyone who would listen and it was always a pleasure to hear them. After retirement from the
US Navy Bob went to work for 15 years at 3M in Cinnaminson, NJ retiring as an electronics
repair technician. There weren’t many electronic machines at the time that Bob couldn’t fix.
Upon retiring from 3M Bob had many interests he pursued. He enjoyed cooking (Asian cuisine
was his favorite), gardening, traveling and also discovered a particular talent for painting which
he continued in to his nineties. Bob also enjoyed many, many friends and received many awards
and honors for his community outreach as well as his many years of work with The V.F.W, Post
26 in Bordentown, NJ. Bob was also a Master Mason and was a generous donor to many
charities and benevolent organizations.
He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Helen C.
Gallagher, his brother Jim and wife Pat, and his youngest daughter Kathy (Kat) Johnson. He is
survived by his current wife, Gloria E. Gallagher, (nee Mackenzie), daughter Susan Keller (Rick),
son Steven Gallagher (Laura), Son-in-Law Charles Johnson, Step Daughters Colleen Devereux
(Lyndee), Denise Maconi (Dave), Bradd Devereux (Susan) and Grandchildren Sarah, Patrick,
Christopher, CJ, Kimberly, David, Darrin, Dana, Cale, Daymond, Bianca and two great
grandchildren, Scarlett and Violet and several nieces. His stories, anecdotes, limericks, huge
smile, corny jokes and infectious laugh will be sorely missed by all who loved him. God Bless
Master Chief, we shall meet again.
Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 Restrictions no services will be held at this time.
Robert’s interment will be at The BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery located in
Relatives and friends are invited to visit the cemetery website at:
https://www.nj.gov/military/veterans/services/cemetery/ for updates on when services may
resume and how to visit the grave site prior to returning to normal operations.
Additional notifications will be published in the future identifying when there will be a full
Funeral Service with Military Honors at the Cemetery for Robert.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the following organizations or to the
charity of your choice:
The Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society: https://www.nmcrs.org/
Wounded Warriors Family Support: https://www.wwfs.org/