Obituary of Nicola Albert 'Al' Galante

USArmy
World War II Veteran

NICOLA A. "AL" GALANTE - in Woburn, May 1st, at 99.9 years of age. Beloved husband of Marion R. (Cardaleen) Galante of Woburn. Devoted father of Barbara J. Walsh and Donald A. Galante both of Woburn and his late son-in-law Richard Walsh. Loving "Papa" of Susan J. Walsh of NH, Richard M. Walsh and Kaitlyn A. Galante both of Woburn. Dear brother of Vera Roberts of FL, John Galante of Brewster, and the late Donald, Oliver, Armand, Louis, Gilda and Vincenza Galante.. A Funeral will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, May 4th at 12:45 p.m.. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call on Thursday, 11a.m.~12:30 p.m.. prior to the Service. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that remembrances may be made in Al's memory to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave, Norwood, MA 02062.

OBITUARY:

Nicola Albert “Al” Galante, passed away at the Sawtell House in Reading, Monday morning May 1st, just twenty four days shy of his 100th birthday. He was the beloved husband of Marion R. (Cardaleen) Galante, for over seventy-five years.

Al was born in Bethel, Vermont, son of the late Donta and Angelina(Tancredi) Galante. Being one of nine children, the family moved to Woburn, where they all grew up and had gone to school. Al graduated from Woburn High School with the Class of 1935. Following high school, Al began working in the leather industry and then for Mass Gear and Tool, just shortly before he entered the United States Army. Al enlisted in November of 1942 and served until January 1946. Proudly serving our country, Al was trained as a bomb sight and automatic repairman, receiving medals for both the American Theater Campaign and European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon.

Following the Army, Al decided to travel and see the world! Upon his return home he secured his position back at Mass Gear and Tool, which later became Geartronics. He worked there for well over forty years, having achieved production manager at the time of his retirement at age sixty-five.

Not being a man of ‘too much’ leisure time, Al always enjoyed being active, so needless to say he quickly stepped back into the working world on a part time basis. Al worked at Brandon Brothers, where they made metal instruments such as flutes, piccolos, and many other fine musical instruments. For about seven or eight years Al took on the responsibilities of being the Crossing Guard at the Wyman School, which was a position he really enjoyed, being a “grandfather” to all!.

In 1942 he married his sweetheart Marion to whom he has been devoted to for over seventy five years! Two children filled their lives and then their three grandchildren, of whom he was so proud and shared a very special relationship with each. He was very active in attending his grandchildren’s sporting and academic activities along with enjoying all their many wonderful visits to “Papa’s“.

Al and Marion loved to dance and had a wonderful group of friends whom they would venture out with each weekend and dance the night away. When it came to vacations, the Galante’s enjoyed camping. Up and down the northeast they would enjoy the mountains, rivers, lakes and ocean, always meeting some wonderful people along the way. Al had also served as a Scout Master while his son was young and remained in the Boy Scouts for a time afterwards, volunteering to help out other youngsters.

Al was always very active throughout his lifetime. He was a charter member of the St. Anthony Club, having served as an officer, Burlington Lions Club, where he was the recipient of the fifty year perfect attendance award and had also held positions in the organization over the years.

Al loved his God and was a very faith filled person and parishinor of St. Anthony Church. Throughout the years he was active in the Church Festival, Holy Name Society and served as a collector. A soft spoken, ambitious and always a gentleman, Al was a loving husband, dedicated Dad and very proud Papa.

Sadly, he was predeceased by his parents, son-in-law Richard Walsh, his brothers Donald, Oliver, Armand, Louis, all of who passed away over the last year, and his sisters Gilda and Vincenza Galante.

Al is lovingly survived by his wife Marion, his children, Barbara J. Walsh and Donald A. Galante, all of Woburn, his grandchildren, Susan J. Walsh of NH, Richard M. Walsh and Kaitlyn A. Galante both of Woburn and his siblings, Vera Roberts of FL and John Galante of Brewster. A Funeral will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, May 4th at 12:45 p.m.. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call on Thursday, 11a.m.~12:30 p.m.. prior to the Service. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that remembrances may be made in Al's memory to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave, Norwood, MA 02062