Italo B. Galante

June 29, 2003

U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

ITALO B. GALANTE – in Woburn, June 29th, beloved husband of the late June (Hansen) Galante and the late Marie (Mistretta) Galante. Devoted father of Robert J. Galante of Stoneham and Dennis J. Galante and his wife Joanne of Winchester. Dear brother of Adolph Galante of Winchester, Jeanne Gonsalves and her husband John of Woburn, Rick Galante and his wife Peggy of Malden, and the late Violet Elia. Loving grandfather of Dennis Jr., Jarrod, Kristen, and Evan. Dear friend of Pat McSweeney of Woburn. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, July 2nd, at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Italo’s memory to the Mass. Lions Eye Research Fund, PO Box 6050, New Bedford, MA 02742.

OBITUARY:

Italo B. Galante, a well-known resident of Woburn and longtime employee of the Daily Times Chronicle, passed away at his home Sunday morning after a courageous battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his first wife, Marie (Mistretta) Galante, who died in 1974, and his second wife June (Hansen) Galante, who died several years ago.

Born in Woburn eighty-two years ago, he was the son of the late Robert and Angelina (DiSalvo) Galante. He graduated from Woburn High School with the Class of 1938. He joined the National Guard in 1939, was inducted at Camp Edwards in January of 1941, and left for the South Pacific with the Americal Division in January of 1942, just a month after war was declared. He was stationed in Australia and New Caladonia. He served in the Army for three years, attaining the rank of master sergeant, before returning to Camp Lee, Virginia. He was discharged at Ft. Devens in September of 1945.

Upon returning to Woburn, Mr. Galante opened a grocery business in the highlands.

In 1946, he joined the staff of the Woburn Daily Times, and worked his way up to be the superintendent of the composing room. In later years, he joined the sales department at the newspaper.

He was highly involved in civic and service organizations. A school committee member in 1963-1964, he was appointed to the Cemetery Commission in 1977 by Mayor Thomas Higgins, and served in that capacity for a number of years. He worked for a time on the Woburn Housing Authority Grievance Board as well as the Woburn Citizens Advisory Board.

Mr. Galante joined the Lions Club in 1952 and held office over the years as financial secretary, treasurer, vice president, and served as president of that organization in 1967-68. In more recent years, he joined the Masons and was an active member of the Mt. Horeb Lodge of Woburn.

In addition to his first wife Marie and his second wife June, he was predeceased by a sister, Violet Elia.

Surviving are two sons, Robert J. Galante of Stoneham and Dennis J. Galante and his wife Joanne of Winchester, two brothers, Adolph Galante of Winchester and Rick Galante and his wife Peggy of Malden, and a sister, Jeanne Gonsalves and her husband John of Woburn. He was also the loving grandfather of Dennis Jr., Jarrod, Kristen, and Evan, and dear friend of Pat McSweeney of Woburn.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, July 2nd, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Italo’s memory to the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, PO Box 6050, New Bedford, MA 02742.

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