Donald ‘Hank’ Galante

January 10, 2017

Donald ‘Hank’ Galante
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

DONALD “HANK” GALANTE, – of Woburn, January 10th, unexpectedly at eighty-seven years of age. Son of the late Donato and Angelina (Tancredi) Galante. Loving father of Susan Branley, her husband Kenneth of Wilmington, Donald Galante Jr., his wife Michele of Easton, Barbara Hart, her husband Phillip of Burlington, Marybeth Laing, her husband Norman of CA, Janet Galante of Woburn, Michael Galante, his wife Dianne of Billerica. Devoted brother of Albert Galante of Woburn, Vera Roberts of FL., John Galante of Brewster, the late Oliver Galante, late Armand Galante, late Louis Galante, late Gilda Galante and Vincenza Galante. Adored “PAPA” of David Brady, Jill Moorehouse, Dennis Laing, Christopher Black, Tara Simons, Joseph Kelley, Kenny Branley Jr., Jennifer Shea, Jaclyn Kelley, Brittany Bowen, Michele Galante, Kayla Galante, also survived by nineteen great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Long time companion of Barbara Noury of Bradford. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Tuesday, January 17th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home Monday, January 16th, 2 – 8 p.m. on Monday, January 16th. Rembrances may be made in Hank’s memory to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East, 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

OBITUARY:

Donald A.Galante (Hank) passed away with his beloved family by his side at Winchester Hospital, on Tuesday, January 10th at the age of 87.

Born in Woburn, Donald was the son of the late Donato and Angelina (Tancredi) Galante. A life long resident of North Woburn, Donald was raised and educated in Woburn and remained a very active gentleman throughout his eighty seven years.

In 1946, he enlisted in the US Air Force and became an Army Sgt. He served his country proudly during World War II. He was active in Osaka Japan July 1946 through April 1949 (Aircraft Controlling warning Squad) During that time he was stationed on Mt Rosakin, which was attacked and destroyed by explosions and fire.In Osaka he was the first cook in the mess hall. Along with preparing meals for the generals and higher officials. He was awarded The Army of Occupation Medal Japan and World War II Victory Medal.

In 1954, he started Galante Brothers Construction, a successful family business in Woburn. Donald was a very competent,successful business man who worked very hard. Donald was very proud to have had instilled the very same disciplined work ethic to his children.

In 1998 he was elected to represent his area in North Woburn on the Woburn City Council, proudly serving as Alderman Of Ward 6 for 3 consecutive terms. He remained very active after his retirement, joining the staff at Woburn Cab Co., as a driver for several years. Donald was often requested for daily pickups as he was one for a great conversations about current events, and telling his many war stories to his customers.

The greatest joy in his entire life was his family. He had strong family values and always a very genuine, loving and caring person, Donald’s life was full. a strong faith, he loved his home and it was always filled with love and laughter. The door was always open and he was always there with his love, encouragement, words of wisdom and a strong shoulder to lean on. Hank was an excellent cook and his pasta and gravy was his signature dish. The Holidays were a family tradition, always together. He had a great passion for cooking. Very smooth on his feet Donald loved to dance. Donald was a Burlington Lions Club member for many years, member of St Anthony’s Parish and was involved with the St Anthony’s Church and festival for many, many years.

A very genuine, loving and caring person, Donald’s life was full. Having the great love of family and friends, he will long be remembered.

He was the devoted father of Susan M. Branley and her husband Kenneth of Wilmington, Donald A. Galante, Jr and wife Michele of Easton, Barbara L Hart and her husband Phillip of Burlington, MaryBeth Laing and her husband, Norman of California. Janet L. Galante of Woburn and Michael J. and his wife Dianne of Billerica.

Proud and beloved Papa of David Brady, Jill Moorhouse, Dennis Laing, Christopher Black, Tara Simons, Joseph Kelley, Kenneth Branley, Jr, Jennifer Shea, Jaclyn Kelley, Brittany Bowen, Michele and Kayla Galante. 19 Great-grandchildren. And several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by Oliver Galante, Armand Galante Louis Galante, Gilda and Vincenza Galante. Devoted brother of Albert Galante of Woburn, Elvira Roberts of Florida and John Galante of Brewster Longtime companion of Barbara Noury of Bradford.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Tuesday, January 17th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home Monday, January 16th, 2 – 8 p.m. on Monday, January 16th. Remembrances may be made in Hank’s memory to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East, 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

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  1. Mike and Family, Just want to offer my condolences on the passing of your Father. May he Rest In Peace, Sorry I was not able to make it to services. God Bless..
    Robert DiLorenzo

  2. God bless you and your family at this time !RIP Hank,, great guy knew you my whole life GOD BLESS YOU .
    Tim McNeil

  3. Deepest sympathy to the Galante family on the loss of Hank. He was a gentleman and dear friend to all who knew him! Love and Respect, John Casey and family.

  4. Dear Galante Family

    We loved “Hank”, your Dad. We are Barbara’s cousins. He came to many of our get togethers and holidays in the past and most recently to my mother’s 100th birthday party in September. Was so glad to see him at that time. He will be sadly missed. He was a joy to be around.

    Love,
    Ron & Judy Dionne
    Juliana Campana Kellom

  5. Galante family.

    Out thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie & Sandy Culhane

  6. Very sorry for your loss. Hank and I served in the council together and he was a gentleman and a friend. He was also a good cook. He taught me how to make spaghetti sauce one night. He was a loyal friend. I always enjoyed our talks. R.I.P. Hank!

  7. Dear Galante Family,
    We are saddened to hear of Hank’s passing. We will remember how friendly he always was to everyone at the St. Anthony Club gatherings. He was a great comfort to us when our father passed away as well. Deepest sympathy to your family.

    Nancy Tedesco Steeves
    The Tedesco Family

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