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GALLAGHER, James Emmet

June 7, 1933 – June 14, 2013

We are sad to announce the passing of Dr. James Emmet Gallagher at Bow View Manor, Calgary, AB on Friday, June 14, 2013 at the age of 80.

Jim was born in Lamont and lived in Chipman, AB, completing his schooling in Edmonton. He obtained his BEd degree from the University of Alberta, earning his journeyman’s carpenter certificate along the way. He followed this with an MEd degree from U of A and an EdD degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Jim taught in Yellowknife, NWT and was Vice-Principal of Sir John Franklin High School there. He later joined the Faculty of Education at the U of A, where he soon became a Full Professor and Head of the Department of Industrial and Vocational Education. Upon his retirement from U of A, he held a position at St. Clair College in Windsor, ON for several years. During his career, Jim travelled the world, engaged in various projects with the Canadian International Development Agency, the International Labour Organization, and other groups. He loved sports, and was an avid curler and golfer.

Jim is survived by his loving companion, Dr. Sharon Robertson; his three children, Shelley Gallagher (Brent Podiluk), Patrick Gallagher, and James Robertson; his former spouse, Marvey Gallagher (née Ridley); his nephews, Doug Sims and Mark Gallagher. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Emmet and Edna Gallagher, and by his siblings, Spencer and Avis.

A Celebration of James Life will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens (24223 Township Road 242 Calgary, AB) (403-240-4032). Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 781-1978, or to the Canadian Red Cross Society, Southern Alberta Region, 2nd Floor, 1305 – 11st Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T3C 3P6, Telephone: (403) 541-6100, to assist with on-going emergency relief efforts in Southern Alberta.

In living memory of James Gallagher, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Hearing that Mr. Gallagher had passed brought tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat, because he literally saved me from myself, when he was my basketball coach in Yellowknife. I was well on my way to becoming a ne’er-do-well until he cared enough to point out the error(s) of my ways. But he tempered his criticism with strong words of encouragement because he saw the potential within me.

    Because he believed in me I completed high school – the first step. Then I attended SAIT, became an Engineering Technologist and worked in the pulp industry for 40 years. I married in my 20’s, fathered a son and a daughter, and am now grandfather to 3, with another on the way. My oldest granddaughter is graduating from high school this month. My wife and I celebrated our 43rd anniversary this year.

    Some people leave a lasting impact, whether they know it or not. I have thought about Mr. Gallagher many times throughout the years and in memoriam, I say publicly, thank you to a fine and caring man for a future that would have been very different for me had I not met him. My profound sympathy to his loved ones.

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  2. Maureen McLaren (MacPherson) :

    Sincere condolences to Jim’s family. I taught with Jim up in Yellowknife NWT, a nice guy and a great teacher.

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