Southwest Harbor, Maine
William Leicester Gallagher, 85, died after a brief illness, Feb. 22, 2021.
William was born on June 7, 1935, in Mineola, Long Island, New York, the son of William Farrington and Evelyn deLisser Gallagher.
Following graduation from St. Paul High School, he attended Middlebury College in Burlington, Vermont and later joined the Air Force.
William was medically discharged from the Air Force and went on to become a private pilot, a building contractor and developer in the Hamptons, Long Island, New York.
In 1970, Mr. Gallagher and his family moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland where he lived until 2018.
He was the president of Shamrock Airlines (formerly Wye Aviation) in Easton, Maryland, in the early 1970s.
William’s passion in life was flying airplanes. He took his family on many outings over the years and loved to show off his flying prowess by suddenly doing aerial tricks or buzzing friends on the ground. He was quite the mischievous, but talented, pilot!
William was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Hennings Gallagher; a son, Christopher Michael Gallagher; and a granddaughter, Eurith Faye Hopkins and her husband, Christopher Hopkins.
He is survived by his beloved children, Freya Elizabeth Gallagher of Southwest Harbor, Maine, Katherine Gallagher Payne and her husband, Jeff, of Ocean City, Maryland, Mark Kerr McCandless and his wife, Susan, of Preston, Maryland, Michael William Gallagher and his wife, Jimena, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, Kevin Hennings McCandless and his wife, Laura, of Overland Park, Kansas, and an “honorary” son, Abner Alexander Estrada of Easton, Maryland; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and his beloved Maine Coon kitty cat, Moose.
Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, John Norman Gallagher.
A Celebration of Life for Mr. Gallagher will be private.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember William in a special way may make a donation in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.