Service:

September 16, 2021

at

11 a. m.

Location:

Our Lady of Fatima Church

No service at this time.

Visitation:

September 15, 2021

from

4-8 p. m.

Location:

Sydney Memorial Chapel

Burial Information:

September 16, 2021

at

11 a. m.

Burial will be scheduled at a later date.

Private Burial

Location:

Holy Cross Cemetery, Sydney

Requested Charity:

Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia

or

Bruce Gallagher

August 18, 1925 - September 10, 2021

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Sydney

Former Sydney Millionaire passes at 96.

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother and friend on September 10, 2021.

The well-known former Sydney Millionaire hockey player was born on August 18, 1925, to the late Frank and Cathleen Gallagher.

After graduating high school from De LaSalle College in Toronto, he played hockey for the Oshawa Generals.  In 1947, he came to Sydney N.S. to play hockey for the Sydney Millionaires and began a 42-year career as a diesel electrician at the Sydney Steel Mill.

During his time with the Millionaires, they won several Nova Scotia and Maritime Senior hockey Championships. In 1948, the Millionaires defeated the Halifax St. Mary’s Club, the Pembroke Lumber Kings on way to face the Toronto Marlboros in the Allen Cup finals.  It was a wonderful return to his home town and play at Maple Leaf Gardens in front of family and friends.

In 1949, Bruce married Gertrude Short, daughter of Sadie and Paul Short. They had seven children, Paul (Carol), Frank, daughter, Verola, Kelly (Lisa), Bruce (Colleen), Brent (Caroline), Peter (Susie), daughter-in-law, Gail Gallagher.  

Bruce was predeceased by his wife, Gert; son-in-law, Findlay Morrison; and granddaughter, Kiley Gallagher.  

Bruce and Gert were blessed with 20 grandchildren and three great-grandsons. His only surviving sibling is younger brother, Ted, 91.

Bruce had a long history of coaching in his community: St. FXU (little X-Sydney), senior hockey teams, various minor hockey teams and Riverview High School. He had a long career as a referee and as president of the Cape Breton Referee Association, his tutelage directed a number of referees to the pro level and NHL.  As a true community volunteer, he was a board member of the Sydney Steelworkers Credit Union for many years, baseball coach and volunteered at Our Lady of Fatima Church in various capacities.  The McDonald-Gallagher peewee hockey tournament is named in his honor.

Bruce was truly a devoted family man and stayed by his wife, Gert during their sixty years of marriage and particularly, the years she struggled with Alzheimer’s. He was never more happy than being with his children and grandchildren in a hockey rink, at Ingonish beach or wherever his travels took him and Gert.  Bruce had a great personality, always calm with a wonderful sense of humor.

The family would like to thank the staff of Parkland and Harbourstone for the care and compassion our parents received over the years.

Donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

Visitation will take place on Wednesday, September 15 from 4-8 p.m. at Sydney Memorial Chapel. Funeral mass will be held Thursday, September 16 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Sydney River, with Rev. Patrick O’Neill officiating. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Sydney.

     

Condolences:

Funeral & Service Details:

Service:

No service at this time.

September 16, 2021

at

11 a. m.

Our Lady of Fatima Church

Visitation:

September 15, 2021

from

4-8 p. m.

Sydney Memorial Chapel

Burial Information:

September 16, 2021

at

11 a. m.

Burial will be scheduled at a later date.

Private Burial

Holy Cross Cemetery, Sydney

Requested Charity:

Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia

or

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