Robert R. Gallagher, Dunmore, died Friday afternoon in the Regional Hospital of Scranton where he had been a patient for a week. The cause of his death was metastatic lung cancer. He was the husband of the former Arleen Wagner for 36 years.
He was the son of the late Michael and Bridget Peyton Gallagher of Scranton. He would have celebrated his 82nd birthday on August 29. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and its Holy Name Society, a member of the first graduating class of the Scranton Preparatory School, a graduate of the University of Scranton and was a veteran of seven years in the United States Navy Reserve rising to a commissioned officer in 1955.
Bob began his career as a reporter in New York City at the “Radio-Television Daily” – a trade publication. He served later as Night Editor and Associate Editor of the National Radio-Television Yearbook. He joined the Columbia Broadcasting System in 1953 where he held positions as Advertising and Promotions Manager in broadcasting divisions over the next 18 years. He was a member of the charter groups that formed Viacom as an offshoot of CBS.
He returned to Scranton in 1972 to assume the position of Advertising, Promotion and Marketing Director for the Revere Company, a position he held until his retirement in 1993.
Bob was a devoted and loving husband, brother and uncle with a wonderful sense of humor. He was gifted creatively, his family moniker being “Words.” To say he will be missed by many is an understatement of the fact.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sisters Catherine Jablonski and Mary Wagner of Dunmore and Patricia Ingrasci of Scranton; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his sister Margaret Miller; his brother Msgr. John P. Gallagher, Ph.D of the Diocese of Scranton; his uncle Servant of God Fr. Patrick Peyton, CSC the internationally known and revered Rosary priest, and candidate for Sainthood.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 9:30am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 800 Taylor Ave.
Anyone attending the Mass is kindly invited to go directly to the church.
Friends may call Thursday from 5-7pm in the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. Scranton and Friday morning from 9am until time of Mass at the church.
Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
For directions or to leave an online condolence please visit www.vanstonandjames.com