Oakfield - Mr. Frank R. Gallaway, 82, of Oakfield, a Plant Manager for Comstock Foods in Oakfield prior to his retirement, died Thursday, November 25, 2010at United Memorial Medical Center, in Batavia after being stricken at his home.
Mr. Gallaway was born January 7, 1928 in Dunkirk, a son of the late Frank A. and Irene (Olrogge) Gallaway.
He was a member of St. Padre Pio Parish (St. Cecelia’s Church) since 1972, where he served as grounds keeper and cemetery caretaker. He was the founder and present leader of the Merrymen Crew. A graduate of North Collens High School, he was a former member of the North Collins Fire Department, N. Collins School Board, and Rotary Club. After moving to Oakfield, he joined the Lions Club where he was a member for over 35 years, Oakfield Fire Department, active in Oakfield Little League, Town of Oakfield Board, Genesee County Planning Board, and served as liaison on projects between the Town and Village of Oakfield. He was the project manager for remodeling of the Oakfield Presbyterian Church and St. Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecelia's Worship site, the Catholic church in Darien and was instrumental in the reconstruction of the North Collins School House #8.
He had a personal connection with Santa Clause.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Zulawski) Gallaway, whom he married August 4, 1951; 2 daughters, Judy (Tom) Leaton of Liverpool and Debbie (Jerry) Armbruster of Oakfield; a son, Patrick (Kathy) Gallaway of Pembroke; 12 grandchildren, Brian (Laura) Leaton, Ellen (Jeffrey) Hoppe and Brenda (Tom) Bray, all of Liverpool, Natalie (James) Emerson and Chad (Sonja) Armbrewster, both of Oakfield, Jeannine Armbrewster of Batavia, Sara (Clifton) Johnson of TX, Jason Gallaway, James Morford, Adam Gallaway, Megan Gallaway and Collin Gallaway, all of Pembroke; and granddog, Oscar; 10 great-grandchildren, Jack, Graham, Benjamin, Aubrey, Kali, Gaige, Gavin, Owen, Emma and Alex; 2 brothers, Richard (Betty) Gallaway of VA and Dean (Marge) Gallaway of Langford; 3 sisters, Barbara Boyle of FL, Donna Frank of West Valley and Sandy (Bob) Kaczmarek of Brant; 2 brothers-in-law, 1 sister-in-law, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
was the brother of the late Elizabeth Saabye.
Friends may call on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, where prayers at 9:30 a.m. Monday will be followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecelia’s Worship Site. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to School House #8 Historical Center, 2101 School St., North Collins, NY 14111 or to St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Ave., Oakfield, NY 14125. Burial will be in St. Cecilia's Cemetery in Oakfield.