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Thomas "Tom" E. Gallagher

January 26, 1951 ~ December 25, 2019 (age 68)


Thomas E. Gallagher, born January 26, 1951, passed away following a brief illness on Wednesday, December 25, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Tom, an adoring husband, dedicated father, devoted son, loving brother and compassionate protector, showed amazing courage and character throughout his life. His defining characteristic was his unbounding, unrelenting kindness. Tom was raised in Indianapolis, by Cornelius and Margaret Gallagher, graduated from Cathedral High School in 1969, and from Indiana University School of Business in 1973. Upon graduation he began a successful professional sales career with Harper and Row Publishers. In 1974, he purchased a farmhouse with 63 acres of farmland in Ellettsville. His intent may have been to pursue a quiet lifestyle as gentleman farmer, but in the end it was the place he and Mary Beth would call home. His family would grow, his interests and commitments would be endless, and his children would eventually return to raise their own families. 

For the past 15 years, he was employed by Hoosier Energy, where he earned a reputation for being a straight shooter and fair negotiator, serving his employer and gaining the trust and appreciation from those with whom he dealt. Tom lived a life fully involved with the entire Ellettsville community through his businesses and real estate, as well as serving on local boards. Tom's most significant role was that of devoted husband to Mary Beth and loving father to Joe, Meg and Kathleen. Whether it was supporting Mary Beth in her 40 year career as a kindergarten teacher, coaching his children's sports teams, or manning the grill at the farm for an afternoon cookout, Tom was always generous with his time and happy to share his good fortunes with all that entered his life. It was time spent with family and friends that brought him his greatest personal joy.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, Cornelius Gallagher;  his brother, John and brother-in-law, Bill Dufner.

He is survived by his mother, Margaret Gallagher, brother Joseph (Rita), and sister Maureen Guthrie-Dufner, wife Mary Beth, son Joseph (Audra), daughters Meg and Kathleen (Matt) and granddaughters Savannah and Jenna.

Visitation will be held at Chandler Funeral Home in Ellettsville on Monday, December 30, 2019, from 3:00 to 8:00 pm with a Recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be performed at St. Paul’s Catholic Center in Bloomington, on Tuesday, December 31, at 10:00 am with Father Reginald Wolford officiating. Chandler Funeral Home in Ellettsville is assisting with arrangements.  Share condolences, memories and more with the family at

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Bean Blossom Township Stinesville Fire Department, 7951 W. Main St. Stinesville, Indiana 47464.

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December 30, 2019

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Chandler Funeral Home
203 East Temperance Street
Ellettsville, IN 47429

Mass of Christian Burial
December 31, 2019

10:00 AM
St. Paul Catholic Center
1413 East 17th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408


Bean Blossom Township Stinesville Fire Department
7951 West Main Street, Stinesville IN 47464

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