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Louis George Gallo, Jr., devoted husband, father and grandfather, known by those close to him as George, died peacefully at his home in Orleans, Mass. in the early hours of July 4, surrounded by family and devoted home health aides.
Born in Brooklyn in 1927, raised in his early years in St. Albans, Queens, George and his parents, Louis and Edith Gallo moved to Haverhill, Mass. in 1939 where he attended Haverhill public schools before transferring and graduating from Northfield Mount Hermon Preparatory School. George saw active military duty in the army where he was stationed in Salzburg, Austria during the waning days of WW II. He returned to Haverhill in 1946 with a boxer dog he named “Cary” and a dream to work in the diplomatic corps. He attended Northeastern University and later Boston University from which he graduated with a degree in economics.

Compelled to begin earning a wage, George followed in the footsteps of his father, helping run the Fifth Avenue Shoe factory in Haverhill, with subsequent jobs at Shoe Corporation of America (SCOA) and Capezio Shoe. His high school years in Haverhill proved fortuitous in many ways, foremost of which was his meeting the love of his life, Ann Miliotes. Despite formidable cultural barriers, this son of an Italian immigrant and daughter of Greek immigrants wed in 1954.

Operation Bootstrap - a government sponsored initiative to build shoe factories in Puerto Rico - took the newlyweds to Puerto Rico for the first two years of their marriage, an experience they fondly and frequently recounted during their 52 years together. In 1977, after living for 18 years in Andover, Mass. George made a bold career and life change when he and Ann opened up a delicatessen and gourmet food store in Sarasota, Fla., a family affair in which all three of their children worked at one time or another. They sold the business in 1988 and retired to Orleans, Ma in 1998, where George pursued his passion for sailing and rowing and they could both be close to the ocean they so loved.
Ann predeceased George in 2006. George is survived by his three children, Anthony, Mark, and Katina, and his four adoring grandchildren.
Donations in George’s memory may be made to Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod (Hospice and Palliative Care).
Published on  July 13, 2017
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