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IN MEMORIAM - Thomas C. Gallo, Jr.
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Thomas C. Gallo, Jr.

On July 10th, Thomas C. ("Tom") Gallo followed his wife and soulmate, Jean, into eternal life and the hands of God. After a sixty-six year marriage, they were not separated for long, Jean's funeral was July 7th , and he saw her off in style celebrating her life with friends and family. Shortly thereafter, he, too, departed this life, leaving us saddened by his departure, but happy for their reunion. He is survived by David J. Gallo, Esq, son, of LaJolla CA, Diane Gallo, daughter, and son-in-law Douglas Gana of Conroe, TX.

Tom was a kind and generous man who always lived the values he espoused -- treating people with respect and caring. He always reflected on being blessed in this life and never forgot his modest roots in downtown Philadelphia. He graduated from Villanova University in 1950 with a degree in Finance and Marketing, he and Jean married in 1951. He served in Korea and Japan from 1953-1955 as a Master Sargent in the United States Army. He spent the bulk of his professional career with DuPont as a product marketer for several different products in the Fabrics and Finishes division throughout the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. He was transferred to Houston in 1974, and remained there for the rest of his tenure with DuPont. As a young fifty-five year-old, he was offered and accepted an early retirement, and began to pursue his interest and passion in the stock market. He became a licensed broker and worked at multiple brokerage firms in the Houston area until he retired yet again, and became an independent financial consultant and occasional expert witness and arbitrator in the securities industry. Well into his 80s, he had clients who still looked to him to assist them with their financial planning.

A lifelong learner, Tom spent much of his free time reading and researching companies and investments. He enjoyed sharing tidbits about emerging companies and market trends with friends and family. Many benefited from his sound, pragmatic advice over the years; and others, especially his kids, wished they had taken more of his advice!

Those of us who had the privilege of knowing Tom were often surprised by his quiet humor which would emerge unexpectedly. He often teased Jean lovingly about running away with chorus girls or moving into a 55th floor apartment in Singapore (she was afraid of heights).

Tom was an avid poker player, and regularly joined a group of friends at Camden Royal Oaks for a friendly game. He enjoyed getting together with friends, and was part of a men's lunch group at CRO that checked out local dining establishments on a regular basis. He and Jean were regular participants in activities and events at CRO. Over their ten year residence, they made many dear friends.

Tom enjoyed thoroughbred racing, and up until the last few years travelled regularly to Del Mar, California to enjoy races and visit his children. He enjoyed the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes, and Preakness annually, and wasn't shy about placing a bet or two on the big races, often on the longshot, and sometimes with great success.

Tom and Jean were members of St. John Vianney's Catholic Church since moving to Houston. A funeral mass and celebration of life will be held there on Monday July 31st at 10:30 a.m. with a reception to follow. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Salesian Fathers ( or the Carmelite Community of the Word (, both of which Tom and Jean supported regularly.
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