Plymouth – Mr. Joseph E. Gallant, Jr., of Plymouth, formerly of Framingham and Waltham, died Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth. He was 71.
Joe was born in Waltham on November 1, 1949, a son of the late Joseph E., Sr. and Irene P. (O'Brien) Gallant. He graduated from Waltham High School where he was an all-star left handed pitcher on the school's baseball team. He also played in the Connie Mack and the City League until injury ended his playing days.
Joe was a longtime Framingham resident before moving to Plymouth several years ago. Until his retirement he worked as the meat department manager for Roche Bros. and before that began his career as a meat cutter at the Waltham Supermarket on Main Street.
His love for sports and adventure continued with Joe's passion for golf and salt water fishing and in later years he began training to obtain his pilot's license.
He was the father of Michael J. Gallant (Kelly) of Rutland, Kerri A. Parmensi of Buzzards Bay, Vanessa I. Gallant of Woburn, Patrick T. Gallant of Millis and Cara V. Gallant of Hopkinton; grandfather of Erin Gallant, Kaitlyn Gallant, Tyler Parmensi and Jared Parmensi and a brother of Donald H. Gallant and the late Robert M. Gallant.
Family and friends will honor and remember Joe's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte 20), Waltham on Wednesday March 24th from 4 to 7 p.m. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday morning in Gethsemane Cemetery, 670 Baker Street, West Roxbury.
Memorial donations may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116 www.arlboston.org
A note from the funeral home pursuant to Governor Baker's recent order:
During times of uncertainty and crisis one might wonder what to do at the loss of a loved one or how to show support to a friend given the limitations that the pandemic continues to present.
Telephone your friend to offer words of love and support, give them a virtual hug, drop something delicious by the house, leave a condolence on the funeral home website, make a donation to their favored charity, send a card or flowers or have a Mass said, remain in touch, and above all else . . . say prayers for the deceased and their family and the world during this difficult and unprecedented time.
These simple gifts of sympathy and charity are more valuable than you will ever know.
When public wakes are held capacity limits mean that your visit should be brief to allow other guests time to say hello to the family. Only members of the immediate family remain present throughout.
It goes without saying that people who have lost someone are especially sensitive and understanding to the concerns that some of their own family members and friends may have about visiting any public places right now. If this does not feel like the right time for you to venture out please don't.
Space limitations also mean that funeral services inside the funeral home and in many places of worship will also be private. Most services, at the family's request, will also be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing. The link to access the channel is found at the bottom of the obituary notice online.
During any events, public or private, common sense precautions prevail. That includes masks covering your nose and mouth, staying with your household group throughout the services and keeping a sensible distance.
Thank you . . . again . . . for your patience and understanding.