Niles council mourns GallagherPublished 8:23pm Monday, October 22, 2012
Niles City Council Monday night mourned colleague Patricia Gallagher, who served a record 24 years representing first ward.
Mrs. Gallagher died Monday at Brentwood Assisted Living with her family by her side. Arrangements are pending with Brown Funeral Home and Mission Hills Memorial Chapel.
At its previous meeting Oct. 8, the council paid tribute to her husband, Bill, for his long service on the utility board.
A black-ribboned rose occupied her place.
“She was a very gracious, wonderful lady,” said Mayor Michael McCauslin, who observed a moment of silence.
Mrs. Gallagher had been active in the Support the Fort St. Joseph Society and belonged to Niles Garden Club, Ladies’ Reading Club, Landscape Critics and First Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed gardening, reading and travel.
She firmly believed citizen involvement is necessary for a progressive, prosperous community.
“We’re going to miss Pat because she brought a smile to your face frequently,” Councilman William Weimer said.
“I want to express my condolences to her family,” said Councilwoman Georgia Boggs.
“She and Bill both had a long dedication to the city,” said Councilman Dan Vanden Heede. “I know if she was here tonight, she would say the same thing Councilman (David) Mann said — make sure you go out and vote,” since the Nov. 6 election occurs before the next council meeting.
Councilman Scott Clark said, “Pat and Bill pretty much donated their extra time to Niles for as long as I can remember — and I’ve known them since high school. My condolences to the girls (daughters, Deborah and Tara).”
Council met in closed session for about an hour before authorizing City Administrator Ric Huff to negotiate with unions a health insurance addendum to their contracts.
Also, the city temporarily restricted parking on the west side of Market Street from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Lakeland’s construction is complete.
Leaf pickup began Monday in first ward.
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