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Matthew Galligan

Matthew G. Galligan

Saturday, September 1st, 1923 - Tuesday, July 21st, 2020
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Matthew G. Galligan of Wallingford died Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Masonicare Healthcare Center. He was 96 years old. He was the husband of the late Anne E. (Reynolds) Galligan who died October 23, 2014.

Born in New Haven on September 1, 1923, the son of Matthew and Mary (Gordon) Galligan, he was a graduate of Hamden High School, Class of 1941. Mr. Galligan began his college career at Fordham University in 1941 and was called into Army service in May of 1943. He completed basic training at Ft. Eustis, Virginia and served his country as a member of the Civic Affairs Division in France and Germany until his discharge at the end of World War II. Mr. Galligan returned to Fordham University, graduating in
June 1947. While he was a student at Fordham, he met his wife, who was the sister of his college roommate.

Mr. Galligan graduated from Georgetown Law School in January of 1950, began working for the Edward L. Reynolds law firm and was again called to military service in the Korean War from March 1951 to July 1952. Upon discharge, he started his own law firm and practiced law in Wallingford for over 40 years, serving as Town Attorney for twelve years and as Sewer Authority Attorney for three years.

A longtime resident of Long Hill Road, Mr. Galligan, a devout Catholic and his wife were founding members of the Church of the Resurrection. He was also a long time and active member of the Rotary Club and the Farms Country Club and a member of the Wallingford Elks Lodge #1365.

Mr. Galligan is survived by his six children, Kathleen A. Ofstie and her husband Richard B. Ofstie of Bridgeport, Matthew E. Galligan and his wife Susan S. Galligan of Manhattan, N.Y. and Scituate, MA, Mary Ellen Galligan of Wallingford, David M. Galligan of Branford, Elizabeth G. Curtis and her husband, Jude A. Curtis of Swampscott, MA and Patricia G. Duffy and her husband, John R. Duffy of Bronxville, N.Y. He is the grandfather of ten including Anne E. Ofstie, Matthew W. Ofstie, Matthew
E. (Teddy) Galligan, Jr., Philip E. Galligan, Catherine A. Curtis, Mary Elizabeth Curtis, Margaret G. Curtis, John P. Duffy, Brendan R. Duffy and Patrick J. Duffy.

Donations in Mr. Galligan’s memory may be made to The Church of the Resurrection, 115 Pond Hill Road, Wallingford, CT 06492 or to Ashlar Village, where Matthew was so well cared for in his final days; The Masonicare Annual Appeal, ℅ The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492.

At his request, there will be no calling hours. Funeral services and burial will be private. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden, CT 06450. For online condolences please visit
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Liz Natale

Posted at 09:50am
Kate, Matt, Ellen, David, Lisa, and Tricia--I was saddened to hear the news about your dear father. The Galligans and Natales lived next door to one another for forty years, and we couldn't have asked for better neighbors than you and your parents. While I admit that your father scared the pants off me when he would chastise us for the racket we made in your front yard, I knew deep down he was a teddy bear. He took us kite-flying, paddle-boating on Powers Pond, and ice skating at Doolittle Park. One of my favorite memories is of a wild drive--more than once--over a thank-you-ma'am on North Farms Road with several of us in the back seat of the car. He was town attorney then, and he was trying to prove that the town was not liable for an accident that occurred there. In later years, I would stop to chat with him when I visited my mom. He often would be sitting in your driveway in a lawn chair, reading the paper, and he always seemed interested in what I was up to.

Your dad is the last of that Long Hill generation, and I like to imagine he is having a great reunion with your mom, my parents, the Brosnans, the Gannons, the Bonnellys, and the Bernards. Bob and Fray join me in sending deepest condolences, love, and prayers to you and your families.

Terry Shortelle

Posted at 10:34am
My condolences to the entire Galligan extended family..I knew Matt personally, through business and politics. He was conversant in many aspects of law and current events...and (not surprising for a lawyer!) he was more than willing to share his views! I always enjoyed talking to Matt. My thoughts are with you. Terry Shortelle

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