Walter S. Gallant of Oak Bluffs, formerly of Barrington, R.I., died on March 4.
Born November 12, 1931, in Cranston, R.I., he graduated high school from LaSalle Academy in Providence in 1950. Walter was a combat veteran of the Korean War, fighting with the 45th Infantry Division, 179th Infantry, Company C.
After returning from Korea, Walter met and married the late Ann Marie (St. John) Gallant in 1955. Walter and Ann Marie were married for 48 years. Ann Marie was the love of his life.
Walter worked for the Narragansett Electric Company in Providence for over 40 years. Walter and Ann Marie had three children: Kathleen Jaron, Linda McCormick, and Walter J. Gallant.
Walter was a devoted husband and loving father. “Papa” cherished his seven grandchildren — Noelle Carrington-Yuppa, Jonathan Jaron, Matthew, Andrew and Caitlin Wolstencroft, Joey and Elizabeth Gallant. Walter was also blessed with three great-grandchildren that he loved deeply: Tommy and Jake Yuppa and Ella Wolstencroft.
Walter’s pride and joy were his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; he devoted his life to their care, happiness, and well being.
He is also survived by his sister, Connie Fahey of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and brother, Paul Gallant of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Walter spent summers on the Vineyard as a child and teenager. Except for summers lost to the war, Walter spent time on the Vineyard every year of his life. He retired to the Vineyard to live year-round in 1994. Walter and Ann Marie spent nine wonderful years in retirement together on the Vineyard; they loved summer days on the beach, picnics, quahogging, and sharing their beautiful Island and Campground cottage with family and friends. All of Walter’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren vacation on the Island; six generations of his family have loved and enjoyed Martha’s Vineyard.
Walter was a true gentleman. He was a wonderful and loving brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He touched and enriched so many lives, the world is diminished with his passing. To love him and be loved by him was a special gift.