Thomas Robert Gallacher

November 19, 1939 - October 25, 2023
November 3, 2023 8 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Thomas (Tom) Robert Gallacher on October 25, 2023.

Tom was pre-deceased by his wife, Doreen of 63 years and is survived by his two sons Tom (Allison) and Doug and three daughters Joanne, Dianne (Bob) and Dawne (Rick) along with his grandchildren Melanie (Barry), Tommy, Wendy (Pierce), Colby, Tori, Nicole (Cole) and Natalie (Braden) and two great grandchildren Cohen and Khloe. He is also survived by his sister Sharron (Bob) and three brothers Dennis, Ed and Bill (Sue).

The most important thing was his love for family and spending time with them. He also had a passion for vehicles (cars, RVs, motorcycles) of which he had many, and his love of hockey. Hockey was part of his life from being a rink rat to encouraging his sons when they played, playing in an old timer’s league later in life. He always said it didn’t matter who you cheered for as long as the game was good. Although deep down he was an Oilers fan through and through.

He had many careers throughout his life; he worked for the Canadian National Railways, the Edmonton Police Force (from 1960 to 1978) where he held several positions from traffic cop to a detective. After leaving the Force, he started in the oil and gas industry with Beta Well Services and branched off with other incentives after that.

At the beginning he was not a travelling man, but as life unfolded, he enjoyed travelling with his wife. He had seen much of the world, including living in Cyprus, travelling through much of Europe (England, Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal), Greece, Russia, Siberia, Kazakhstan, Jordan, Mexico and Columbia, and of course the many winters snow birding in Arizona as well as travels to many other states. They also travelled in Canada and went across country to the east coast. He also loved camping with his family around Alberta, BC and States.

Tom was a great man with a huge personality and will be missed by many. He was always ready to roll up his sleeves and provide a helping hand when asked. Whether it was helping Tom and Allison at Jackfish Lake or providing his guidance and experience all with great humour and insight.

No services will be held as he preferred to be remembered by others where they could reflect on his life and their experiences with him in private.

  1. You will be missed by so many family, friends,neighbors, co-workers and the many lives you touched over the years! Rest in peace.

  2. For many years the four of us enjoyed fun evenings sharing constant pots of coffee, card games & midnight lunches after our guys completed an afternoon shift. Usually these evenings included other family members for even more laughs – often lasting till sunrise!
    Post EPS days it was family function get-togethers…and more recently staying in touch through FB, texting and Messenger.
    Hugs for Doreen when you meet again.
    Thanks Tom for 55+ years of friendship & memories. RIP
    Condolences and many hugs to all members of Tom & Doreen’s family.
    Ruth (Mrs D)

  3. The condolences and hugs are from our family to yours…
    The Drynans

  4. My sincere condolences to the Gallacher Family on the passing of a Great Man..
    Humor, insight and Many Many stories of his life is how I remember Mr. G.
    Such a Respectful, Polite, Gentleman.. Whom made time to chat and visit.
    And… he always remembered everyone’s name.. that totally amazed me.

    RIP Mr. G.. Hugs to Mrs. G.
    Miss you Both!

    Glenn Drynan

  5. My deepest condolences to Joanne and her family. I have many fond memories of all from my youth. Sincerely Jim Mitchell

  6. Tom was the Swiss Army knife of Beta Well service went everywhere and did everything with Doreen supporting it all. A family man full of Cop stories and a forever prankster.
    My condolences to the Gallacher family and all those who will miss him as I do.

  7. Dear Gallacher Family, Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Tom & Doreen.
    They both will be greatly missed. Doreen being our cousin & Tom by marriage who fit in instantly. They both were so Loving & Caring of others. Tom was the prankster of the two and always made us laugh with his pranks & stories at our family reunions. Even sending emails to us in the states all the time, with his great jokes. We will miss them so much. Doreen always shared stories of our family in Canada and about our grandparents, the farm and about her immediate family. There will be such a void at the next reunion without them. Love, Hugs & Prayers to all of the family & friends that will miss them dearly. Linda (McDonnell) Huntley & Rodger Huntley (Oregon USA)

  8. Condolences to Family…. He was my Sergeant in West Division before he left for the Oil Patch… He was a Great Sgt and Person…..always had a great time with him as a Sgt. His passing is a shock , as we communicated this summer. He will be missed. Alex Blahun.

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