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Gallant, Alyre Joseph
December 1922 - May 2020
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Alyre Joseph Gallant of Scarborough, Ontario, passed away peacefully on May 12th at the magnificent age of 97 1/2. He was blessed to start his heavenly journey surrounded by his family; wife Margaret of 73 years, his four children and five grandchildren. He will be remembered as a loving father, proud grandfather and decorated war veteran. Alyre was born on December 23, 1922 in Piusville, Prince Edward Island, to parents Mosey and Lauretta (nee Martin) Gallant. He grew up in a loving family and was the third eldest of 10 children. In 1941, Alyre enlisted in the army and fought throughout Europe. He landed on Juno Beach in 1944 for the June 6th D-Day invasion. On May 4th 1945, he was one of the Canadian soldiers who liberated Holland. His brothers, Edgar and Tilman also answered the call to serve their country and all three boys returned safely. Alyre was very proud of his service during World War II as a Sherbrooke Fusilier and made many trips back to England, Holland and France to celebrate the accomplishments of the Canadian soldiers. In 2015 he returned to Holland to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Liberation with his son Brian, daughters Shirley and Christine and granddaughter Elizabeth. It was a magical and memorable experience. He had a special place in his heart for the Dutch people and the gratitude and kindness they demonstrated. In June of 2019 he returned to France with Brian and the Canadian contingency to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Alyre was awarded the rank of Knight with the French Legion of Honour. It was a medal that was cherished. While stationed in England during WW II, Alyre met his bride to be, Margaret Whelan. They married in 1947 in Prince Edward Island and welcomed five children into the world, Allan, Barbara, Shirley, Brian and the youngest, Christine. Sadly, their first son Allan passed away at the tender age of 9 but always remained close in his heart and thoughts. Alyre was the proud grandfather of Danielle, Nicole, Michael, Katie and Elizabeth and father in-law to Richard (Christine) and Debbie (Brian). Al lived a life of hard work and service not only to his country, but also to his community and Precious Blood Church. In his early years, he spent many hours coaching little league baseball, building skating rinks, organizing summer picnics, planning dances and parties for American Standard, playing Santa, just to mention a few. In his golden years, he was a very active member of the Knights of Columbus, St Vincent de Paul Society and volunteered in numerous other church ventures. Alyre was a devout Catholic and attended daily mass until his body would no longer allow it. He was proud of his faith and treasured his many friends in the Precious Blood family, especially the many priests he met in his 65 years as a parishioner. Alyre had a special place in his heart for Prince Edward Island. He loved spending summers with his mother, brothers and sisters playing scat, digging clams, eating lobster, fishing eels and breathing in the salt water air. Alyre is preceded in death by his son Allan Francis, his parents, Mosey and Lauretta Gallant, his brothers Leo (Theresa), Edgar (Lois), Tilman (Irma), Elmer (Marie), Martin and step- sister Marion(Marcel). He is survived by his wife Margaret, children Barbara, Shirley, Brian(Debbie), Christine (Richard), grandchildren, Danielle, Nicole, Michael, Katie and Elizabeth, his siblings Mildred(Clarence), Edna(Bill), Beatrice(Tony), Marie(Joe), step-brother Clifford(Rita), countless nieces, nephews and friends. He will be remembered fondly for his devotion to his family, his winning smile, his volunteer work, his pride of being a veteran, his love of cards, his friendly demeanour, his life long love affair with whiskey, his brown sugar fudge and his rendition of Alouette! UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN DAD... A Celebration of Alyre's life will be held at a later date.

Messages of Condolence

Our condolences, Barb and family on the death of your father. It was very moving to attend the ceremony held on his street today, in his h... Read more Anita & Mary O'Connell
Thornhill May 19, 2020
What a wonderful tribute today! I remember, way back in the ‘70’s, my Dad coming home from a house call to a patient and telling me “Mr. ... Read more Susan Brisby
Toronto May 19, 2020
Al will be missed. He was dedicated to St . Vincent de Paul and he was a tremendous worker at.every organization in the church A living ... Read more Barry and Marie Duke
Scarborough May 19, 2020
Shirley, My sincere condolences to you and your family. I know how close you all are and how this difficult this loss must be. Your Dad w... Read more JAYSON HORNER
Toronto May 18, 2020
We were truly sadden when we received the news . Many a time when I visited Alyre and Margaret's home in Scarborough 60 years ago I could... Read more Michael and Gaylene Gallant
PEI May 18, 2020
Dear Margaret and family. Sad news to hear of Allyre's passing, but leaves Bob especially with many fond memories. Here are some, He reme... Read more Bob and Dorothy MacGregor
Oshawa May 18, 2020
To Barb, your mother and the Gallant Family, condolences from the Ellis Family. Many fond memories of Al at Precious Blood Church in vario... Read more Tony Ellis
Scarborough May 18, 2020
Margaret and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. We shall miss our visits with both of you, la... Read more Cliff and Rita
Aurora May 18, 2020
Dear Christine, so sorry to hear the news of your father's passing. A long life lived well. Our condolences to you and all the family. M... Read more The Kelly Family
Toronto May 18, 2020
Our thoughts and condolences on the loss of your father- Alyre. Our love and prayers are with you Brian, your mom and family.
Chris and Cyndy Fontana
Whitby,Ontario May 18, 2020
My condolences to the Gallant and Arsenault families on their loss. Al was truly one of the Greatest Generation and will be remembered for... Read more Kathleen O'Keefe
Toronto May 18, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. I know my parents (Cliff and Rita) spoke often of Uncle Alyre and truly enjoyed their visits with him remi... Read more Karen and George
Niagara Falls May 18, 2020
We are very sorry for your loss. Besides being a good uncle, he was one of the most giving people we know. May he Rest in Peace.
Paul & Morena Doiron
Guelph May 17, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. Alyre was on of the nicest people we have ever met. May he rest in peace.
Michael and Helen Rogan
Cleveland, Ohio May 17, 2020
Shirley, Our sympathies to the entire Gallant family for the loss of such a wonderful father and a great man. I know he will be deeply m... Read more Sandra Bennett and Mark Feekery
Toronto May 17, 2020
Sincere condolences from us all in the Joyce family. Our thoughts are with you all at the sad time.
John Joyce
London and Birmingham May 17, 2020
So sad for the passing of such a great man. I have fond memories of a wonderful neighbor who's smile could light up a room.So glad to have... Read more JoAnn Marsolais
Whitby,ON May 17, 2020
On behalf of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 344 we extend our most sincere condolences on the Loss of a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Vetera... Read more Mary Keates, President RCL Branch 344
Toronto May 17, 2020
With our deepest sympathies on the passing of such a wonderful man. Our fondest memory is Christmas Eve 1889 when he came dressed as San... Read more The Eaton Family
Niagara on the Lake May 17, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss but so happy you were able to have him for so long. He was such a blessing to all of his family, siblings a... Read more Marie, Patti and family
Ohio May 17, 2020
Dear Chris and Rick and all the Gallant family, it is with great sadness to hear the passing of your dad. I always remember Al as being ki... Read more Tom, Wendy, Heather and Thomas O'Keefe
Acton,Ontario May 17, 2020
Dear Chris, Rick Michael ,Katie Elizabeth and The Gallant Family, On behalf of my Mother (Mrs. Ciccarelli ) and the Spada family we sen... Read more Maryanne Spada
Toronto, Ontario May 17, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the entire Gallant family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We hope the good memories you have will com... Read more The Ellul Family
Ajax Ontario May 16, 2020
Know that our prayers are with Alyre and his family for it was a pleasure knowing him through the Knights. He was always cordial, had grea... Read more Franklin & Elnora Romeo
Toronto May 16, 2020
Deepest sympathies from all the Emmett family
Nigel Emmett
New York and Birmingham May 16, 2020
Our deepest condolence to Margaret and family. Al had been a big help to me when I was the GK at our Precious Blood Council (Rev. Fr. Wm B... Read more SK Jose Reyes Past Grand Knight Rev. Fr. William Breen Council #9143 and wife Materand wife Mater
NORTH YORK May 16, 2020
Sending sympathy and love to Margaret and family. Al was a great guy and will be missed. Enjoyed reading your fond memories of him. That’s... Read more Terry & Anne McGarry
Toronto May 16, 2020
I would like to extend my condolences to the Gallant Family . Being a long time member of Precious Blood Church I remember Al always havin... Read more Catherine Deans
Scarborough May 16, 2020
We will miss you UncleAl !!!!!Sympathy to All The Family We love ❤️ you All
Martin and Sue Gallant
Milton Ontario May 16, 2020
So sad for all of you, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Take comfort in what a remarkable man he was
Maurice, Denise and Sean O’Keefe
Pickering, Ontario May 16, 2020
On behalf of the Lovrics Family and my mother, Mercedes, we send our heartfelt condolences to the Gallant Family most especially to Alyre’... Read more Joe Lovrics
Madrid Spain May 16, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Alyre was very thoughtful and considerate man who will be missed dearly. I’m fortunate to have so m... Read more Cheryl and Peter
Brampton May 16, 2020
Dear Christine and family, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Our most sincere condolences, love and prayers to you all.
Jane Madigan
Toronto May 16, 2020
Our hearts and prayers are with you all... Hugs to everyone xoxo
Brad n Claudette Bomans
Milton Ontario May 16, 2020
I'm sorry to hear of your loss Christine and family. I was very proud of your Dad for his accomplishments, especially during the war.
Jim Arsenault
Surrey, BC May 16, 2020
Our deepest condolances to you all.. my Dad loved you both very much. Big Huggs.
Kim Haringa
Guelph,ontario May 16, 2020
Brian we are sorry for you loss especially at this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you, your mom and sisters.
Michael and Debbie McGarry
Stouffville May 15, 2020

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