“His untimely death was related to alcoholism. And that’s the worst thing a parent can go through with their children,” Gallagher told Buffalo magazine in 2018. “Two years later, together with the agency, we We were able to build a 16 bed facility for girls.
During his two careers, Gallagher received several awards. In 2003, he was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Section VI Hall of Fame, the Prep Talk Hall of Fame and the Lackawanna Wall of Fame.
Last summer, he was named the first recipient of the Dick Gallagher Legacy Award at the Kensington Lions’ annual All-Stars football game.
“He is clearly one of the most genuine people I have ever met in my life,” said Section VI Executive Director Timm Slade. “His love for the athleticism of hs was second to none. I have never seen or heard him treat anyone negative since I met him and the respect he has from coaches and players is astronomical. He will be greatly missed, especially in the sport of football and the game of life.
A longtime resident of Williamsville, Gallagher is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ann (McMahon), a retired Veterans Administration nurse and his sons Richard, a Clarence Spanish teacher, and Michael, Hamburg high school principal, and seven grandchildren, and his twin brother, Richard, who lives in Pittsburgh. He was predeceased by a daughter, Christina.