Gallant Sr., Thomas J., Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away Sunday, March 28, 2010 at Covenant HealthCare Cooper Campus. Age 77 years. Son of the late Jerome and Genevieve (Soltysiak) Gallant, Thomas was born February 8, 1933 in Saginaw, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and was a member of American Legion Post #22. He married Betty J. Diment, his loving wife of 54 years on April 30, 1955. She survives him. Tom had been employed at Grey Iron for 35 ½ years retiring in 1987 as general supervisor in the pattern shop. He was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church, chairman of Bingo, past basketball coach and assistant football coach at St. Helen’s, Athletic Hall of Fame at St. Helen’s, former business agent and financial secretary of the Pattern Makers Union, life member of Field and Stream and member of Knights of Columbus Council #4232. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Surviving besides his wife Betty are four sons and their spouses, Thomas and Elizabeth Gallant Jr., Grand Rapids; Michael and Irene Gallant, Saginaw; Jeffrey and Angie Gallant, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; William and Sarah Gallant, Windsor, Canada; 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two sisters and two brothers, Elaine and James Robertson, Lady of the Lakes, Florida; John and Kay Gallant, Freeland; Suzanne Cramer, AuGres; David and Jeri Gallant, Sanford; a brother-in-law, James and Dawn Diment, Bay City; sisters-in-law, Barbara Gallant, Grand Rapids; Lorraine Diment, Bay City; a special friend, Tricia Mejia, Carrollton; several nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his daughter, Lynette Gallant and a brother, Wallace Gallant. The Gallant family wishes to thank Covenant Cooper CCU staff for the love and support they had given. Funeral Liturgy will take place at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at St. Helen Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Emmett Marceau will officiate with burial in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road (between Shattuck and McCarty) where the family will be present on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday at St. Helen Catholic Church from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. The Knights of Columbus Council # 4232 will pray the Rosary at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday and a Vigil Service will take place 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Helen Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #4232 or Saginaw Field and Stream.