We are sad to let you know of the passing of long-time PABI treasurer and advisor Jack Gallagher. Our Community Center would not be here without his hard work and dedication. John “Jack” Gallagher, 84, died peacefully at his Beaver Island home on January 19, 2020. The eldest of eight children, Jack grew up in Dearborn, Michigan with his parents, Austin Gallagher and Winnie Carney Gallagher. After graduating from Fordson High School he attended the University of Detroit, earning his baccalaureate degree in accounting. After two-years of service in the U.S. Army, he returned to work, began raising a family, and continued his studies at the U-of-D where he also obtained his law degree.
Jack worked as a Certified Public Accountant for Arthur Anderson, but spent most of his career as vice-president of legal and financial affairs for a cutting-tool company in Troy, Michigan. He co-owned a small manufacturing company before retiring and moving to Beaver Island in 2000, where he helped run a local Island business. He served four years as Township Supervisor on the Island, while also donating much of his time and talent to the development and operation of the Beaver Island Community Center. Jack remained a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan for 50 years, sharing his good humor and pro bono expertise with Island residents.
Jack married Judy Taack-Lanier in 2000, after his first wife of 40 years (Dorothy Herzog Gallagher) preceded him in death in 1995. He remains the beloved and memorable father of 7 children, 4 stepchildren, 22 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was known for his wry sense of humor, good heart and generous spirit—even though he was an Irishman that never drank alcohol.
The children and stepchildren Jack so loved and now leaves behind include: Dorothy Prawat, Diane Brawn, Sherman Gallagher, Tom Gallagher, Bill Gallagher, John Gallagher, Jean Heinemann, Cindy Nielsen, Mark Lanier, Liz Lanier, and Melanie Lanier. His surviving siblings include: Michael Gallagher (from Wisconsin) and Winifred Gallagher, Gerald Gallagher, and Tom Gallagher (of Michigan).
A brief “remembrance/celebration of Jack’s life” and “story-telling session” will be held at the Beaver Island Community Center on Friday, January 24th for family and friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Light drinks and snacks will be shared.
A Funeral mass for Jack will take place the following morning on Saturday, January 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Church. Co-Celebrants will be Father Jim Siler and Father Pat Cawley (who married Jack and Judy in 2002). For those who cannot attend in person, the mass will be simulcast live and made available at the following link: beaverisland.tv Following mass, there will be a luncheon for family and friends at the Community Center—with the family’s special thanks to Jack’s beloved Beaver Island residents who make this deliciously-warming and caring event possible.
In recognition of the many years Jack voluntarily handled the financial and legal affairs of the valued non-profit that now sits At the Heart of a Good Community—the family requests that donations in his memory be given to support the Beaver Island Community Center (PABI).
Jack’s family asks that you please ignore the request for flowers that appears below Jack’s photo and at the bottom of the obituary.
Arrangements are in the care of the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Sign his online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com
What’s at the BIC Center?
Ray & Ann Stanhope Visitor Center
The Ray & Ann Stanhope Visitor Center is a great place to get information, grab a snack, connect to Wi-Fi and kick off your island adventure. It’s also home to the island’s community radio station…our very own WVBI-The Voice of Beaver Island.
McDonough's Market Theater
The McDonough’s Market Theater is the premier performance space on the island hosting music of all genres, dance, theater productions, movies, seminars and community meetings.
Carol’s Hang Out upstairs offers an informal gathering place for meetings, reading, pool, foosball, board games, video games, TV, using our community PCs and printer, and … just hanging out.
Coming to the McDonough’s Market Theater
Music, Plays, Graduation & a Birthday
The summer of 2018 kicked off with a road rally, student theater and BICS graduation and continued with music, plays, special community events, yoga and more. Our scrapbook from May to September is here for you to enjoy while we plan another summer to celebrate in 2019.
BIC Center Big Screen
The winter of 2017-18 was packed full of great movies at the BIC Center. Watch them sparkle by to the right. Anything you'd like to see again? Let us know. And let us know what you'd like to see this summer. We'll have movies at 3 and 7 Saturdays, at 7 on Tuesdays and at 3 and 7 on rainy days. Watch biccenter.org for the latest.
Music, Plays & More
The summer of 2017 was truly one to celebrate at the BIC Center--with plays, music from many genres (Classical, Jazz, Celtic, Folk and Country) informative presentations, the Summer Solstice Party, the 2017 Gala, Yoga, tech presentations, rainy day games, trail head information and more. We're planning a similar flurry of events for the summer of 2018.
BIC Center Big Screen
Summer 2017 was big for movies on the big screen at the BIC Center. We presented two movies every Saturday all year and started movie Tuesdays during the summer. Watch them sparkle by to the right. 2018 will be another great year for movies in the Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater.
Plays, Robots & Ice
PABI's spring events included two productions in the Ray & Ann Stanhope Theater, a robot film festival and the classic Ice Classic.
Car #1 Was #1 Again!
The winning team of Diane McDonough, Andy Kohls, Eric Hodgson, Jeanne Gillespie and Kathy Speck has not only Rallied for over a decade, but in past years has organized this PABI annual rite-of-spring. Congratulations for winning the coveted trophy--and continuing a Beaver Island tradition!
You can help us deliver quality community events and entertainment at the BIC Center and on WVBI by making a contribution.