89, Whitney Pier

Mr. William Leo Gallivan formerly of 160 Shore Rd., Sydney passed away Feb.14, 2011. Bill was a resident of Taigh Na Mara where he received excellent care for the past two years.

Mr. Gallivan is survived by his four sons, Gregory (Mary-Lou), Strathmore, Alta., Brian (Marilyn), Sydney, Lorne, Edmonton, Alta. and Leo (Cheryl), Calgary, Alta.; sister, Eileen MacNeil, Glace Bay; daughter-in-law, Marlene, Sydney; grandchildren, Chris, Dallas, Kyle, Erin, Lindsey, Janine and Courtney, great-grandchildren, Dylan, Cameron, Caiden, Brianne and Liam.

Mr. Gallivan was predeceased by his loving wife and best friend Mary Genevieve ‘Jennie’ in 1990 along with sisters, Ann-Pauline, Colette and Cecilia.

Bill was a lifelong resident of Whitney Pier.

He served during the Second World War on the corvette HMCS Bittersweet and worked at the International Coal Piers for most of his life and was very active in the labour movement having served as president of UMWA local 7749 International Coal Piers for 21 years, been vice-president for three terms and served on various union committees as well. Bill believed very strongly in honest representation of fellow union members.

In his earlier days, Bill was one of the founding members of the Broadway Ramblers soccer club which won fame in the local ship to shore league and provincial playdowns.

Bill was an active bowler, skater and with Jennie and the boys, spent many happy days at the bungalow in Boisdale.

Bill will be sadly missed by his many union, legion, and local friends.

Bill was a faithful member of Holy Redeemer parish in his beloved Whitney Pier.

The family wish to thank the staff at Taigh Na Mara for incredible kindness and love and also to Dr. Mark Sampson who for many years gave dad excellent care.

Dad and mom are now truly one forever.

Visitation for the late William L. ‘Bill’ Gallivan will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass to celebrate Bill’s life will be held on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church, concelebrated by Fr. Paul McGillvray and Fr. Errol MacDonald.

Reception will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home. Interment will take place in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Redeemer Building Fund.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

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