Grateful for the life he shared, we announce the death of Gerald F. Gallant ‘Bucky’ on April 27, 2024, at Hospice Cape Breton, weeks prior to his 90th birthday.
Bucky was the son of the late Joseph Gallant and Ellen (Minnie) Gallant. Raised in the North End of Sydney, one of 11 children, he was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Survived and dearly loved by his wife and partner of nearly 65 years, Helen (MacDonald), along with his three children and their spouses: Michelle Lane (Halifax) (recently lost her husband, David Lane), Denise Gallant (North Sydney) and her husband, John Anderson, and Bradley Gallant (Cocoa Beach) and his wife, Faye Gallant. Also survived and remembered fondly by his grandchildren: Kyle Neville (Sydney), Brennan Neville (Edmonton) and his wife, Landice Neville, Rhys Gallant and Eva Gallant (Cocoa Beach), as well as his grandchildren by marriage: Johnna Johnston (Matthew) (Sydney) and Jennifer Anderson (Halifax); and by his great-granddaughters: Maggie Neville (Sydney) and Quinn Neville (Edmonton). Bucky is also survived by his brothers-in-law, John ‘Dicker’ MacDonald (Englishtown) and his wife, Joanne Mac Donald, and Graham MacLeod (Sydney) and sister-in-law, Eileen MacDonald (Toronto).

Predeceased by his siblings: Donald, James ‘Doc’, Russell B ‘Duke’, Alice Hoch, Jessie Kubiseski, Isabelle Hofheinz, Gertrude Skinner, Helen MacEachern, Joan Leahy and Dorothy Gallant, and all of their spouses.

His career began with a brief stint as a meteorologist in the Air Force, but through and through he was a dedicated telephone man retiring from MT&T after 39 years. Beyond his work he was a proud telephone pioneer and treasured lifelong friendships with his co-workers. Then he combined work and travel contracting out his telephone skills in the US. When he finally “officially” retired there were always things to build or renovate and he loved that work.

Bucky was a quiet thoughtful man, an ideal match for his more gregarious brother and best friend, Duke. He was also a man of his word.

Bucky believed in serving his communities, and every task he stepped up for involved friendship and commitment to doing a respectable job. When travel was involved, so much the better. Of note he served on the Sydney School Board, the Conservative Party of Canada, the Board and Credit Committee of Sydney Credit Union, and the Board of Lingan Golf and Country Club. He was committed to his Catholic Faith, he prayed daily, and he served his parish in many roles. Bucky could always be counted on.

A fierce competitor all his life, he loved sports especially hockey, baseball, and golf both as a participant and a spectator. Along with Helen, he maintained an active lifestyle and travel was a constant thread throughout their married life.

He was curious by nature, needed to have things organized and working, but that never stopped him from tearing something apart to fix it. His family was blessed with his talent for carpentry. His children were first enlisted as helpers but were ultimately the beneficiaries of multiple house construction projects. If his family could dream it and afford it, Bucky would build it.

As his children’s lives expanded to include their own partners, so too did Bucky and Helen’s. They embarked on cruises to see the world while spending time with Brad and Faye; embraced a love of sailing when John entered Denise’s life; and shared a keen interest in energy conservation with Michelle’s husband, Dave and a fascination with his pursuit of astronomy.

In the past four years Bucky and Helen joined the community of Parkland Cape Breton and happily embraced new friends and all the activities they found there.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Marquerite Bourgeoys Parish, Cabot St., Sydney on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church foyer.

Bucky was grateful to spend his final weeks in the care of Hospice Cape Breton. If you wish to make a donation in his memory, please direct it to this wonderful organization.

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


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