RUMFORD — Norbert S. “Norbie” Gallant, 90, a lifelong resident of Mexico died peacefully with family by his side on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Rumford Community Home.
He was born Oct. 18, 1921, in Mexico, the son of James and Calista (Philbrick) Gallant, and had attended Mexico schools.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II and served in the South Pacific as a Seabee with the 32nd Special Battalion.
He owned and operated Norbie’s Mobil Station on Main Street, Mexico, for 25 years.
He was a past member and pilot of the Civil Air Patrol and Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association. He was a member of the Mexico Boosters for many years, and had also coached pony league baseball. He was a charter member of the Mexico Lions Club and chairman of the eye care committee.
He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and also the American Legion in Rumford. Norbie was responsible for establishing the Veterans Memorial Black Stone at the Mexico Greens. He had also been very instrumental in recently starting the individual veterans’ stones project. These stones are now being displayed at the Greens. Norbie was an avid outdoorsman. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and flying remote-controlled planes.
The town of Mexico honored Norbie by dedicating the 2004-2005 annual town report to him for his lifelong dedication to helping and serving his community.
He was a loving and caring person to his family, friends and all who knew him.
He was married in Mexico, Oct. 18, 1941, to Ellen “Sally” Hickey, who died Sept. 21, 2007. Survivors include sons, Timothy Gallant and wife, Malinda, of Weld and Gregory Gallant and wife, Cheryl, of Rumford; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a special son-in-law, Clayton Miller of Mexico.
He was predeceased by his parents; wife; daughter, Wendy Miller; sisters, Flora Landry and Ardice Babineau; and stepmother, Vera Gallant.
Friends are invited to sign the family guest book and share their thoughts, condolences and memories online at www.meaderandson.com.