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John Gallagher

Posted 2023-11-27 by Pat R
Wickenburg Sun (Wickenburg, Arizona)
Wednesday, August 9, 2023, p. A-5

John Gallagher passed away Aug. 6, 2023 surrounded by his family and
fiance and life partner Lowanna Perry. He was born in Wickenburg to
parents Ralph and Mary Gallagher of Morristown on Nov. 2, 1965. They
brought him home to his three siblings, Lucy (Richard), Frank (Liz) and
Mary Ann (Mike).

From a young age, John looked at the world with a vibrant imagination
and an artistic eye. He often flexed these gifts with rich, imaginative
play with his cousin Paul, as they role-played, created costumes and
visualized scenarios where small boys could do great things. John joined
his father and brother in the family woodcarving business, R. Gallagher
and Sons, at the tender age of 6. He attended Morristown Elementary
School and was a Wickenburg High School graduate.

John was an accomplished woodcarver and perfected the family's
traditional Cigar Store Indian figure that is so widely found across the
country and in other parts of the world. He specialized in unique
carvings that included animals (real and mythical), cowboys and special
carvings people had requested. The wooden soldier on display at the
American Legion in Wickenburg is one example of John's carving work.

John loved his family beyond measure. He is survived by sons Andrew and
Jayden (Alyda); and stepdaughters, Nicole Hughson (Josh), Melissa Fay
(Nick) and Cindy Esquerra. He had nine grandchildren, and his innate
friendliness and kindness made him a favorite uncle to his nieces and

Beyond his artistic work as a woodcarver, John enjoyed Warhammer 40K
gaming and invested much time in the painting of miniatures and game
accessories. He also enjoyed interacting with nature in the forests of
Arizona and Colorado. He spent time beach combing, body surfing, scuba
diving, riding dirt bikes in the desert and learning about history. He
had a deep appreciation for nature and animals. He loved his several
cats and dogs like family members.

A Celebration of Life for John will be held on Friday, Aug. 11 at 4 p.m.
at the Wickenburg Funeral Home (187 N. Adams St.). "Death leaves a
heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal..."
-Irish Headstone

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