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Kelly C. Gallagher, 27

April 22, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Kelly Carney Gallagher, 27, of Williamstown passed away on April 22, 2018, at Berkshire Medical Center surrounded by his family, close friends and beloved stuffed animal, P-head.

Kelly is survived by his mother, Deborah Carney Gallagher of Williamstown; father, Ronald “Roddie” Gallagher of North Adams; sister Casey Carney Gallagher, brother-in-law Seth Hudson Hamblin; nephew Theodore Rian Hamblin of Providence, R.I.; brother Devin Carney Gallagher of Los Angeles, Calif.; dedicated caregivers, Steve “Hat Head” Travis and Sally “Ess Girl” Chin of Williamstown and Kaitlyn “Kate” Wheeler of North Adams; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members and friends. 

We would also like to recognize the amazing nurses and doctors and staff at Berkshire Medical Center who gave incredible care, laughter and dignity to Kelly over the past four weeks.

Kelly attended Williamstown Elementary School and graduated from Mt. Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown. He most recently attended the day programs at United Cerebral Palsy and BFAIR. He was a talented artist and showed his work in regional art galleries and New York City with the help of CATA, Community Access to the Arts and his best agent, his father “Toastah.”  

Carly Simon was the greatest love of Kelly’s life outside of his family. Kelly once awoke from a five-hour surgery singing, “I know nothing stays the same,” from her hit song “Coming Around Again.”  Kelly could spend hours on the weekend listening to NPR. His favorite programs were Car Talk and Prairie Home Companion. He loved watching Barney and QVC. Kelly loved going for rides in the car; he loved going to the “stores” for “shoes and coats” with his mother, “bestest,” as well as going to tag sales with his father. Kelly also loved family vacations at the “beach.”

Kelly touched every person that he met and gave each of them a special nickname or had a personal catchphrase that he would use to engage them in conversation and laughter.  His smile always lit up the room and he had a sparkle in his eye that melted your heart and drew you in to his world. 

Funeral notice: Kelly’s memorial service will be held at The First Congregational Church at 906 Main Street in Williamstown on May 19, 2018 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made through the Flynn & Dagnoli-Mntagna Home for Funerals, 74 Marshall St., North Adams, MA 01247 to United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County at 208 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 or Berkshire Family & Individual Resources at 771 South Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247.

Recollections & Sympathy For the Family
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Our hearts go out to you Debbie, Ron, Casey, and Devin. We are so sorry for your loss of Kelly.
from: Marianne and Steve Nelsonon: 05-02-2018

Kelly brought out the love in everyone. May that love continue to shine showing how important and meaningful his life was. My sympathies to Ron, Debbie, Casey, Devin,and his huge extended family and friends. Love, Kate
from: Kate Fassellon: 05-02-2018

So sorry for your loss.
from: Flavia Mastelloneon: 05-01-2018

Debbie, Ron, Casey, and Devin, My heart is with you and your family at this time of sorrow. Today and always may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength. Kelly had such a wonderful and gentle soul he'll forever remain in our hearts. I have so many wonderful memories, with Kelly at MG.His smile and laugh were contagious. He would always say school is cool. His favorite class was Chorus. Mrs. Walt would always sing his favorite songs. Rest in peace sweet Kelly. Love always, A & 2 N's
from: A & 2 Non: 05-01-2018

I was so sad to hear that Kelly passed away. I have fond memories of Kelly from our time together at Mt. Greylock High School...he was one of a kind. Rest in peace Kelly. To all the Gallagher family, deepest condolences.
from: P.J. Pannescoon: 04-30-2018

Fly with the angels for now you are free my sweet little friend.
from: Nancy Montgomeryon: 04-29-2018

ron- such a beautiful story and tribute to you and your son. my sincere condolences, carl
from: carl villanuevaon: 04-28-2018

Rest In Peace dear angel. I will never forget you.
from: J girlon: 04-28-2018

Prayers to the whole Gallagher family. I always remember what Carly Simon said about Kelly after a show where the two first met at Harlem's Apollo Theatre. Following the excitement of the first songs, Kelly missed much of the show needing care. Later, in a post show reception that his father arranged, Carly knelt next to Kelly, held his hand and sang an a Capella medley of her hits to him along with his family. After Kelly and his family departed and I finished questions for my article on the show and event, I asked Carly about her feelings about meeting Kelly and she emotiinally said "He has such a pure soul." I never forgot that moment. Sail on, Kelly.
from: Bruce Whitneyon: 04-28-2018

Iím a ship without an anchor G. You were my world but I know you are at peace. I love you man. Tubby Toast
from: Dadon: 04-27-2018

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