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  1. RIP Chief Rich, Thank you for your Service & Dedication. Condolences to his Family, Friends, Firefighters of Hillsborough Fire Co. #2 (37). Goodbye Old Friend!

  2. Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. Rick was a kind and gentle man who loved you and the boys more than anything else in this world. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Maureen and Bob

  3. Karen, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your love, Rick. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Joanne

  4. Dear Karen,
    We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Rick. He will always be remembered with many great memories.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys.
    Love,
    Charles & Cecelia Ingraham

  5. I’m sorry to here about Rick’s passing. He was a great mentor and good friend. Rest in peace brother.

  6. Our condolences on the loss of Ski. Rick was a great man! May god continue to watch over the family during these hard times.

  7. Karen, sons and brothers Frank and Chet. We are so sorry for your loss. A life well lived. Ricky will surely be missed by all whose lives he touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Nancy, Nancy Andrea, Lorenzo, Rachel, Liam.

  8. Rick was a good man and one who always had a smile and shared good humor whenever we would interact. I certainly hope that his family’s cherished memories help sustain the loss of this good spirit and soul. May Peace reign upon their thresholds 🕊

  9. Karen, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Rich. In our prayers always, Rich Goldy Goldstein Engine Co. #1 , classmate and friend!

  10. What a wonderful man, one of gods angels that walked among us. Words can’t explain the man he was, I will carry him in my heart always. Thankful to be blessed to get the opportunity to know him. May god hold his family close during this loss 🙏🏻

  11. My sincere condolences to the entire Galganski family. I knew Rich for many years at UPS. He was one of the greatest people I ever came to know. It saddens me deeply to hear of his passing.

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Richard A. Galganski

May 19, 2022

The family of Richard Alan Galganski is deeply saddened by his unexpected passing on May 19, 2022.

Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Rick retired from UPS in 2003.  Rick’s deep and unwavering passion was being a firefighter.  Through his dedication, he joined the Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Department in 1975 and eventually served as Fire Chief before moving to the Outer Banks, NC in 2003.  There he immediately joined the Corolla Volunteer Fire Department, ultimately serving as Chief of the department.  In 2015 Rick and his wife purchased a home in Southern Shores, where he then joined the Southern Shores Fire Department.  Rick loved Nascar and being on or near the water.  He was a talented woodworker and all around maintenance man and when not at the fire department, could be found in his workshop. There were very few things that Rick couldn’t build, repair or replace when tasked to do so and always found time to help others.  He was a registered donor and as such he will continue to help people “repair and replace” to rebuild their lives.

Rick was a loving and devoted husband and father.  He is survived by his wife, Karen, of 47 years; two sons, Bryan James and Christopher Alan; daughter-in-law Kyra, two grandchildren whom he adored, Kenneth Stephen and Kylee Ann; his brothers Frank and Chester, and nieces, nephews and sister and brother-in-laws.

Anyone who was fortunate enough to meet Rick knew him to be a man of few words, but with a quick smile. He made friends easily and was a friend to all. Rick’s wish was to be cremated until he can be reunited with Karen’s ashes where ‘the otters play in the water’. Rick’s wife and family’s plans for any celebration of life memorial service are pending at this time.

In lieu of flowers, etc. it is requested that you donate to the Leary Firefighters donation at learyfirefighters.org/donate or The Learly Foundation, 14 Murray Street, Box 243, New York, NY 10007. Please visit  www.gallopfuneralservices.com to contribute and share condolences with the family. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

Condolences

George P Hnidj

RIP Chief Rich, Thank you for your Service & Dedication. Condolences to his Family, Friends, Firefighters of Hillsborough Fire Co. #2 (37). Goodbye Old Friend!

Verdadero Family

We are so sorry for your loss. You’ll be in our thoughts. Rest easy, Chief!

Maureen Uniszkiewicz

Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. Rick was a kind and gentle man who loved you and the boys more than anything else in this world. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Maureen and Bob

Joanne M Galganski

Karen, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your love, Rick. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Joanne

Charles Ingraham

Dear Karen, We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Rick. He will always be remembered with many great memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys. Love, Charles & Cecelia Ingraham

Bruce Vatter

I'm sorry to here about Rick's passing. He was a great mentor and good friend. Rest in peace brother.

Speciale Family

Our condolences on the loss of Ski. Rick was a great man! May god continue to watch over the family during these hard times.

Nancy

Karen, sons and brothers Frank and Chet. We are so sorry for your loss. A life well lived. Ricky will surely be missed by all whose lives he touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Nancy, Nancy Andrea, Lorenzo, Rachel, Liam.

Rose Grandy

I’m so sorry to see this…he was such a kind sole and a blessing to have known.❤️

Al Glatkowski

Rick was a good man and one who always had a smile and shared good humor whenever we would interact. I certainly hope that his family’s cherished memories help sustain the loss of this good spirit and soul. May Peace reign upon their thresholds 🕊

Richard Goldstein

Karen, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Rich. In our prayers always, Rich Goldy Goldstein Engine Co. #1 , classmate and friend!

Jimmie Billerman

I’m sorry for your loss

Julie Fuller

What a wonderful man, one of gods angels that walked among us. Words can’t explain the man he was, I will carry him in my heart always. Thankful to be blessed to get the opportunity to know him. May god hold his family close during this loss 🙏🏻

Gary Tucker

My sincere condolences to the entire Galganski family. I knew Rich for many years at UPS. He was one of the greatest people I ever came to know. It saddens me deeply to hear of his passing.