Obituary, Alvin Gallen

ALVIN GALLEN Passed away November 24, 2007. Al was born December 22, 1927 in New York to Henry and Ada Gallen. Al went on to a long and interesting life as a professional baseball player and civil engineer. Al joined the Navy during WWII and served in Guam as well as a gunner aboard the USS Franklin which received significant damage and loss of life during an enemy bombing. After the war he attended Syracuse University where he received his engineering degree. While there he played baseball and was a member of the ski patrol search and rescue. As a second baseman he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians and played on their farm team in Tucson. When his baseball career came to close he remained in Tucson and began his career building commercial structures. In addition to buildings in other parts of the U.S. his work included those at the University of Arizona, the VA Medical Center and Trail Dust Town, in Tucson. He relocated twenty years later to Connecticut and continued his career building condominiums. Al was an avid Red Socks fan, a licensed pilot and a two handicap golfer. He had a twinkle in his eye and a musical laugh. Al leaves his beloved wife Bernice, his children, James, Andrew, Peter and Sarah, stepchildren; Adam Postyn & Jessica (Postyn) Hachie and several grandchildren. In accordance with Al’s wishes there will be no service or Shiva. As a celebration of his life, donations in his name may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY.

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