Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Albert Gallego, family man, friend and leader, RIP

Santa Cruz Church in our neighborhood

TUCSON -- Albert M. Gallego, age 77, died on July 24, 2008 at University Medical Center.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Bertha "Bodie", his daughters, Norma Jean Gallego of Phoenix and Patty Durazo of Trabuco Canyon, California, his grandchildren, Armando Jr. and Monica Marie, and great-grandchild, Alyssa Nicole.

Albert was born in Tucson to Guadalupe and Jose Gallego on January 4, 1931. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and three sisters. He attended Tucson High School and served in the US Navy.

Albert went to work for Magma Copper Mine and later started his own business, Al's Electric. He then worked for the Federal Government as an electrician and retired in 1992. Albert was president of The Santa Rita Park Neighborhood Association for several years and was involved in various city projects at the time of his death. He was a member of "Los Viejos Amigos", a social club started 15 years ago.

Some of his interests included coaching Little League, girls softball and dancing the jitterbug. Albert was also a big fan of the U of A Wildcats! He was happiest when spending time with his family and friends. His wonderful sense of humor will be missed and he will be remembered for his ability to make friends wherever he went. Albert will be forever in our hearts.

Mass will be offered at Santa Cruz Church on Wednesday, July 30 at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow immediately at Holy Hope Cemetery.

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