Patrick Joseph Gallagher

September 29, 1955 - April 21, 2011 

Patrick Joseph Gallagher

September 29, 1955 - April 21, 2011 

Obituary for Patrick Joseph Gallagher

Patrick “Pat” Joseph Gallagher
Of Indianapolis, was born September 29, 1955 and passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2011. He was 55 years old.

Pat is survived by his wife Adrienne Gallagher, his parents Joseph and Joanne Hodges, his brothers Daniel Hodges, Stephen Hodges, and Joseph Hodges, his sisters Donna Shergy, and Jane Shivers, and by his cousin Beth Riley. He is also survived by 18 nieces and nephews, and 11 great-nieces and nephews.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Pat moved to Indiana when he was 14 years old and graduated from Shawe Memorial High School in Madison, IN, Sullivan Business College in Louisville, KY and attended Indiana University 1975 to 1978.

Pat was an avid sports fan. He was a season ticket holder for over 20 years with the Indiana University football team. During his college years he hitchhiked all over the country to attend IU games – and occasionally flew home in alumni private jets! Pat also traveled all over to see the Butler University basketball team play, holding season tickets for over 15 years. Being from Detroit, he was a lifelong fan of Detroit Tigers – sneaking into batting practice and waiting outside the locker room for players’ autographs. He also watched Detroit Lions and Red Wings play as often as he could find them on TV. Pat loved to watch his nieces and nephews compete in whatever their chosen sport – from gymnastics to Little League.

His love of sports led him to the love of his life. They met through Pat’s friend, Tim Wilbur, whose ankles Adrienne regularly taped while working as a trainer for the IU football team. Adrienne and Pat dated for 3 years before marrying on February 8, 1986. They spent their first two years of married life in Boston, but both missed the midwest. They moved back to Indianapolis in 1987 and have lived here ever since. They had just celebrated 25 happy, blessed years of marriage, full of love and laughter; they are true soulmates.

Pat made everyone laugh from priests and doctors to children – even when you didn’t really want to laugh! He loved talking with people and would strike up interesting conversations with all kinds. He had a caring heart, looking in on neighbors, doing anything he could to make life easier for someone else. Around the neighborhood, they called him “the Mayor.”

Pat loved to work with his hands, making the world a greener, more beautiful place. He liked to say that his yard was almost as good as the greens of a golf course. He loved to play basketball, golf, softball, euchre, and backgammon; trash-talk being his greatest skill in all of these! But being a natural athlete, Pat was pretty good at any sport he played – once, on the way into a bowling alley, he said, “Mm, I think I’ll bowl a 230 tonight,” and then did just that.

Being a devout Catholic, Pat attended mass every Sunday throughout his life (even during his college years) no matter where he was. God and the Church were his solace through all the ups and downs of life.

There will be visitation at Harry W Moore Funeral Home, 8151 Allisonville Road, from 5 to 9pm Monday, April 25 and from 11 to 12:30pm Tuesday, April 26. A memorial mass will be celebrated 2:00pm Tuesday, April 26 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 7200 Sarto Drive.

A scholarship fund is being set up in honor of Pat for students working in a support staff position with the IU football team. Memorial gifts to this scholarship would be welcome.

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