Byron Douglas Gallup, 82, of Southbury passed from this life on July 26th at Governors House Care and Rehab Facility in Simsbury after a long illness. His beloved wife Beatriz was by his side.
Prior to his illness, he lived in Southbury and Stamford Connecticut for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Beatriz (nee Canedo) Gallup of Bloomfield, Connecticut; a son Douglas Gallup of Tampa, Florida; a stepson Mario R. Gutierrez and a granddaughter, Amalia Gutierrez both of Bloomfield, Connecticut.
Byron was born in Queens, New York on August 23, 1937, the son of the late Ira Smith Gallup and Ursula Hylton Gallup. His brothers, Hampden Banks and Robert Gallup both pre-deceased him.
He was an active member of Christ the Savior Russian Orthodox Church in Southbury for many years, where he served in a variety of positions.
As a young man he proudly served in the US Navy where he traveled the world, choosing to serve his entire enlistment period on board ships. He loved his time in the Navy, and after returning to civilian life, he joined the VFW post in Stamford when they lived there. Upon moving to Southbury, he joined VFW Post #1607 and was an active member until he became ill.
After fulfilling his time in the Navy, he took an entry level job in a bank in New York City and went on to establish an illustrious career in International Banking, where he rose to the position of Vice President and was widely recognized as an expert in Letters of Credit.
Byron was an accomplished photographer, not only taking pictures, but developing, editing, printing and framing them.
He was a prodigious reader and amassed a large book collection. He particularly enjoyed books on history and religion.
Byron was remembered by all who knew him as a kind and gentle man who was a loyal friend. He was also famous for his easy sense of humor. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, a memorial service and interment will be held at a later date. Meanwhile, to leave a condolence message please visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make a donation to The Christ The Savior Russian Orthodox Church Building Fund, a cause which was dear to Byron’s heart.
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