Brian Gallery, age 86, died at Excelsoins in Knowlton in January from complications from a fall at home. He was a successful publisher and politician, who was instrumental in establishing the School of Irish Studies at Concordia University.
Mr. Gallery became a councillor for the City of Westmount in 1975. Eight years later, he won election as mayor. Brian and his wife Nancy came to this area in 1974 and retired to their house in West Bolton in 2000. Later they moved to Knowlton.
Brian was Chairman of the Brome Lake Land Foundation from 1999-2000 and a past Director of the Knowlton Golf Club. He was one of the driving forces behind the development of the new nine holes.
Most of Brian’s retirement was taken up with his work for the Canadian Irish Studies program at Concordia University in Montreal. The Brian O’Neill Gallery Fund was named in his honour. It provides approximately $50,000 a year for about 20 students. Brian helped build an $8-million endowment using his formidable fundraising talents. His secret was a mixture of charm and a vast list of contacts and friends and not taking no for an answer.
Brian Gallery loved card games, in particular bridge and cribbage. He organized an annual cribbage tournament with a group in Newport, Vermont, which ran for 10 years.
He is survived by his wife Nancy, his daughters, Ann, Elizabeth and Mary and seven grandchildren. Mrs. Gallery said of the staff at Excelsoins in Knowlton: “They were respectful, compassionate and accommodating and we are very grateful.”