Gerald J. Gallo, 80, Of Phila.; Led Clothing Workers' Local 170

Posted: October 21, 1991

Gerald J. Gallo, 80, the former president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers' local in Philadelphia, died Saturday at Lankenau Hospital. He lived in the Overbrook Park section of Philadelphia.

Born in West Philadelphia, Mr. Gallo left West Catholic High School in his senior year and took a job at the Sharp Brothers tailor shop on Arch Street to help support his family when his father became ill. He was involved in unionizing the tailors at the shop - about 200 people at that time - and became the company's shop chairman in 1941.

In 1948, Mr. Gallo became president of Local 170 of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, and he served in that post for 20 years. About 1960, he left Sharp Brothers and worked in the union office on South Street, in charge of collecting dues from members. He retired in the early 1970s.

Mr. Gallo was a member of the Men of Malvern, the 34th Ward Italian American Citizens Club and the Nicholas Pucciarelli Bocce Club.

He is survived by his wife, Sadie; son, Laurence J.; daughter, Geraldine A. McNulty; a brother, and two grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Robert L. D'Anjolell Funeral Home, 6506-20 Haverford Ave., Philadelphia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Donato's Church, 65th and Callowhill Streets, Philadelphia. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon.

Contributions to his memory can be sent to St. Donato's Church, 401 N. 65th St., Philadelphia 19151.

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