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Hollis Courtland Gallot, 95

by Betsy Varga

Born in Holliston, MA, January 2, 1917, and died in his home at the age of 95 in Quarryville, PA, on November 11, 2012.

“Great listener, great story teller, and friend to all” is what anyone who knew
Hollis would have said.  A WWII veteran, he served in the US Army European Theater as a Corporal in the 60th Transportation Corps group, was a member of the East Holliston Volunteer Fire Department and the Grange.   He was a Boy Scout in his youth and later a Scout Master for many years.  He was a longtime member of the First Congregational Church of Holliston and most recently a member of Mt. Hope Methodist Church of Quarryville.

Although farming was his passion, he worked as a tree surgeon, orchardist, machine shop operator, and by retirement was head of the Maintenance Department for Holliston Middle School.  He worked for years in the Holliston School System and was fondly known as "Mr. G" by the school children.  He also built and operated a small commercial greenhouse in Holliston.

An avid gardener, his extraordinary backyard garden in Quarryville supplied his family, neighbors and a local food bank with an abundance of quality produce.  If asked why he planted so much, he would say, "To give the vegetables to people".

He was “Pa” not only to his many children and grandchildren, but to all the kids that knew him.

He was predeceased by his wife of over 50 years, Arlene Sawyer Gallot, and
daughter Elizabeth Gallot Stadalski of Holliston, MA.

He is survived by three children Doris (Jerrie) Gorenflo of Ontario, OH; William John Gallot of Auburn, NH; James Courtland Gallot of New Haven, VT; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
We, the family, thank Hospice and Community Care, who loved and cared for him making it possible for him to remain in his home as he had always wished.  In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice and Community Care are requested.