Arthur S. Gallant, 61: Family man, loved to entertain

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Arthur S. “Artie” Gallant died Oct. 6 at his home.

On May 31, 1949, he was born in Portland, a son of Arthur W. Gallant and Mildred Swett.

In 1968 he graduated from South Portland High School and attended a local technical institute for two years before serving in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.

For more than 30 years he was employed at Quality Assurance Labs in South Portland, and obtained several certifications over the years.

A life-long love of music, he played the guitar in local bands, performed as an Elvis impersonator for charities, and above all, enjoyed singing.

He was also known for performing magic tricks, and never revealed his techniques.

Cooking Sunday dinners and spending time on his boat with his family were his favorite weekend activities. He also enjoyed hanging out with friends after work at his cousin’s body shop.

A devoted husband and an admirable father, he was a man of character and inspiration to those who knew and loved him.

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Portland, a life member of V.F.W. and the Moose Club in Scarborough.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sissy Gallant; four children, daughter Jesse Gallant of South Portland, son Travis Gallant and Ginita DiFazio of South Portland, daughter Tammy and Tommy McDonough of South Portland, and son Artie Gallant and Kiley Hill of Middletown, Conn.; seven grandchildren, Autumn, Boston, Faith, Robyn, Jake, Ashley, and T.J.; his mother, Mildred Swett of South Portland; a sister, Cathy White, and her husband Gary of Portland; and a large extended family.

Memorial services were held earlier this week.

Arrangements are by Hobbs Funeral Home, Cottage Road, South Portland.

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