Waihi Deputy Fire Chief sent off in style
A large crowd gathered at the Waihi Memorial Hall at 1 pm today to show their deep respect for, and share memories of, Waihi Fire Service Deputy Chief Grant Galley, a man who’d given 43 years of service to his community.
Shortly before 1 pm, Grant’s coffin had been loaded onto ‘the Pump’, an old but beautifully maintained fire appliance that took him to the service in Waihi’s Seddon Street.
Firemen, many of whom had travelled to be there, marched from the Waihi Fire Station in Kenny Street to the hall where Grant was carried inside to be lovingly celebrated.
The hall was packed with people. Those who didn’t arrive in time to be seated were content to stand at the back and spill out into the entrance and outside, where two fire engines and a Fire Service van stood guard.
Grant was remembered for his love of his family, rugby (especially the All Blacks and the Blues), a beer with his mates, a game of bowls and his dedication to the Waihi Fire Service.
Affectionately known as ‘Gal’, the man who passed away last Thursday would have been so incredibly proud of his first grandchild – a little boy who made his appearance in this world just yesterday.
The Circle of Life continues…
Rest easy Grant Sydney Galley – 19th January – 2nd November 2017