James E. “Jim” Gallant
RUMFORD -– James E. “Jim” Gallant, 75, of Highland Terrace, Mexico, died on April 12, 2011 at the Rumford Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Mexico on September 5, 1935, the son of Albany and Josephine (Doucette) Gallant. He graduated from Mexico High School.
Jim worked for the Boilermakers Local # 29, and had previously worked in the belt shop for Oxford Paper Company in Rumford.
Jim was a licensed pilot and enjoyed his planes, loved to fish and hunt, an avid Red Sox fan, vegetable gardening and enjoyed winters in Florida. He will be missed for his sly sense of humor and devilish smile.
He was married in Mexico on December 31, 1992 to the former Clara Trenoweth, who survives of Mexico.
Other survivors include daughters, Suzan Howard and husband, Richard of Winterport, Cynthia Benton of Auburn, Judi Gallant and companion, Danny Payne of South Paris, Josie Poulin and husband, Brian of Turner; son, James B. Gallant and wife, Kathy of Canton; brothers, Gerald Gallant, and Richard Gallant and wife, Jean of Rumford, William Gallant and wife, Mary of Peru, Ronald “Freddie” Gallant and wife, Colleen of Florida; sister, Ann Sawchuck and husband, Bill of Canada; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; step-sons, Richard Welch, and Carl “Chuck” Welch and wife, Karen of Mexico, and Shane T. Welch of Rumford; step-daughter, Shannon Welch of Rumford; nine step-grandchildren and one step great-granddaughter.
The family extends a special thank you to the staff of the Rumford Hospital for the excellent care that Jim received.