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William V. Gallagher III, 75, salesman for


William V. Gallagher III, a retired metal fasteners salesman, died of a heart attack Saturday at Oak Crest Village in Parkville, where he lived for the past seven years. He was 75 and formerly resided in Timonium.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Windsor Hills, he attended Valley Forge Military Academy and later took accounting courses at the Johns Hopkins University.

He was a salesman for Hill Stapler Co. on Harford Road before retiring about 20 years ago. He sold industrial staples used in the packaging, upholstery and florist trades.

As a young man, Mr. Gallagher was a baritone soloist at area churches. He sang and performed with the old St. Ann Players, Valley Players and Metropolitan Musicals.

Mr. Gallagher became a life master in bridge and directed the Grand Slam Duplicate Bridge Club in Timonium for more than 25 years.

He also belonged to the Baltimore Amateur Radio Club and had a ham radio license. He communicated via radio with Navy personnel stationed in Antarctica and relayed messages to their relatives.

He was a marshal and player at Pine Ridge Golf Course.

A funeral Mass was offered yesterday at Oak Crest.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Anna J. Flechuck, and two nephews, Boyd F. Reeder of Newport News, Va., and William Langdon Reeder of Richmond, Va.

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