Founder of J.J. Gallant Inc. with local survivors

Published in the October 27, 2016 edition

LYNN— Joseph Jacques “J.J.” Gallant, 93, of Lynn, died peacefully at his home on Friday, Oct. 21. He was the husband of the late M. Claire (Curley) Gallant. Born and raised in Grande Digue, New Brunswick, Canada, he was the son of the late Phillippe and Yvonne (Poirier) Gallant. Jacques came to the United States on May 15, 1946 and had lived in Lynn since that time.

Jacques started his own general contracting business in 1951. J.J. Gallant, Inc. was incorporated in 1964 and is still thriving today. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Valladolid Council #70, Lynn as well as the Franco American AMVETS Post 161, Lynn. He was a recipient of the Massachusetts AMVETS Pilgrim Award for Americanism. Jacques had a strong Catholic faith and was a choir member in the former St. Jean–Baptiste Church in Lynn. He was also the head of the sports committee at the former St. Jean High School. He was very involved with various youth and charitable organizations. A very proud and patriotic American, he and his wife will be remembered for their annual Fourth of July parties. His greatest joy came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by three children; Marie Y. Glynn and her husband James of Beverly, Paul P. Gallant and his wife JoAnn of North Reading and Claudette P. Logan and her husband Stephen of Wakefield; seven grandchildren; James Glynn and his companion Christine Greenwood, Matthew Glynn, Amy Salt and her husband Brian, Collyn and Joseph Gallant, and Christine and Abigail Logan; his siblings; Alphonsine Babineau, Marguerite Lemenager and her husband Alphee, Eveline Maillet and her husband Roger, Louis Gallant and his wife Claudette and Emile Gallant and his wife Marie; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Raphael Gallant, Raymond Gallant and Lucie Poirier. The family would like to thank all of Jacques’ caregivers from All Care Hospice, especially his nurse, Mary, for the exceptional care given to him.

His funeral was held on Wednesday  from the Solimine Funeral Home, Lynn, followed by a funeral Mass in St. Pius V Church. Burial was in St. Jean-Baptiste Cemetery.  Those who prefer may make donations to All Care Hospice, 210 Market St., Lynn MA 01901.