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Robert Gallant SOUTH READING, Vt. — Robert died peacefully Oct. 14, 2020, of aspiration pneumonia at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Elva Sherer Gallant of South Lyndeborough, New Hampshire; brother, James Sherer of Proctorsville, Vermont; and sister, Joyce Herrick of Keene, New Hampshire. He is survived by his sister, Mary and brother-in-law Jonathan Springer of South Reading, Vermont; paternal aunt, Louise Fischer, paternal uncle, Harold Gallant, both of Rhode Island; maternal uncle, Lloyd Stillwell of Proctorsville; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Robert was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, and was raised in South Lyndeborough with his parents. Upon his father's death, he moved with his mom to Keene to live with his sister, Joyce. It was in Keene that Robert connected to Monadnock Developmental Services (MDS), where he participated in many Special Olympic events. Robert was highly competitive and won many medals at these events. In 2002, MDS placed Robert in Vermont to live with his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Jonathan, of South Reading, where he remained until his death. Robert continued his love of sports, particularly the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. As Mary and Jon's grandchildren grew up and participated in various school sports, Robert always attended to cheer them on. He grew to love his artistic side and started painting under the tutelage of Stephanie Bower. He participated in an art show in Keene where he sold some of his paintings. Robert loved to travel with his sister on many trips to Sanford, Florida, and the beaches of Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels in both Springfield and Windsor, Vermont, and Community Dinners at Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Proctorsville. His greatest gift of love was for his family and friends. A virtual Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. at his home in South Reading with a link being forwarded to family and friends. In lieu of flowers, and because of his love of God, contributions may be made in his memory to Gethsemane Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 217, Proctorsville, VT 05153.

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