Vic was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Ellen and Victor W. Gallant. He lived in Cincinnati until 1965 when his parents moved to Phoenix. They had traveled through Arizona on a vacation and thought the weather was wonderful. Goodbye snow!
He attended Phoenix Union High School, which at the time, was the largest high school this side of the Mississippi River. It covered three city blocks. Vic’s graduating class of 1967 had 3,000 students.
He entered the Army in 1968 and served two years on the Korean Demilitarized Zone. He was a proud veteran and belonged to the American Legion Post 12 in Wickenburg.
Vic worked for the Phoenix Union High School District for 29 years. He was a maintenance painter for 12 high schools and a number of other schools in the district. After retiring Vic moved with his wife Beth and daughter Nicole to Wickenburg. Beth had grown up in Wickenburg and was a 1969 graduate of WHS. Beth knew that this was the perfect town to raise Nicole in. Nicole graduated from WHS in 2004.
An avid baseball fan, the family traveled to San Diego and Los Angeles every year to attend the Cincinnati Reds games. An entire room in his house was devoted to the Reds. When the Arizona Diamondbacks were created, Vic and the family were at the opening game and had season tickets for many years.
Vic struggled with COPD for many years and passed away peacefully in the care of Wickenburg Community Hospital and Infinity Hospice Care.
Vic is survived by Beth, his wife of 40 years; his daughter Nicole Gallant-Baker (Rick); grandchildren Danielle and Dillon; cousin Mike Gallant, brothers-in-law Rex McManamy, Russell McManamy and their families.
The family would like to thank Dr.Craig Rundbaken, Cheryl Poisson FNP, Wickenburg Fire Department, Wickenburg Community Hospital, Infinity Hospice Care and David’s Desert Chapel Funeral Home.
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