|Passing of Life Member Joseph A. Gallup|
|By Photographer Frank Di Pentima|
|April 12, 2020|
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Life Member Joseph A. Gallup.
Joseph Andrew Gallup age 81 of Oakland passed away on April 9, 2020. Son of Franklin Gallup and Rita (nee- Odenheimer). Joe was born in Jersey City, NJ and was an only child. He was also half-brother to Frank Gallup from Maine and Dianne Maitland of Florida.
Joe attended Jersey City College and Montclair State University. He received his master’s degree at William Paterson University. He was an educator for 45 years and taught science to 7th and 8th graders at Franklin Lakes Middle School (FAMS). In addition to teaching, Joe served after school as a referee to a variety of youth sports.
Joe passionately served on the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department (Company 1) as a volunteer fireman in Oakland for 56 years. While in fire department, he was recognized as one of the first pioneers on the Underwater Search and Recovery unit as he was an avid swimmer. He held the role of secretary for the Fire Department and Relief Association.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be a private family service at Pond’s Reformed Church Cemetery. Donations can be made in Joe Gallup’s name to the NJ Firemen’s Home located at 565 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005 (www.NJFH.org) or the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department (http://www.oaklandfd.org/), 25 Yawpo Avenue, Oakland NJ 07436.