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Kenneth Michael Gallant
  • June 25, 1946
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  • November 03, 2016

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Kenneth (Ken) M. Gallant, 70, from Ocala, FL, formerly of Orland, ME and Sartell, MN, died peacefully on November 3rd after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Ken was born in Bangor, Maine on June 25, 1946, the son of Joseph and Mary (Soper) Gallant. He attended Bucksport High School in Bucksport, ME as well as the University of Maine in Orono, Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, ME, and graduated in May 1969 from Calhoun MEBA School of Marine Engineering in Baltimore, MD. During the Vietnam War, Ken served as a member of the Merchant Marines providing munitions and supplies to American soldiers.

A steam engineer by trade, Ken spent the majority of his career working for the paper industry, first for St. Regis and Champion in Bucksport, ME before moving to Sartell, MN to work for Champion and then International Paper as a power and utilities manager. Ken retired in 2006.

An accomplished trumpet player, cook, and golfer, Ken was known for his kindness, generosity, and sense of humor. He loved camping, fishing, and the outdoors. He was also an outstanding football player in high school and college, leading the Bucksport Golden Bucks to the state championship in 1963.

Ken is survived by his wife, Kristina (Luce) Gallant; his children Heidi (Gallant) Gignac and her husband Ed, Patrick Gallant and his wife Pauline, and Philip Gallant and his wife Terrie; his sister, Jennifer (Gallant) Cloukey and her husband Peter; sister in law, Barbara Gallant; his grand-children, Ryan, Amy, Hayley, Michael, Isabella, and Parker. He is pre-deceased by his father Joseph Gallant, his mother Mary (Soper) Gallant, and his brother Joe Gallant.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked well-wishers to donate to the Legacy House in Ocala, FL which provided him with hospice care in his final days. Those wishing to make a donation may do so by visiting www.hospiceofmarion.com.

Loved by many and missed by all who knew him. Arrangements by Baldwin Brothers Funerals & Cremation 954 E. Silver Springs Blvd.,Ocala, FL 352-236-5884.

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  1. Richard Patty says:
    21 Nov 2016
    Great guy. Went to school in Baltimore with him and worked with him in Bucksport. Sorry for family and friends.

  2. Jenny Brown says:
    08 Nov 2016
    My thoughts are with Kristina (and family) ..for the loss of a truly great man - her husband for many years.. in a union that was truly perfect and wonderful. Kenny was a gentle kind and honest man..a great father, husband and am sure a great friend to many. I am the mother of the beautiful daughter (Heidi Lynn Gallant Gignac) "we" had so many years ago. Kristina thought of her as her daughter as well (how wonderful!).. Am so sorry Kenny has passed. He fought a very long and brave battle... Blessings on all...Kristina, Patrick, Jenna, Heidi, Phillip and all who loved Kenny. A wonderful gentle soul has journeyed to a better place. RIP Kenny.

  3. Irene Truitt says:
    08 Nov 2016
    Kenny-such a kind and caring man and a great sense of humor. So sorry for your loss.

    06 Nov 2016
    Sorry to hear about your dad. It sounds like he was a great guy and lived a good, fulfilling life.

    Roman , Lesia, Mark and Maria Zownirowycz

  5. Joe Martin says:
    05 Nov 2016
    Ken, in the few years that Anita and I knew you and Kris we became very good friends. You and I always enjoyed "picking" on each other. It is difficult to find a better friend. You will be missed by many. I will never forget you. Always, Anita n' Joe

  6. Julie Soper Philbrook says:
    05 Nov 2016
    Will remember our childhood adventures. We shared a grandmother and grandfather Otto and Percie Soper. Thinking of you all at this time.

  7. Joyce( Soper) Hanscom says:
    05 Nov 2016
    Remembering all the wonderful time we spent together as children. Rest in peace Ken and know you are still loved and remembered here in Orland Maine.

  8. Linda M Whitaker says:
    05 Nov 2016
    We will all miss you Kenny as you were such a great guy. Nate and I were so glad we got connected up with you and Kris and had a great time together, I only wish it could have been more visits. Thanks for all the good memories. Much love, Linda Maguire Whitaker

  9. Jim Gould says:
    04 Nov 2016
    We will miss you Ken. One of the best friends I Have ever had. We admire everything he and Kris achieved and will miss him so much.

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