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Norbert E. “Nobby” Gallant

Norbert E. “Nobby” Gallant, 74, of Rowley, died on March 2, 2021 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, surrounded hand-in hand by his loving wife, three sons, and daughter-in-law.

Born on September 3, 1946, Norbert was the sixth of twelve children of the late Albert and Aldene (Marcorelle) Gallant. He attended grammar school at St. Stanislaus in Ipswich, and after graduating from trade school, Nobby served in the US Army as a communications specialist, primarily stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. He worked for Metalcrafters in Wakefield/Methuen as a sheet-metal machinist for thirty-four years, retiring in 2011. Nobby married the love of his life, Maureen (Damato) Gallant, on February 2, 1980. They remained happily married for the rest of his forty-one years, raising three boys Brad, Ryan, and Adam Gallant in Rowley. Nobby devoted his entire life to his immediate and extended family, who he loved beyond words. Nobby loved spending time on the water and was one of the original part-owners of the Amvets Houseboat­—one of the first three houseboats in Ipswich Bay. He was also a proud longtime member of the Ipswich Outboard Club (IOC), the Knights of Columbus 498 Carrollton and the AMVETS  Post #201 where he served as Commander.

In addition to his wife and three boys, Nobby is survived by his future daughter-in-law Emily Littler (Ryan’s fiancé), daughter-in-law Kori (wife of Brad) and grandson, Max, who he shared an incredible bond with. He is also survived by his brothers Roland Gallant and his wife Nancy, Daniel Gallant and his wife Jennifer, Dennis Gallant and his wife Joanne, his sisters Suzanne Gustafson and her husband Nels, Lucinda Currier, Janet Corcoran and her husband Larry, and Claire Wile and her spouse Gary, his sisters-in-law Kerry Gallant and Jean Gallant, and brother-in-law Robert Freeman. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brothers Brian Gallant, Phillip Gallant, Bro. Mark Gallant, his sister Jeanne “Beanna” Freeman, sister-in-law Diane Gallant and brother-in-law John Currier.  Belonging to a family of twelve brothers and sisters, he gained numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews throughout his life, as well as cousins and other relatives whom he loved and cherished.

Services will be announced and held at a later date.  Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ipswich Outboard Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 375, Ipswich, MA 01938.

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