In Memory

John Gallucci

John Neal 'Coalman' Gallucci

Published: June 5, 2013

June 3, 2013

John Neal "Coalman" Gallucci, 58, of Hazleton passed away Monday at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center surrounded by his family following a brief illness.

Born in Hazleton, he was the son of John Gallucci and the late Mildred (DeAngelo) Gallucci.

John was a 1973 graduate of Hazleton High School, where he was an outstanding football player.

He operated his own coal delivery business for many years until a motorcycle accident forced him to retire.

John was a member of Most Precious Blood Church and the Flying Aces Motorcycle Club.

He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and also coached for the Bishop Hafey High School football team and in the Raiders Football League.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his mother, was his brother-in-law, Michael Cassano.

Surviving, in addition to his father, are his wife, the former Marybeth Kennedy; his daughter, Malena; stepdaughter, Jamie (Delfine) Hiles and husband, Ryan, Dawson; sisters, Ann Gallucci Cassano, Hazleton; and Gail Gallucci Omolecki and husband, Mark, Nanticoke; grandchildren, Jordan, Jaelyn and Slade; along with many nieces and nephews.

Johnny will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, pop-pop and a great friend to many. He will be greatly missed.

Friends may call Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Most Precious Blood Church, Hazleton. A Mass of Christian B

urial will take place at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family.

Fierro Funeral Service Inc., Hazleton, is handling the arrangements.

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06/06/13 03:41 PM #1    

John G. Kollesar

                  First met John in 9th grade Hazle Twp .  after coming from 8 years of St. Josephs it was quite a

        social shock !   John helped me adjust . I think it cost me  by    giving him some answers to Mr Richards math

        tests . It's ironic John was the one to tell me about the class reunion meetings and now he won't be there.

                                                        Only the good ----------------

                                           good by old friend

                                                                                 john kollesar

06/06/13 06:29 PM #2    

Diane Piskel (Sheehan)

In deepest sympathy, my prayers are with you and your family.  God does not take anyone until they are complete...Rest in Peace , John  Classmate - Diane ( Piskel) Sheehan  


06/07/13 07:26 AM #3    

John P. Baran, Jr.

I'll start by saying " I had a friend , was a big baseball player  Back in high school" I'm  sitting back and trying to recapture a little of the 'Glory Days'. None of the stories were boring,mister. Time will slip away but we had nothin but Glory Days.  Johnny Gall thanks for the memories.

John Baran

06/07/13 08:25 AM #4    

Gayle Yourish (Jenkins)

My heart breaks but the memories live on John.  Thank you for the Prom, the little blue Volkswagen, meeting your sister and parents and all the fun evenings at the Pines and the boys in the band!  I'll never forget Perkins and you sitting at the counter having another coffee. I hope you are working on another car with a cup of coffee in your hand.....until we all meet again......

06/09/13 10:46 AM #5    

Philip J. Marnell

John wil surely be missed. To say he was a unique individual would be an understatement.  I can remember an incident that occured in the late 70's. John and I played in the same softball league but were on different teams.  One of the players on my team was having some issues with John, who at that point, was threatening physical violence with my team mate. Our teams met for a late game at Angela Park and I knew I had to "diplomat" the meeting to keep my team mate alive.  We ended up afer the game sitting in Johns orange panal van drinking quarts of beer from Henry's and smoking.  After a while and becoming deaf from Johns 8 track blasting "Crazy on you" by Heart, we realized all the park lights were off and the entrance blocked off for the night.  We had to leave our cars there overnight and John followed the mini train tracks around through the woods while we walked on both sides of the van moving branches out of the way. By the way, John had only one headlight.  We were able to squeeze out near the entrance and returned the next day for the other vehicles.

John was a "tough" guy but he had a heart of gold.


Rest in peace.

06/11/13 08:58 PM #6    

Noreen Frask (Gunzenhauser)

    I can so vividly see our times in study hall at HHS.  Like the time I had tootsie rolls and you wanted some. The tin was hard to open,slipped out of your hand, went crashing down on the table (woke everyone up!) and tootside rolls went flying everywhere!  Or the time Ann Esposito said "Noreen, please help him with the geometry, or he really will draw legs on the triangle".

   It was only Easter 2012 when our paths crossed, and we spoke of the upcoming reunion. You were so looking forward to it.  I still cannot fathom that you will be there only in spirit. I will certainly be thinking of you, and thanks for the memories.



08/20/13 12:25 AM #7    

Nancy Roman friend...I miss you, my family misses you, and I could go on and on.  I thank you for being there for me through all my tribulations.  You always made me laugh and lets just say made it bearable.  Remember when your van broke down in Philly?  What a crazy day that was.  I will always remember you as the man who filled my heart with joy and I will never forget you.   GOD BLESS YOU

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