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Obituary - Burke A. Galer

Burke A. Galer

Date of Passing: August 29th, 2013

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Burke A. Galer, of New Hartford, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013, at his home, with his loving family by his side. He was born in Utica, the son of the late Everett and Helen French Galer and was educated in Utica schools. Upon graduation, he entered the US Army and was assigned to the 5th Infantry Division as a rifleman, serving in the Ardennes, Central Europe and Rhineland Campaigns. Burke rose to the rank of Corporal and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. After WW II, he studied violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School in Rochester. Burke later received his BS and MS degree''s from SUNY Potsdam. For 25 years he taught violin with the New Hartford Central School District, retiring in 1985. Burke was a member of the New Hartford and Oneida County Historical Societies, the New Hartford American Legion Post #1376, the Oneida County Music Teachers Association and the Sons of the American Revolution. He was also a life member of the Purple Heart Society, the American String Teachers Association and was a member, past president and past treasurer of the New Hartford Kiwanis Club. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Regina Sfeir Galer; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Charles (Nancy Burt) Galer of Taos, NM and David Galer of New Hartford; two adored granddaughters, Olive and Meena Galer; a sister, Dierdre Thomson of Freehold, NJ; a sister-in-law, Marion Galer of Philadelphia, PA; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Stephen. The funeral will be Tuesday at 10 am from the Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., 470 French Road, Utica/New Hartford, with his sister, Rev. Dr. Dierdre Thomson officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Crown Hill Memorial Park, Clinton. Calling hours are Monday from 4-7 pm. Members of the New Hartford American Legion will meet Monday evening at 6:30 and members of the Purple Heart Society will meet at 6:45 at the funeral home.


Dear Regina and Family: I just arrived back in town and heard the news of Burke's passing. Please accept our sincere condolences and I have had many great remebrances of Burke during his years with the NH Music Department. I know you were able to travel out west to see the grandchildren. Best Regards, Paul and Ann Clark
Paul and Ann Clark

Mr. Galer was my cello teacher back in the '60's and he was always very tolerant of my less than stellar cellist skills! I did learn about the bass clef from him, though and will always remember him fondly
Jeannine Grossman

Sincere sympathy on Burke's death to you Regina , the boys and their families. Burke was a good neighbor and alway had a great sense of humor. Burke will be missed.
Arthur/Ann Serth

Charlie , Mrs Galer and family we send our most sincere condolences for your loss and I'm sure Burke will be missed and he was very fortunate to have his family by his side at the time of his passing.May God keep & protect you all.
Keneth Burt & Susan Burt

My sincerest smpathies to Regina and family. May the thoughts and prayers of others be a source of comfort to you and may your memories that you all shared always be in your hearts forever.
Judy Oster

I had the privilege of knowing Burke for many years. He was a gentleman and a compassionate person. My deepest sympathy to his family on their loss.
Victor Fariello

Mr. Galer was my violin teacher at New Hartford and he made a lasting impression on me. He'd often give me rides home after I stayed late at school and was always otherwise very kind to me. Deepest condolences over your loss.
John Koslosky