WILLIAM McCLAUDE GALLOP
William McClaude Gallop, or Claude as he
was known, went into glory peacefully and surrounded by family August 30,
2008 in Nags Head, North Carolina.
Originally from Harbinger, North Carolina
(Currituck County), William Gallop was born in
1929. He completed high school in the historically black Currituck Training
School system in Currituck while working
alongside his parents and brothers and sisters on the family farm. He was a
stand out high school basketball player and a youth who earned a reputation
as a hard worker and sharp dresser. Throughout his youth, Claude Gallop
could be found working in the dining rooms of many of the finest
restaurants and hotels on the Outer Banks beaches.
Claude served his country honorably in
the United States Army. He later graduated from North
Carolina A & T
in Greensboro and completed coursework at Springfield College
in Massachusetts, and SUNY Cortland and
SUNY Brockport in New York.
Seeking better opportunity, Claude and his beloved wife and soul mate the
late, Matilda "Ann" S. Gallop moved from Greensboro, North
Carolina, where they taught for several years, to Rochester, New York where
the couple raised three daughters and built successful teaching careers in
the Rochester City Schools.
Claude would later become the first
African American teacher in the Webster, New York school district where he became
known lovingly as "Mr. G." He also was a successful athletic
coach in football, basketball and baseball. An enthusiastic educator with a
strong commitment to the student learning experience, he mentored and
tutored countless youth through academic and personal difficulties
throughout the Greater Rochester community. Concerned with the welfare of
all youth, he touched the lives of many students, parents, colleagues and
friends with his sincere devotion and compassion. Well-known as a very
caring and generous man, Claude was loved and admired for his jovial,
positive, and fun-loving spirit that brought a smile to all.
During his life, he participated in
basketball and baseball leagues and made yearly road trips with his buddies
to see home games of his beloved Cleveland Browns. He was a member of the Aenon Missionary
and the North Carolina A & T State University Alumni Association (Rochester, NY
Chapter). He enjoyed traveling, dancing, dining out, attending sporting
events, socializing with long-time friends at their retired men’s
breakfast and lunch groups, and spending time with family, friends, and
William M. "Claude" Gallop is
survived by his three daughters, Courtney N. Gallop of Nags Head, NC; Gerda
D. Gallop (Maurice) Goodman of Philadelphia, PA; and Deirdre P.
Gallop-Purefoy of Alexandria, VA; one grandson, Julien A. Johnson of Nags
Head, NC; one granddaughter, Olivia Ann Purefoy of Alexandria, VA; two
sisters, Pauline Jones of Greensboro, NC and Pocahontas Ivey of Powells
Point, NC; two brothers, Johnnie Gallop of Norfolk, VA and Wilbert Lee
Gallop of Augusta, GA; 1 sister-in-law, Angela Scarborough of Virginia
Beach, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and
special former students.
A graveside funeral service will be held
Friday September 5, 2008, at 11:30 am at White
Park in Perinton,
NY. The Reverend James L.
Cherry, Sr. will officiate. Arrangements were entrusted to Gallop Funeral
Services, Inc., Nags Head, NC and Millard E. Latimer & Son Funeral
Directors, Rochester, New York.
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