Cornelius Gallagher, a longtime Rockaway resident, died July 30.
Gallagher was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Rockaway 31 years ago. He was the director of the Department of Health and Human Services. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Gallagher was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Gallagher.
He is survived by Joan Gallagher, mother to their two sons, Matthew Gallagher and Sean Gallagher; brother, Gerard Gallagher; sister, Anne Roberts; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Rockaway Beach. A funeral mass will take place at St. Francis de Sales Church, Belle Harbor, on Saturday, August 4, at 10:45 a.m.