Peter A. Gallerani III of Teaticket died December 12 at the age of 87.

He was the husband of Shirley (Vara) Gallerani, to whom he was married for 65 years.

A graduate of Wellesley High School, Mr. Gallerani earned his undergraduate degree in science from the University of New Hampshire and his MBA from Northeastern University. Between his studies for each degree, he entered the US Air Force through the ROTC system and left after three years with the rank of captain.

Mr. Gallerani worked for Sanders Associates and then at Lockheed Martin in New Hampshire for 32 years and retired as director of manufacturing of Airborne Defense Systems.

While he and his wife raised their family in Sudbury, Mr. Gallerani was on the board of directors of the Cub Scouts. He coached Little League and the traveling tournament team for six years, and also coached Pop Warner football.

After he retired in 1990, he built their house in Falmouth, where they moved permanently in 2000. He and his wife built a home in Naples in 2005.

As a Falmouth resident, Mr. Gallerani championed environmental issues, supporting the dredging of the channel into Perch Pond in Teaticket and becoming a volunteer with Pondwatchers, an organization that monitors water quality in the ponds. He served as president of the Perch Pond Association, and became financial director of FACES, or Falmouth Association Concerned with Estuaries and Salt Ponds. He also was a member of the Falmouth Friendly Lawn Committee.

With his wife he traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, as well as the United States. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a trip to Costa Rica in 2015, joined by children and grandchildren.

During their time spent in Naples, he and his wife volunteered as mentors for two high school students through the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee, Florida. The couple also participated with the Early Learning Initiative in Naples in a book program with preschoolers.

In addition to his wife, he leaves a sister, Tima Smith of Pomfret, Connecticut; four children, Richard Gallerani of Boston, Mark Gallerani of Greensboro, North Carolina, Steven Gallerani of Deerfield, New Hampshire, and Lori Perry of Oak Bluffs; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and extended family.

A memorial service will be planned for this coming summer.

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