Tribute by good friends By Dr. Joanne D. Eisen & Mr. Alan J Chwick
New York –-(Ammoland.com)- Dr. Paul Gallant, Optometrist, born October 7th, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York, died unexpectedly on August 26, 2015. He was just 70 years old.
Paul is survived by his wife, Sherry; children, Jeffrey and Joanna; their spouses Eileen and Andy (respectively); his grandchildren, Brayden, Cavan, Alxisa and Caitlin; and an older sister, Isabel Strasser.
Paul graduated from City University of New York-Brooklyn College (1969, B.S. M.A., Chemistry) and then from State University of New York College of Optometry (1976, O.D.). He married Sherry in 1968. Paul began working as a Clinical Instructor at SUNY College of Optometry (1976 – 1981) and as an Optometrist at Gouverneur Hospital (1976 – 1991) before engaging in the private practice of Optometry (Rockland County, NY & Lindenhurst, NY) from 1976 to the present.
Paul was accomplished at not only Optometry, where he often wrote on Optometric technical issues in the prominent journals, but he was also a dedicated individual who loved, supported and actively wrote on global issues of freedom, including the US Second Amendment.
Paul was no softy when it came to these issues. He was no softy when it came to the Truth. And, he was no softy when lies were told, as they so often are, about torture, genocide and gun owners. For these, Paul turned into a tenacious bulldog.
He wrote editorials to local papers, disputing their firearms stances, but his talent was way more than just finding facts and relaying them back to the choir. He would find the way a lie/fact was told, and expose the truth, even to those who were fooled by the original lie. He would spend hours, even days, figuring out the lies, to turn them around.
Paul also had a strong global reach. He, with the collaboration with others, leaves a legacy of articles and journal papers that are, to this day, downloaded in the Ukraine, China and countries where freedom is craved, but denied.
“Paul, along with his wife, was a great supporter of AmmoLand Shooting Sports News. AmmoLand has published much of his recent work in the last seven years, and each article is worth re-reading and sharing. I had the pleasure of speaking with Paul quite often and he was always concerned that not enough people were not more concerned and protective of the second amendment. He was always looking for new ways to stir up more people in support the RKBA” said Fredy Riehl editor of AmmoLand Shooting Sports News .
In 2006, Paul found facts about forcible weapons control in Uganda, which was distributed at the UN that summer. The army in Uganda had been torturing and murdering local armed Karamojong tribesmen, but when that article was released, donor countries withdrew funding. Many Ugandan lives that year were saved.
Paul helped bring an Oromo dissident journalist from Ethiopia, safety to the US, who will remember Paul as a kind mentor and unshakable friend.
“He was my rescuer, my co-author and even my optometrist,” said the journalist. “I will always remember his selfless and generous acts.”
The funeral was quietly held at Mount Golda Cemetery in Huntington Station, NY on Friday, August 28th, 2015, and shivah followed afterwards. Condolences can be sent to Ms. Sherry Gallant, 455 N. Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst, NY 11757.
Paul spent many hours, many days, his life, serving us by figuring out the lies and by proving to us that we were not guilty of anything, but our love of Freedom and our belief in the precepts of out Founders.
So rest well, Paul. You always did the best job possible. And as another friend said, “I will miss his spirit, his energy and his shy smile.”
We all lost a Freedom Fighter, an outspoken author and a great friend.
We will never forget you. RIP.