Paul Galligan


Paul F. Galligan, age 80, died Friday, May 28, 2021 at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, St Marys Campus.

Paul was born on July 29, 1940 in Lanesboro, MN to Lawrence and Ruth (Horihan) Galligan. He served in the United States Navy.

Paul is survived by his sister, Denise Mielimonka of Steilacoom, WA; and nieces and nephews, Patricia Madison of Olympia, WA, Michael Mielimonka of Steilacoom, WA, Mary Huber of Dupont, WA, Mark Mielimonka of Santa Ana, CA, Michelle Galligan of Brooklyn, NY.

Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Lawrence; and his brother Michael.

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Paul may be shared at

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6 thoughts on “Paul Galligan

  1. Sorry to hear this. Paul was a classmate and friend of mine. condolences to Denise and Micheal. and their families..

  2. Oh Uncle Paul… We miss you horribly. Just know that you were loved and cherished by your family forever and ever.
    RIP Uncle Paul and ride the river and pick up the pieces of our family as you always have in your own quiet and gentle way.

  3. Our kind, gentle, and sweet Uncle Paul will be very much missed. We always had fun joking with him about the fact that he may be left handed, but he was not always right 🙂 We always looked forward to our visits in Canton with him. We enjoyed going to the Niagara Cave, bike riding on the Root River Trail, canoeing, and having dinner with him at his and Grandma’s favorite restaurant, the Branding Iron in Preston. We will keep him in our hearts and memories forever and know that he is resting in peace. We love you Uncle Paul… Mary, Terry, and Audrey Huber

  4. Very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. He was a fellow classmate at Canton and a good friend. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  5. Dear Uncle Paul,
    I’m so glad I could leave a message here. I’ll always keep the fun memories of you at the Canton farm. I always looked forward to our Minnesota trips. May you rest in peace with grandma, grandpa and Uncle Mike in Heaven. ❤️

  6. Rest in peace sweet Uncle Paul. Thank you for all the amazing memories visiting you in Minnesota over the years! I’ll always remember exploring the caves, canoeing down the river (and tipping over at the S-curve), venturing through the corn field (and you scaring me), eating strawberry-rhubarb pie, and sitting on the front lawn looking at fireflies. I am so lucky that I got to know my Great Uncle, and I will always keep you in my heart Paul. I’m so grateful that I got to be with you for those last good days, reminiscing on all the fun we had together, listening to country music all day, showing you pictures of my life in Washington, and eating mandarin oranges. I can’t put into words how much it to meant to me to be with you then, and how much you mean to me as my amazing uncle. I like to believe that you’re my guardian angel Paul; when I was in San Francisco right after leaving you in Minnesota, I passed by the Left Handed store that we bought your mug from online. I have never seen that store in person, and I know it was a sign from you that you’re with me. I hope you’re watching some awesome news stations and eating delicious meatballs up in heaven, and that you still get your much-needed introvert time. I hope you’re with your parents and brother and catching up on everything you’ve missed over the past years! I love you so much Paul, our family loves you so much. I am thinking of you every day, and I know I will see you again ❤️

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