Eric William Gallett was born May 24, 1965, in Manchester Center, Vt., and died Dec. 14, 2010, at Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow, at the age of 45 years, 6 months and 19 days.
Eric joined the United States Coast Guard in August, 1983, and was stationed in Long Beach, Calif. He met Tina Wilder on the USCG Cutter Hamilton in 1989, and proposed Thanksgiving of that year in CuraÃao (pronounced Curasow) in the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean. They were married Jan. 27, 1990, in Salem, N.H., and made their home in Boston, Mass.
In June 1991, they were transferred to Federal Way, Wash., and Eric worked at Vessel Traffic Service in Seattle. While stationed there, son Christopher, was born Aug. 5, 1991. May 24, 1995, Eric's 30th birthday, daughter Jennifer was born.
In 1996, Eric was again transferred, this time to Key West, Fla., where he was stationed on the USCG Cutter Mohawk. In 1998, the family moved to Virginia where they were stationed for four years while Eric took his computer expertise and traveled the world, working in Russia, Spain, Germany and Canada. In 2002, they moved to Fort Dix, N. J., where Eric continued to travel. While in New Jersey, Eric also worked for Lockheed Martin and continued to travel.
In February 2007, Eric and Tina bought a house in Broken Bow. In May of that year, after 24 years of service, Eric retired from the United States Coast Guard as a Master Chief Radarman. The family then moved to Broken Bow.
In August 2008, Eric began working for Truestone where he continued traveling and built two ships, the Waesche (pronounced Way she) and the Bertholf. He was home for the holidays when his life was cut short.
Eric is survived by his wife, Tina; children, Christopher and Jennifer; parents-in-law, Ed and Etta Wilder; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Amy and Terry Hauf and Katie and Chris Hogg and Richard Wilder; father, Earl Gallett, retired Army, and wife Jo of Augusta, Ga; mother, Beverly Gallett and sister, Natasha both of Manchester Center, Vt.; and many nieces and nephews.