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Obituaries - September 2, 2017

Lawson V. Phaby, Jr

Former Missouri broadcaster-reporter, Lawson V. Phaby, Jr., 84, died peacefully on Sunday, August 20 in Ajijic.

pg10aHe was born May 8, 1933 in rural Arkansas, to Lawson V. Phaby, Sr. and Mary Marks Phaby.

The family moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1942 to seek treatment at Barnes Hospital Burn Clinic to repair burn injuries he suffered as an 18-month-old toddler.

Phaby served two years in the U.S. Army, from 1953-1955.  He then attended the University of Arkansas for two years.  He left in late 1956 to take a job at KDRO radio, Sedalia, Missouri.  He later worked at both KWOS and KLIK radio in Jefferson City, Missouri., KAOL, Carrolton, Missouri., WIBV, Belleville, Illinois., and then KSD Radio in St. Louis from 1970 through 1977.  Phaby also worked as a reporter for the Jefferson City News Tribune and for United Press International in Jefferson City and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

After leaving broadcasting in 1977, Mr. Phaby worked for the Missouri Public Service Commission until his retirement in 1995.

In the early 1990s, Mr. Phaby was appointed and later became chairman of the Jefferson City Cable Quality Commission, a local regulator of cable TV, and he also served as co-chair of a ten-member body to redraw city council ward boundaries in Jefferson City.

In 1997, he decided to move to Ajijic to enjoy the balmy climate on the shores of Lake Chapala.

While in Jefferson City, Phaby was active in the Jefferson City Cantorum, a community choir, and the Jefferson City Little Theatre.

In Mexico, he became active in Los Cantantes del Lago, a community choir, and the Lakeside Little Theatre.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Joyce Phaby Eiben and one brother Fred Phaby.

Survivors include daughter M. Christine Tellman (Jeff) of Meta, Missouri, and son, Jason Phaby of St. Louis, Missouri; and two grandsons, Joshua (Stefanie) and Kyle, both of Lee’s Summit, Missouri.


David Innes Gallagher


David Innes Gallagher, a long-time resident of Ajijic and Guadalajara, passed away at the age of 84 surrounded by his partner and family, August 6.

Gallagher was born in Hamilton, Ontario, the son of Thomas Harold Lincoln “Shiner” Gallagher and Frances Marion Innes.  He became an engineer after studying at Queens University, McMaster University (where he obtained an MBA) and the University of Western Ontario.  He was active as a junior officer with the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve.  He worked in the corporate world for many years as, among other things, a management consultant.

His primary interest was in family business consulting.  He was the original founding director with Gordon Sharwood of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) and its managing director for its first five years, after which it developed into a nationwide organization with over 3,000 family members. The organization was dedicated to educating and coaching family business members to overcome family, business and ownership problems that usually cause them to fail in one or two generations.

Gallagher retired in 2002 after having lived in Port Credit and Toronto for 40 years.  He was an avid sportsman and a member of golf, tennis, squash and ski clubs.  He taught business and family programs at the University of Toronto and York University.  He was an active member of the Rotary Club. On retiring he moved to Collingwood and then to Guadalajara and Ajijic, initially for the winters and then full time.  His last few years were spent quietly after a heart attack and a quadruple bypass.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club in Toronto, Tuesday, August 22, 1-4 p.m. Donations in David’s memory may be made to the Rotary Club of Toronto or the Rotary Club of Ajijic.

Gallagher will be remembered with love by his five children, Timothy David (Anne), Susan Patricia (Cliff), Sarah Elizabeth (Kyle), Ryan Ross (Tess) and Heather Barbara (Justin), eight grandchildren and his dear partner of nine years in Mexico, Lucy Montellano of Guadalajara.

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