On July 5th, 2020 we lost a loving, laughing, and larger than life man Robert “Bob” H. Gallimore. Bob’s life was colorful and exciting. He called Portage Lakes home, where he spent his childhood, but he traveled and lived in many states across the country, and no matter where he went, he found peace near the water. Bob loved the West Coast and was a resident of California at one point, and after took several trips out there with his family to reminisce and enjoy the scenery. He also had a place in his heart for Florida, where he lived and loved many, including close family and dear friends. Later, he lived in Chicagoland for many years and worked as a general contractor helping others repair and improve their homes, and enjoyed the Windy City with his family and the friends he had made there. Bob was generous and compassionate to a fault. He loved to see anyone around him having fun and taken care of to the best of his ability. Bob became the light and laughter wherever he went and made people feel important. His laughter and silliness were equalled only by his size. He loved to dance regardless of who watched, he loved to host with perfection, and gave his everything to whomever came into his life. Although he was shy and private at times, Bob loved with his entire heart, even when facing adversity, and always wanted to rise above. Bob loved his career in construction and sales, skateboarding, cooking, boating, football, movies, and art. He was a skilled artist and painter. He also loved to travel and explore new and old places with his family. His appetite for good food, good times, and a good life took him to many places. Bob was truly the perfect mix of a man who was childhearted and yet fiercely protective. He loved being a husband and father and for those who knew him well knew he was happiest when he was surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his loving wife Lauren Gallimore (DiSalvo), beautiful and spirited daughters Cassie and Parker Gallimore, two amazing grandchildren, mother and father Kathy O’neill and Robert Stottler, siblings, and countless other friends and loved ones throughout his life. An open celebration of his life will occur on Thursday, July 16th beginning at 3pm at Danos Lakeside Pub in the Portage Lakes. This gathering is an informal and joyful memorial of the legacy “Big Bob” left for us to love and remember. His family welcomes any and all who want to share stories and smiles of this one-of-a-kind man.
Condolences can be shared with his family online at www.heritagecremationsociety.com.
Heritage Cremation Society