Paul A. Galop

Paul A. Galop
Chatham – Paul A. Galop, 68 of Chatham passed away at home peacefully on May 28th, 2021 after a short battle with cancer with his family by his side.
He was the loving husband and best friend of Laurie Gamble Galop for 43 ½ years. He is survived by his two children, Kate Galop of Westport, and Peter Galop and his wife Kristin Brown Galop of Milton.  He was an amazing “Pops” to his three grandchildren, Tessa, James and Henry. He is also survived by his siblings Rita Seipp, Amy (Larry) Wolff, Bert (Valeria) Galop, and sister-in-law Michele Galop. He will be forever remembered by a niece, nephews, and extended family, as well as dear friends. He was predeceased by his brother William Galop Jr. and his father William J. Galop Sr. and mother Agnes Dennison Galop. He was born in Morristown, New Jersey and was raised in Whippany, NJ. He was a graduate of Whippany Park High School 1971, County College of Morris 1976, and Indiana University 1993 and 1996 respectively. He received his Master’s degree from Duquesne University in 2007. He was a member of the Whippany Fire Department 1971-1977 and a member of the Cedar Knolls First Aid Squad 1972-1977. In 1975, he became one of the first civilian police dispatchers in the history of the Morristown, NJ Police Department. He also served the Morris Township and Hanover Township police departments. In 1980 Paul and Laurie moved to Chatham on Cape Cod two years after honeymooning there. They purchased and operated Webster’s Sports Shop and Spinning Wheel Yarn Shop in the heart of Chatham until 1984. Paul became involved in mortgage banking primarily for Cape Cod Bank and Trust for the next 25 years until he retired. In his spare time from 1989 to 1992 Paul had his own Saturday night call-in oldies show on WCOD 106.1.  This, as well as music trivia, has always been one of his hobbies. When his children were young, he coached soccer, basketball, Little League and softball. Along side the sports he coached, he also was a Cub Scout leader and active volunteer. In 1980, Paul got involved with the Chatham A’s of the Cape Cod Baseball League.  During his time with the team, he held various team executive positions and also thoroughly enjoyed 10 years as the Public Address Announcer. In the fall of 2003, Paul was elected Commissioner of the CCBL and held that position for 15 straight years – the longest tenure for a commissioner in the history of the league. He “retired” from the CCBL in 2019 and was elected to the CCBL Hall of Fame later that year. Paul will be remembered for his level headedness, listening to three sides of every story, his wonderful sense of humor, knowledge of music and sports trivia and mostly his generous heart. Paul would often comment that the goal for the day would be “to be the best you can be.” And he succeeded.  
Donations in his memory can be made to the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) Foundation in c/o Paul Logan, Treasurer. 59 Dovetail Lane, Cotuit, MA 02635.  Visiting hours will be held at Nickerson Funeral Home in Chatham, MA on Friday June 4th from 4pm-7:30pm. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday June 5th on Veterans Field in Chatham, MA (rain or shine) at 12:30 p.m. Please check CCBL, and family social media pages and Nickerson Funeral Home Website for more details.