Meet the Chief Marshal for the 230th 4th of July Celebration

Raymond E. Gallison, Jr.

 

With so many accolades and accomplishments to cite, it won't take long before you identify the Chief Marshal for the 230th Fourth of July Celebration.

Photo: Chief Marshal Raymond E. Gallison, Jr.,his wife, Diane, his sons Nathan (right) and Timothy (left) at the April announcement at the Burnside Building.

He is a long time member of Bristol Community who's roots are traced back to family members who have lived, worked and been prominent members of our Town for years.

He's been employed in many service oriented positions and is well recognized for his accomplishments and achievements. He's assisted the Portuguese community with the planning and construction of their Monument currently standing at Independence Park and was also involved with the Brenton Point State Park monument to Portuguese Explorers. He was part of the organizational meetings for First Night Providence and the Japanese Black Ships Festival.

He has been very active in our Town and has significantly helped people who earned their living on the water by being involved in the Mount Hope Boat Ramp and has participated in advancing the effort to improve and rehabilitate the facilities at the R.I. Veterans Home.

The Chief Marshal has helped with the annual Town-wide cleanup; Save Bristol Harbor; King Philip Little League; The Bristol Fire Department and Friends of the Bristol Animal Shelter.

He has earned many civic awards from our Town and State Governments including national recognition for helping students of families who are relocated to Rhode Island. He's a strong environmentalist who has helped the Audubon Society and improved water quality and prevented pollution in our Bay - think Brayton Point Cooling Towers and No LNG Tankers.

Our Chief Marshal graduated from LaSalle Academy, received a Bachelor's Degree in Public Service for Rhode Island College, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University, a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Massachusetts School of Law and a Fellowship in International Affairs from George Washington University.

He's received the Save Bristol Harbor Conservation Award; the Rhode Island Environmental Council Conservation Award; the Rhode Island National Guard Charles Dick Medal of Merit and is a 3-time award recipient of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Conservation Award; the American Legion Legislator Award; and Legislator of the Year, United Veterans Council of Rhode Island Award.

He is a member of the Veterans's Advisory Council of Senator Jack Reed, the Massachusetts Bar Association, Hydraulion Hose Company #1, the Rhode Island House of Representatives as the Chairman of the House Finance Committee, Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and the Chairman of the House Commission for the Construction of the new Veterans Home.

In addition to his many awards and recognitions, he has helped ensure that the men and women who deserve our thanks for what they have done for our Country, State and Town receive commendation through events and programs such as the Pearl Harbor Day Program, the Veterans Recognition Program and the Korean War Memorial Plaque.

He's a former Coach in the Newport County Youth Hockey Association, a former coach in the King Philip Little League and former Member and Chairman of the Bristol Zoning Board of Review.

He is married to the former Diane Wells, who has been a teacher in the Bristol Warren School District for 35 years. He has two sons; Timothy, who is a member of the Bristol Police Department; and Nathan, who is a member of the Pawtucket Police Department.

Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in honoring the 2015 Bristol 4th of July Celebration Chief Marshal, Raymond Gallison.


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