It is with a heavy heart and greatest sorrow that we announce that on October 13th, 2020 Robert Masujima Gallo passed away.
Robert was born on March 31st, 1954 to Genaro Gallo and Seiko Masujima in a United States Army hospital in Tokyo, Japan. He grew up in Los Angeles, California until age 18 when Robert left home to attend college at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated in 1976 and commissioned into the United States Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in Field Artillery. His military service took him to Berlin, Germany; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; San Jose, California; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; and the Pentagon, Washington D.C. While stationed in Fort Sill, Robert met and married his wife, Pandora, adopted her 4 children, and the couple produced a 5th child. The couple’s 6th and final child was born when the family moved to Aberdeen Proving Ground. Upon his Army retirement in 1994, Robert settled his family in Abingdon, Maryland, where they have resided ever since.
Robert’s life was driven by his passions. An avid guitarist, Robert loved music and often serenaded his family with their favorite songs. Robert loved photography, capturing moments throughout his and his family’s lives that are cherished to this day. A jokester and a prankster, Robert lived for laughter. What began as teenaged mischief developed into a hilarious public speaker with several Toastmaster awards to his name. As a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Robert was passionate about his faith. Following his father’s tragic passing when he was only 16, a friend introduced Robert to the Church whose teachings brought him peace and guidance through a momentous period. He and Pandora, whom he met through the Church, raised their family in the LDS faith.
Ever an adventurer, Robert was an ardent outdoorsman. Nowhere was this more evident than in his passion for scouting. Robert began in scouting as a youth and progressed into a lifelong mission to lead and guide youth and adult leaders. An Eagle Scout himself, Robert led dozens of teens to earn the coveted Eagle Scout award, including 3 of his sons. Under his tutelage many of Robert’s Eagle Scouts went on to earn the Varsity Denali and Venturing Silver Awards, awards equivalent to the Eagle Scout in Varsity Scouts and Venturing Scouts. Robert’s natural gifts in leadership were desired by his colleagues, and he shared his gift by training adult leaders in the Boy Scout Fundamentals Course, Powder Horn, and Wood Badge. His years of service to the Boy Scouts and his community earned him the Silver Beaver Award in 2010.
Though Robert’s passions were numerous, they all culminated in his ultimate passion; his family. Robert was a loving brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather and he imparted his passions on each of his family members. Playing guitar and singing for his children made musicians out of many of his children, as well as established a list of songs that his family considers synonymous with Dad. ‘Snoopy vs. the Red Baron’, ‘Skinny Marinky Dinky Dink’, and ‘Camp Granada’ are just a few such songs. In chronicling his family’s life with decades of pictures, Robert motivated his daughters to develop their own passion for photography. Robert’s military service inspired 2 of his sons to join the Army and pursue their own military careers. Lastly, his love of scouting and the outdoors created a family that values nature and adventure. Robert’s love for rock climbing in particular inspired 1 son to establish ‘Gallo Ventures’ a rock-climbing gym with high adventure excursions. Whether it was a rock-climbing trip, skydiving, toasting the Thanksgiving/Christmas feast, or simply being there to talk to, Robert created innumerable lasting memories with each member of his family that they will treasure forever.
Robert is survived by his wife Pandora; their children Athena, Joseph, John, Joshua, Andrea, and James; their grandchildren Richard, Alexandra, Iris, Gavin, Cameron, Jacob, Nicholas, Jennifer, Gabriel, Elijah, Elliot, Phillip, and Isabella; and their great grandchild Jamey. He is also survived by his siblings Nancy, Jimmy, and Roy; and his Sisters-in-Law Yvette and Kristi.
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