Nancy Galkowski

Nancy T. (Kane) Galkowski, a longtime former deputy town manager in Arlington, died Friday, Feb. 15, of pancreatic cancer. She was 58.

She was the town manager of Holden, where she was born and reared. She was appointed to the position in 2010, the year she left Arlington.

A funeral notice from Miles in Holden said she died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family.

Alan McClennen Jr., the town's planning director from 1974 to 2003, worked with Galkowski for many years.

"Nancy was the number cruncher behind Don Marquis," the town manager from 1966 to 2000. "Nancy worked tirelessly to analyze town finances, find the options and give Don the material he needed to take the public stands he was so famous for.

"Nancy was also full of fun and friendship. For several years she organized the Department Heads ski team. Each Thursday we would drive out to Mt Wachussett and do night skiing. What a great way to unwind! She will be missed."

Galkowski began her professional career in the Town of Holden as a planning and research assistant in 1977 and as assistant to the town manager in 1982. After graduating from the Fels Center of Government, she became the assistant to Marquis in the 1980s, then acting town manager after Marquis retired in 2000 and deputy town manager.

The funeral notice describes Galkowski as "a consummate leader with a strong passion for her profession. She was widely admired and respected by her peers and those who came in contact with her. Their ongoing support was a great comfort to her over the last several months."

She was a member and vice president of the International City/County Management Association, member and former president of the Massachusetts Municipal Management Association, member of the Local Government Advisory Council, Mass. Minority Internship Advisory Board, Mass. Water Resources Authority Board, and the Hazardous Waste Facility Site Safety Council.

"Nancy brought love and laughter to every occasion," the notice said. "The most cherished to her was when she was spending time with her family and friends -- whether hiking a trail, skiing, traveling, sitting around the table on holidays or enjoying the beach in Maine."

She was a graduate of Wachusett Regional High School, received her bachelor of arts from the University of Vermont at Burlington and her master of government administration from the Fels Center of Government, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Lawrence H. Galkowski; two sons, Christopher T. and Alexander J. Galkowski, both of Holden; her brother Richard B. Kane of Peterborough, N.H.; her sister, Tracy V. Wells, and her husband, James, of Holden; her stepmother Alison (Sonny) Johnston of Hampton, N.H.; nephews and nieces, Adam G. Kane of Peterborough, N.H., Korin G. Kane of Paris, France, Ashley E. Wells of Worcester and Tyler J. Wells of Charlotte, N.C.; and many close friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Nancy's family from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in the Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at St. Mary’s Church, 114 Princeton St., Jefferson.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to MMMA, Nancy Galkowski Legacy Leadership Fund, One Winthrop Square, Boston, MA 02110. To share a memory or leave an online condolence visit here >>

This story was published Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, and updated two days later.