The Most Rev. Bishop Joseph Edward Gallant, D.D., 76, of Fort Lauderdale, passed away on June 30.

A Celebration of Joe’s Life will be held on July 30 at 1 p.m. at Holy Angels National Catholic Church, 1436 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors, FL 33305. All are welcome. For those unable to attend in person, you can join on Zoom at Meeting #89920544651. Password: 643349.

Joe was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Edward Joseph Gallant and Olive Mae Sparkes on May 28, 1946. He was a person of many talents and owned numerous businesses, including Gallant Interiors on Wilton Manors Drive. Joe was appointed as the general manager of the Wicks & Wax Candle Emporium in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors.

Joe’s hobbies included gardening, writing and singing. He was a regular at karaoke at Chardee’s and other Wilton Manors bars. He was extremely active in the gay community in both Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale. In the 1990s, Joe wrote a column published by Scoop Magazine titled “My Town.” He always ended his column writing, “That’s this week for My Town. ‘Til next week, be safe, be proud and be sure to tell ‘em ‘Joe sent me.’”

Joe was an original founder of Holy Angels National Catholic Church in Wilton Manors, and the proudest moment in his religious calling was when he was ordained Bishop by the Most Rev. Sean Alexander, D.D., O.S.B., on July 19, 2014.

Joe was committed to Alcoholics Anonymous when his own alcohol consumption stopped in March 1992. He was an active member of the gay sober community and regularly attended the “Lunch Brunch” at Lambda Clubhouse.