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The Gallahers

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Story By rICA LEWIS | photoS By BrAndon AtWELL

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APRIL 2018

ich Gallaher was watching a Saturday afternoon
golf tournament when he heard the four
powerful words that sent him packing - "free
golf for life."
"The Villages was offering tours and I had to learn
more," he said.
His wife, Janet, however, had no desire to move. And
while Rich convinced her to take a lifestyle visit, she
vehemently reminded him she would not be sold.
"Her last words were, 'I will never live in Florida,'"
Rich said.
Amid the whirl of friendly faces, golf cart paths and
pristine parks and streets, Janet made a second bold
statement when they arrived in The Villages.
"I could live here," she said.
In 2011, the couple moved from North Carolina,
unpacking centuries of family heirlooms, trinkets and
treasures.
But they have left nothing behind. The Gallaher
home is rife with reminders, Janet said.
"We're from the era of hand-me-downs," she
said. "Parents and grandparents gave away antique
plates, cut glass and items that are just really special
reminders. I like to have these things around me -
they make me feel connected."
An avid shopper, Janet said her home is a mix of old
and new. Decorating with heart and Hobby Lobby are
equally important, she joked.
Upon moving to The Villages, Janet met a wonderful
friend just across the street.
"Franny is my soul sister," she said. "We have lots of
fun shopping together."
Janet describes her d├ęcor as "primitive and nostalgic."



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