He came from humble beginnings to become a major business force in East Texas. Former Longview mayor and war hero Lou Galosy died on Tuesday. The son of Hungarian immigrants, Galosy went on to become a giant in East Texas business.
"I remember Lou as the consummate gentleman. He was a tremendous business person; he was a great friend to many people," said longtime family friend Bruce Cammack.
"A lot of the direction we have today in Longview is because of Lou Galosy's leadership when he was mayor," said Gregg county judge Bill Stoudt.
Galosy was said to be always smiling and always immaculately dressed.
"He had well over 150 pair of cuff links," Cammack says laughingly.
A navy fighter pilot in World War Two and Korea, he was a staunch patriot.
"I always remember him driving around Longview in his station wagon with the American flag flying from the back of the car," says Cammack.
Paul French was a longtime friend who knew how much Galosy meant to him and everyone he came in contact with.
"He was a one-in-a-million type. We all loved him and we're going to miss him. The city of Longview is going to miss him, the businesses are going to miss him. East Texas is going to miss him," French says.
Galosy was the driving force behind the new Longview library, served as mayor from 1985-to-91, and was instrumental in founding Good Shepherd hospital. But friends say his greatest joy came in helping others.
"He was sincere; he meant it when he said can I help you, that wasn't for the purpose of working for his bank that was for can he help you. He lived his life that way," says French.
Even friends say it's hard to know just how many people Lou helped in his lifetime. Many will always look at him as a true East Texas treasure.
"We're definitely poorer, but we're richer for him having been here," Cammack says.
Lou Galosy was 89. At Lou's request, because he did not want a big funeral, a small family service is being planned through Rader funeral home.
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