- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Senate doorkeeper Tony Gallo has died after battling brain cancer. He was 79.

Senate President Bill Cole said Gallo died Tuesday at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston.

The Charleston resident was appointed acting Senate doorkeeper in January 2010. He was elected doorkeeper in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

He served as director of Parks and Recreation and director of the Parking System for the city of Charleston. He was director of the Charleston Distance Run.

The Holden native graduated from Morris Harvey College, now the University of Charleston.

Gallo served in the Army from 1959 to 1962.

Cole said Gallo managed the chamber with a firm hand and a warm smile, and will be missed.

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