Obituaries: Andrew Martin Galleni

  • by BAR staff
  • Wednesday February 15, 2023
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Andrew Martin Galleni. Photo: Gaku Shiroma
Andrew Martin Galleni. Photo: Gaku Shiroma

May 5, 1968 — February 10, 2023

Sundance Saloon dancing fixture and former SF Movie Bears coordinator Andrew Martin Galleni, 54, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2023 after a year-and-a-half bout with cancer.

He is survived by his mother, Susan Jo Knedel Galleni; sister, Andrea Marie Galleni; and his adorable kitty, Zelda, on whom he bestowed the honorific "Her Fluffiness."

Born in San Francisco in 1968, Drew spent his early years in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, and was raised in Berkeley, California. He was a graduate of Berkeley High School and received a B.S. in geology at UC Davis.

He was an active figure who enjoyed walking and hiking and preferred bicycling over driving. Among his creature comforts were gardening, cooking, playing music, and singing. He was a member of the Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus in the East Bay (1996-2003) and Creative Voices (2003-08). He also sang in the Colla Voce choir.

Drew was an Italophile who embraced his Italian background. In 1995, he spent several months exploring big cities in northern Italy.

A detailed account of his life appears on his Facebook page, and memorial service plans will be posted there soon.

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