Henry G. Gallina (1913 - 1996) was literally born, raised and lived all of his life in the Bridgeville area. The third of six children from Italian immigrant parents Henry, or "Chick" as he was called by relatives & friends, showed an entrepreneurial spirit from an early age. Henry began his business career at the age of 8 by selling newspapers to the passengers on the commuter trains that often stopped at the Bridgeville train station on their ride from Pittsburgh to Washington, PA.
After high school Henry worked as an Allegheny County police officer assigned to Woodville State Hospital here in Collier Twp. when he was drafted for military service during WW II. After 3 years in the military serving in the Army medical core, Henry enrolled in medical school at the University of Buffalo. Realizing quickly that the study of medicine was not for him, Henry returned to the Bridgeville area with a new job as a traveling pharmaceutical salesman while attending the University of Pittsburgh studying for a BS degree in Business Administration. His sales territory took him to Punxsutawney, PA where he met his wife to be Mary Hamilton who at the time was the office manager for a prominent local physician. Henry and Mary were married after Henry's graduation and set up life in the Bridgeville area.
Unhappy with all of the travel demands of his current job, Henry and Mary started the Henry G. Gallina Insurance Agency in 1948 as a Farm Bureau agent located at 623 Washington Avenue here in Bridgeville; Henry as the salesman supported by his wife Mary as the office manager. Since then their company has grown to be a full service independent insurance agency serving the personal insurance needs of thousands of individuals and families in Allegheny County and adjacent areas. Their agency also helps hundreds of businesses in Western Pennsylvania with well-designed commercial insurance programs; specializing in the unique insurance needs of condominium & homeowner associations, co-operatives, and apartment communities. Today, Gallina and Sons is now owned by Henry's son Bill, the salesman supported by Bill's wife Beth, the office manager. I think there may be a pattern developing here.