Todd Galley’s passion for helping people at any cost, literally, left an everlasting impression on just about everyone who knew him.
Born on November 27, 1971, he died on Friday March 18, 2022. He was 50 years old.
The Taylor resident owned the family chiropractor Todd Galley in Lincoln Park, where he and his family lived for many years.
It was there that the chiropractor showed he had what many describe as a heart of gold.
He was willing to put service to his clients before the cost of health care.
His style of practice is almost unparalleled in the industry or in any area of health care.
Mr. Galley has become known for operating his business on the principle of what you can afford.
He never charged for his services.
Her clients put what they could afford in an envelope and dropped it off anonymously at her clinic.
Trish Wehner, a family friend and patient for many years, spoke on behalf of Mr. Galley’s family and their generosity.
“I believed in his way of doing things,” Wehner said. “He maintained this pay system for years. When he was in, he was full. No one else will do business like this.
Wehner said the atmosphere in his office matched his family personality, noting that there was a cat and a dog running around the office most of the time and a few grandchildren here and there.
Kelly Galley, his wife, is a well-known artist and Wehner said her murals on the walls make the place inviting.
One of the many things clients admired about him was his acceptance of all people and the effort he would make to ensure their quality of life.
When Mr. Galley wanted to be able to communicate better with his Hispanic patients, he started learning to speak Spanish.
“I couldn’t believe how fast he picked it up,” Wehner said. “He made everyone a family.”
He didn’t like the fact that people had to fill out so much paperwork for treatment and never felt financial pressure to change the way he operated.
Mr Galley is known to have told people when they asked about his pricing system that it always seemed to work and that he believed the Lord would find a way.
Along with his beloved business, Mr. Galley was also a visible fixture in the community.
His service to the Lincoln Park community was just as admirable as his generosity to Lincoln Park Mayor Thomas Karnes.
One of the many things he appreciated about Mr. Galley was his personal mark he left during Lincoln Park Days and his valuable role in the city as a member of the Downtown Development Authority.
The mayor said Mr Galley had been with the DDA for several years before leaving the post.
He said Mr Galley was one of his earliest supporters and when he needed to help revitalize the DDA he knew who to turn to.
“I convinced him to come back,” the mayor said. “He had a very sensible approach to what he was doing. It wasn’t unusual to see him in a sleeveless shirt and shorts to work.
In the early years, Mr. Galley was known for having his worktable on a stand during Lincoln Park Days, and with his wife there with his paintings adding his artistic flair.
“He was a big part of Lincoln Park Days,” Karnes said. “He just had a good heart and a good soul. He was always stepping in and taking care of people. … He was relaxing and he had a nice smile and a twinkle in his eye.
In a statement from his family, it was pointed out that Mr. Galley’s policy of paying for services has opened the door for many people to experience chiropractic care when it would otherwise have been out of reach.
Along with his wife, he is survived by his daughters Monique and RaeAnna; sons Jaicen and Jaymie; his father, Donald Galley; one brother, Timothy Galley; and grandchildren Ladon, Maicen, Ruthie, Layla, Logan and Finny. He is predeceased by his mother, Cynthia Ruth.
A memorial gathering will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on March 26 at Solosy Funeral Home, 3206 Fort St., Lincoln Park.