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Memorial for Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary employee set for Sunday

INDIAN SHORES — A beach memorial for longtime Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary employee Tara L. Gallagher is set for Sunday.

Ms. Gallagher, 47, died Aug. 31 after being hospitalized for 11 days, authorities said. The memorial begins at 6 p.m. on the beach deck of the sanctuary at 18328 Gulf Blvd.

Friends will play guitars and sing songs in remembrance of Ms. Gallagher, who was the sanctuary's special projects coordinator. She worked at the nonprofit wild bird hospital for 13 years.

"That was one of her favorite places," spokeswoman Michelle Glean Simoneau said of the beach deck. "You can sit there and watch the sun go down and watch the birds come in."

Ms. Gallagher wrote for the sanctuary's newsletter, helped manage events and set up the educational center.

She was taken to Bayfront Medical Center on Aug. 20, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. That was the day deputies said she was found injured and disoriented in the parking lot of the Madeira Beach Yacht Club at 210 Medallion Blvd. The club's staff brought her inside and called 911.

The first report that deputies received was that she may have been involved in a battery. The Sheriff's Office said it no longer thinks that is the case, but its investigation is not yet done.

Simoneau said sanctuary personnel were told that Ms. Gallagher may have been hurt after falling down some stairs and may have suffered a severe head wound. Ms. Gallagher died Aug. 31 at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. The medical examiner said it has not yet determined a cause of death.

Memorial for Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary employee set for Sunday 09/08/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 9:51pm]
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