Beloved North Texas Builder Dies From COVID-19 – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A beloved North Texas builder with large-scale construction projects under his belt including AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Field has died of COVID-19.

The new home of the Texas Rangers dubbed Foreman Abel Gallegos’ supervisor “The Heart of the Baseball Stadium”.

Gallegos left his mark on his family and Texas.

“He loved this country for all it has to offer,” said his son Jaime Gallegos.

His father immigrated to North Texas from Mexico in the 1970s.

Gallegos later became a U.S. citizen and rose through the ranks of the construction industry in North Texas.

He became a foreman’s supervisor in several large-scale constructions, from Kyle Field to the American Airlines Center and Globe Life Field, which hailed project managers, including Gallegos, as the “heart of the stadium.”

Gallegos helped build his pride and joy, the AT&T stadium, where a brick is named after him.

“He has the shovel that has cleared, so much he has accomplished in this stadium and he kept talking about it. It was his pride and his joy,” said his son.

The 64-year-old man contracted COVID-19 in mid-November according to the family.

At first he was reluctant to get tested, thinking it was the flu.

Gallegos’ condition worsened and he was hospitalized for two weeks.

The husband, father and grandfather died last Monday.

Gallegos was not vaccinated but had kept the virus at bay by wearing a mask and using hand sanitizer wherever he went, according to his son.

“One of the things he said, he couldn’t believe it was him, but it was because of his negligence. He let his guard down,” he said.

“It’s going to be a tough Christmas not having him here. He was our brick and mortar.”

Jim Cuddihee of Manhattan Construction spoke to NBC 5 about Gallegos, calling him, “A great man. Very humble, very caring about his family. Right behind, Abel was the best builder I have ever met in my career.”

The industry veteran was known for his dedication to his work and crew members as well as his positive attitude.

“There was nothing Abel couldn’t understand,” Cuddihee said. “No matter what you brought to Abel, he would find a way to do it and do it at a very high quality level.”

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