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

A beloved North Texas builder whose high-profile construction projects under his time included AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Field died of COVID-19.

‘s new house The Texas Rangers dubbed supervisory superintendent Abel Gallegos the ‘Heart of the Ballpark’.

Gallegos left his mark on his family and Texas.

“He loves 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 joined the ranks of the construction industry in North Texas.

He has served as a managing supervisor on a number of high-profile projects from Kyle Field to the American Airlines Center and Globe Life Field, which hailed project leaders including Gallegos as the “Heart of Ballpark.”

Gallegos had a hand in building his pride and joy, AT&T Stadium, where a brick bears his name.

“He had the shovel that made the earthquake, so much that he accomplished from that stadium and he continues to talk about it. It’s his pride and joy,” his son said. his said.

According to his family, the 64-year-old contracted COVID-19 in mid-November.

At first he was reluctant to get tested because he thought it was the flu.

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

The husband, father and grandfather passed away last Monday.

Gallegos was unvaccinated but 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 was him, but that was because of his carelessness. He caught his guard,” he said.

“It would be a tough Christmas without him here. He’s our brick and mortar.”

Manhattan Construction’s Jim Cuddihee spoke to NBC 5 about Gallegos, calling him “A wonderful man. Very humble, very concerned with his family. Soon, Abel was the best builder I ever had. ever in my career.”

Industry veterans known for their dedication to their jobs and crew members as well as a ‘do it’ attitude.

“There’s nothing Abel can’t figure out,” Cuddihee said. “No matter what you bring to Abel, he will find a way to get it done and finish it at a very high level of quality.”

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/beloved-north-texas-builder-dies-of-covid-19-2/2843029/ Beloved North Texas Builder Dies of COVID-19 – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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