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NEW YORK — Johnny Galliher, a dapper man-about-town, died over the weekend of pancreatic cancer. He was 88.

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Galliher, who’d lived at various times in New York, London, Paris and Los Angeles, lent his arm to some of this city’s chicest women for five decades.

Affable, endlessly engaging — and always cutting a trim, well-dressed figure thanks to his good taste and a daily swim — Galliher was close to such social fixtures as Beatrice Patiño, Chessy Rayner and Nan Kempner. And Galliher, who once called himself and his friends “the last of the Mohicans,” could always be found at Pat Buckley’s Tuesday night gin game.

“I have lost one of my closest friends,” Buckley said Monday from her Connecticut home.

Though there will be no funeral or memorial service, Buckley said she might plan a small gathering at home to remember him. “This is the way he wanted it.”

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