GIL­LIS, Art

Do­min­ion

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries -

It is with pro­found sad­ness that we the fam­ily an­nounce the death of our father, Art Gil­lis, at the age of 89, sur­rounded by his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. Da passed away at home on July 29, 2017 af­ter a lengthy stay in hospi­tal.

Born in Dart­mouth, Da spent his for­ma­tive years in In­ver­ness un­til 15 years of age, when he moved to Do­min­ion to be­gin a long ca­reer as a coal miner. Un­til his pass­ing, Da al­ways proudly re­ferred him­self as an In­ver­nesser. At the age of 17 years, he left the mines to serve our coun­try as a proud mem­ber of the 1st Bat­tal­ion Black Watch. Af­ter the war, Da re­turned to his job in the coal mines where he re­mained for 46 years. It was dur­ing the post war years that he met and mar­ried the love of his life, Ge­orgie MacSween in 1956. To­gether they raised six chil­dren and made a home in Do­min­ion where they, as a fam­ily re­mained com­mu­nity vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers.

Da was elected to town coun­cil in 1975 and served as Deputy Mayor un­der the late Mayor and friend Art MacDonald. He chaired the in­au­gu­ral Cel­e­bra­tion by the Sea which evolved into Sea­side Daze. For his ef­forts Da was awarded with Cit­i­zen of the Year for the town of Do­min­ion in 1981.

He was a proud mem­ber of the Do­min­ion Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment, St. Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety, St. Eu­gene’s Build­ing Com­mit­tee, Branch 3 Le­gion, and lec­tor of St. Eu­gene’s Parish and a parish coun­cil mem­ber.

Da was al­ways will­ing to ex­tend a help­ing hand to any­one in need. One of his great­est plea­sures was to spend time on Do­min­ion Beach where he be­came a com­mon fix­ture to those trav­el­ling the board­walk.

By his ad­mis­sion, Da’s great­est ac­com­plish­ment was his fam­ily. He was most happy when the crowd would ar­rive at the house and spend time telling old sto­ries, shar­ing a meal and re­fresh­ments.

Art is sur­vived by his chil­dren, Paula (Al­lan), Fred (Joanne), Carol (Dar­ren), Arthur (Rose­mary), Terry (Donna) and Bernie (Cathy). He is also sur­vived by his grand­chil­dren, Gil­lies, Nicole (Micke), Re­becca, Brett, Morgan, Liam, Con­nor, Ge­or­gia, Kailin, Cassie, Anna and Da­van, and his great grand­chil­dren, Alexan­dria and Jensen.

He was pre­de­ceased by his wife, Ge­orgie, and brother, Ge­orge Larder.

Visi­ta­tion will be held Thurs­day, Au­gust 3, 2017 from 3-7 p.m. at the T.J. Tracey Cre­ma­tion and Burial Spe­cial­ists, 370 Re­serve St., Glace Bay, 902849-4199. Funeral ser­vice will be take place at 11 a.m. Fri­day Au­gust 4, 2017 at Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Church, Bridge­port with Father Daniel Boudreau of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment to follow in St. Eu­gene’s Parish Ceme­tery.

Ex­pres­sion of sym­pa­thy may be made to the fam­ily by vis­it­ing www.tj­tracey.com.

On be­half of our father, we would like to ex­tend special thanks to Dr. Reg­gie Se­bas­tian, staff of Unit 4B of the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospi­tal, Cape Care staff, De­part­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs, and con­tin­u­ing care. Special thanks is ex­tended to his “bud­dies” Car­rie Ellsworth and Sylvia Facchin for their love and sup­port they dis­played dur­ing Da’s fi­nal months.

“Rest in Peace.”

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