John R. Gillis

August 29, 1935 - November 19, 2018

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John Ronald Gillis

East Montpelier- With great sorrow, we announce the peaceful passing of John Ronald Gillis, “RJ”, 83, November 19, 2018. Born in Gillisdale, South West Margaree, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, August 29, 1935, the oldest of 9 children.

Surviving him are his loving wife of 61 years, Thelma Clark Gillis; 4 children MaryJo Lamell, Irene Cook, David (Kathy),and John (Jennifer); 10 grandchildren, John (Emina), James and Veronica Cook, Gina Chiodo-Cook (Mathieu), David Vilbrin, Katherine Lamell, Elizabeth and Emily, Samantha and Connor; 9 step-grandchildren Bethany Munn (James), Brandy Prindall (Nathanial), Bradley (Alissa), Barry and Brent (Lexi) Lamell, Berniece Smedley (Donny), Joel (Kimya), Keith, and Trevor Knecht; 4 great grandchildren, 24 step-great grandchildren,and 5 step-great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Jessie MacDougall, Anne Marie MacAdam (James), Peggy Hurley (George), Michael (Mary), Veronica, Rita MacClellan; 3 sister-in-laws, Sylvia Garletts, Donelda and Muriel; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins whom he cherished having in his life.

He was predeceased in life by his parents Duncan and Elizabeth Agnes “Aggie” Gillis; his in-laws Dwight and Irene Clark; 2 brothers Anthony and Richard; 3 brother-in-laws William MacDougall, Johnny MacClellan and Frank Garletts; and his cousin, Best Man at his wedding, James Gillis. Also by a grandson, James Ronald Lamell and a great grandson, whom he loved to sing and play ball with, Alexander James “AJ” Lamell-Henry. “Play ball, grampy.”

“S e Ceap Breatuinn tìr mo ghràidhe.” He left the land of his love when he had completed school in the early 50’s. Going on to work hard and provide for his family all of his life, establishing many great friendships. He was a big part in the lives of people in his community and with all of his extended family from Nova Scotia to Boston, Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Vermont. He was always there to help someone and to build something. He constructed many developments, buildings and houses while working in his own business, in southern Connecticut and Vermont. Prior to that, he worked as a road foreman for Defonce Construction building many of our “super highways” including I-95 and I-87, in New York State, Connecticut and Rhode Island. He is now in a better place, free from the binds of this world that were over taking his life with the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease. It is a disease which totally drains one’s being. Now he is free and at peace with our Lord Jesus Christ. Sing on and enjoy, enjoy the gaelic conversations that you loved having right up to the your last breath. His love will ring on forever in our hearts.

The family would like to thank the caring staff and support people at Woodridge Nursing facility where John was a resident for over the last year.

Calling hours will be at Guare and Sons Funeral home in Montpelier, VT, from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Monica’s, in Barre, VT, at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, November 28. The funeral procession will proceed to Green Mount Cemetery in Montpelier for burial. Family and friends are then invited to a luncheon gathering at the Old Brick Church community room in East Montpelier Village.

Plans for a Celebration of Life in Nichols, Connecticut will be announced at a later date.

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