Gillies, A. John

Gillies, A. John

October 31st, 2017

Passed peacefully on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at the age of 97. Beloved husband of the late Merle Worthy Gillies (2007). Predeceased by seven brothers and one sister. Survived by his step-son, Robert Worthy (Marilyn) and step-daughter, Barb Hull; six grandchildren: Kevin, Karen, Jeff, Sherry, Greg and Jennifer; 13 great-grandchildren: John, Jamie, Andy, Ryan, Sarah, Rebecca, Robbie, Tamia, Brittany, Aidan, Sean, McKenzie and Emily; and many nieces and nephews. John graduated with 2 MBA’s, one from Scotland and the other from University of Windsor. He taught English at W.D. Lowe, Windsor and A.B. Lucas, London, and was later appointed Superintendent of Schools in Windsor. John and Merle enjoyed travelling extensively, first with a trailer, and then taking tours and cruises. He was an honourary member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club. Visitation will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London on Thursday from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at Oakridge Presbyterian Church, 970 Oxford Street West, on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of John are asked to consider the Alzheimer Society of London & Middlesex. The family wishes to thank the staff of Horizon Place Retirement Residence for their exceptional care for over 10 years.

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Shirley CobbanTo the Family of John: Our deepest sympathy in your loss of a kind Christian gentleman. We know you will cherish all your previous memories. Blessings. Shirley and Tom Cobban O.P.C.
Jim. And Betty BlairOur condolences to John's family here in Canada and extended family in Scotland and New Zealand. An honest man herer lies at rest Aa e'er God with his image blest, The friend of man, the friend of truth, The friend of age and guide of youth. (Robert Burns)
Nancy DillaboughIt was with sadden heart that I read the passing of John. John was a customers of ours for many years before he moved into Horizon Pl. Though it has been years since I have talked to him, seeing his picture brought back such good memories. I always enjoyed talking with him. He was such a good man with a good sense of humour. Ken John and I offier our condolences to you and yours Nancy Evergreen Irrigation
Colette Blair and Nigel KingsmoreJohn was such a wonderful person that will be sorely missed. I will always picture him with his larger than life smile and hear his infectious laugh. A true gentleman that embodied style, wit and charm.
Derek BlairI can simply recall one of the first times I met John. Playing golf with him at Thames Valley golf club with my father, Jim Blair.. about 10 years ago. Soon after his 90th birthday. He hit the ball straighter than any of us. And probably scored better! Such an inspiration. I also fondly remember him playing with my iPhone in the clubhouse after the round.. When they were new. He was fascinated. By the technology and possibility. Made an indelible impression on me. To never stop learning and never get too set in our ways. I know my father had a far deeper relationship with this remarkable man.. So glad he was part of my family's life!
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