Obituary of Brian Garfield Gillis
We are deeply saddened to share the passing of our beloved husband, father and brother Brian Garfield Gillis on August 17th, 2022, surrounded by those he dearly loved and who cherished him.
Brian was the eldest son of Gerald and Jessie (Beeson) Gillis born on December 4,1955. He grew up in the small community of Aberdeen, Cape Breton; a place that continued to hold a special place in his heart. In his younger years he took advantage of all the things rural Cape Breton had to offer: enjoying hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, time with family and friends. In later years after moving to Abercrombie, he continued to visit frequently, enjoying time with his parents and working together with his father doing auto body work.
Following graduation from High School, Brian went on to Dalhousie University where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology and then further studies in South Carolina in preparation for his career with Michelin Canada lasting 35 years until his retirement in 2015. He always enjoyed his work, especially valuing the many long lasting friendships he acquired during his time there that remain until this day.
Brian was very blessed by the love of his devoted wife Louise (MacEachern) of 33 years and 3 beautiful daughters he was so very proud of; Natalie (Tyler) Ross, Sutherlands River, Ashley (James) Rathbun, Bedford and Erin (Brent Turnbull) Gillis, Grande Prairie Alberta. His girls each carry the best qualities of him forward and know he will continue to watch over them.
Brian was a committed member and volunteer firefighter with Abercrombie Fire Department where he thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of the fellow members. He held a position on the executive there for many years. He was also a member of First Presbyterian Church and volunteered with Meals on Wheels. Brian spent many hours in his garage, working on one project or another. Most importantly, making himself available to lend a listening ear or helping hand to anyone in need. He always enjoyed his chats with his neighbors from Ash Lane. Brian will be remembered for his generosity, kind heart, and sense of humour.
Brian is survived by siblings Kerry (Sandra) Gillis, Fletchers Lake, Geraldine (Gary) MacKenzie, Aberdeen, and Sally (William) MacLean, Fall River; sister in-law Lynn Layes, Halifax, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by brother Robert in infancy, his in-laws Dan and Anna MacEachern, brothers in-law David and Ian MacEachern, and Andre Layes along with other special loved ones.
Visitation to be held at P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow on Saturday, August 20th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral service will be Sunday, August 21st at First Presbyterian Church, New Glasgow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Andrew MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow at Abercrombie Cemetery. Masks are encouraged by family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Abercrombie Fire Department or the Aberdeen Health Foundation Palliative Care Unit Endowment.
Special thanks to the doctors at Westville Medical Clinic and Palliative Care. Also, to the staff of 4 South and the Palliative Care Unit for their exceptional care.
Lovingly written by family.