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Photo de John Alfred GILLIS
Fiche créée le : 2004-09-28
John Alfred GILLIS
Décès le : 2004-09-28
Parution : 2005-01-12
Paru dans : Salon Guenette, Kapukassing, ON

John Alfred Gillis , of Constance Lake - Date of Death: September 28th, 2004 - , 91, was held Oct. 2, 2004. He died Sept. 28 — a week before his 92nd birthday — following a lengthy illness. Born Oct. 5, 1912 in Fort Albany, he attended residential school in Chapleau, and prior to Constance Lake resided within the Mammamattawa-Pagwa areas. A clerk and translator for the Hudson Bay Co. in his early years, he was a trapper and later a bushcutter and CN labourer. Elder and longtime friend James Sutherland recalled that during religious services held at the old Constance Lake school, Mr. Gillis's voice stood out clearly. Described by family as a comical, witty and friendly person who saw life's lighter side, he enjoyed trapping, hunting, storytelling and Toronto Maple Leafs hockey. He had resided at the Foyer des Pionners Nursing Home since this past April. He was predeceased by first wife Emma (nee Taylor), second wife Grace (nee Iserhoff) Gillis in Hearst in 2001, infant daughters Dorothy and Jean, a daughter Theresa Vachon of Toronto in 2001, and sons Clarence in 1976 and Michael in 1961. He leaves a daughter Lottie (Hans) Heer of Prince George, B.C., and sons Eddy (Sandra) and John (Natalka), all of Edmonton, Larry (Caroline) of Caramat, Steven (Gladys) of Constance Lake, and Norman and Leslie (Doris) Gillis, all of Hearst. Also surviving are half brothers Gabriel of Hearst and George Gillis of Fort Albany, stepsister Annabelle Goulet of Moosonee, 23 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Rev. Douglas Richardson directed the service at St. Matthew's/St. Paul's Anglican United Church. Besides Mr. Sutherland, also speaking of the deceased during the service were former First Nation chief Raymond Ferris and Louisa Reuben in English.


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