Worked in the technical and
management fields of the telecommunications industry
with postings to various Maritime
centers as well as St. John’s, Montreal, Toronto,
and internationally for 15 years
in Tanzania, East Africa.
Obituary - Avis de
William James "Bill" Gillis
1929 - 2016
James “Bill” Gillis, 87, of Moncton, with his loving family at his side,
passed away peacefully at The Moncton Hospital on Monday, December 26, 2016.
Born in Campbellton, NB, he was the eldest son of the late William James and
Mary (Haley) Gillis.
His lifetime career was in the technical and
management fields of the telecommunications industry with postings to
various Maritime centers as well as St. John’s, Montreal, Toronto, and
internationally for 15 years in Tanzania, East Africa.
Throughout his life he was active in the Amateur Radio
Service, holding station license VE1WG since 1946, VE3WG in Ontario, and
5H3WG in Tanzania. He served two terms as President of the Moncton Area
Amateur Radio Club where he also conducted license qualifying instruction
and edited the Club monthly newsletter. He was a member of the Montreal
Amateur Radio Club, the Oakville ON Radio Club and in the national
organization served as Regional Director (Maritimes) and national President.
He had been an active member of the Beausejour Curling Club and the Beaver
His many accomplishments included playing piano, woodworking, genealogical
research and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Bill was well read, and enjoyed
writing about many historical events that he researched very thoroughly. He
most enjoyed welcoming friends and family to his home of 54 years in
Harrisville, (especially the Thursday lunch crowd), and helping his many
grandchildren with their projects in his shop whenever he could. He also
took great pride in his participation to influence the naming of Harrisville
Bill will be sadly missed by his devoted wife of 65 years, Patricia “Pat”
(Picot); his cherished children, Diane Prosser (Eric), Donald Gillis
(Kathy), Daniel Gillis (Timmie), Kathie Blomsma (Paul), Patti Trites (Steve)
and Michael Gillis (Janet), all of Moncton and Peter Gillis (Trina) of
Leduc, AB; his adored grandchildren, Derek Prosser, Jeff Prosser (Mariel),
Audrey Cochrane (Matt), Laura Frost (Brady), William Gillis, Jessica Gillis
(Luc Doiron), Jim Gillis (Manon Boudreau), Kristi Hughes (Tyler), Andrew
Trites (Sarah), Ben Trites, Jordan Gillis (Samantha Scribner), Tommy Gillis,
Katie Gillis, Shanna Gillis; his precious great–grandchildren, Marissa
Prosser, Molly Cochrane, Ruby Cochrane, James Frost, Mary Frost, five day
old Liam Gillis and soon arriving Amelia Hughes; his brothers, Robert Gillis
(late Janice 1999) and Ralph Gillis (Alice Marie); God–daughter, Patsy
Burton; sisters–in–law, Claudette Picot (Don) and Jeannine Cochrane (late
Bill 2015); brother–in–law, Jules Picot (Carol); several loving nieces,
nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Mary Elizabeth
Gillis (2016) and his beloved great–granddaughter, Hailey Amelia Hughes
Visitation at Fergusons Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858–1995)
on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. A Service to celebrate
and honor Bill’s life will be held at Fergusons Funeral Home Chapel on
Friday, December 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm, with Rev. Charles Broderick presiding.
Reception in the Funeral Home Reception Centre following the service.
Interment will be following the service at Lakeside Cemetery, Lakeville,
In memory of Bill, donations to a memorial of the donor’s choice would be
appreciated by the family.