It is with sadness that we, the family, regret to announce the passing of our beloved father, brother and grandfather, Edward Alphonsus Gillis, age 68, of Whitney Pier. He passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at home.
Born on April 30, 1949 in South Bar, Eddie was the son of the late Jimmy and Lucy (Digou) Gillis.
Eddie is survived by his daughters, Ann Williams (Brion), Ontario and Dawn Mombourquette (formerly Kent), Sydney; grandchildren, Corey, Brenden and Kristin Mombourquette, Sydney and Marlena, Kathleen, and Annelise Williams, Ontario; sisters, Deanie Bona and Emily Keough of Sydney and MaryAnn (Russell) White, Jackie (Wayne) Pinhorn, Helen McLennan and Mabel (Doug) Au Coin of South Bar; longtime friend, Catherine McLean and mother of his children, Sister Nichols.
Eddie started working at the steel plant at 17 years old, went to Vocational school for diesel mechanics, and then enjoyed retirement. Proud to be a South bar boy, he was known as a protector of his sisters. He was very old school, lived a quiet life after he retired and was an animal lover.
Eddie’s family would like to thank the employees of First class delivery because he used them so much and they would stay and talk to him after making their delivery. All the drivers were just absolutely amazing to him.
Visitation and funeral service to celebrate the life of Edward Alphonsus Gillis will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Saturday, April 7, 2018.
A gathering of family and friends will take place from 10-11 a.m. with service to follow at 11 a.m. in the All Faith Chapel with Fr. Paul McGillvray officiating. Light refreshments will be served in the funeral home reception area following the service. Interment will take place in St. Alphonsus Cemetery, Victoria Mines, NS.
Donations in memory of Eddie may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
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Our condolences go out to all the family on Eddie's passing, may god bless his soul. From the Schaump Family of South Bar
From: Marlene Miles
To my daughters. My heart breaks for you both on the death of your father. You both are in my prayers everyday especially through this terrible time Time while lighten your pain. Love Mom
So sorry to hear of your dads passing was a good man to us all over the years, thoughts are with you Ann and Dawn, love Derek and Alex
From: Derek Thompson(Porter)
Our deepest condolences to the Gillis family. We are unable to attend the wake or the funeral service however our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From: Rick and Sharon Preeper
To Eddies Family, so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. From Malcolm McIntyre and Staff of Scotia Chrysler
From: Malcolm Mcintyre
Ann, Dawn and Gillis Family-Dave and I send condolences to you all and keep you in our prayers, RIP Eddie
From: Sookie & Dave
God bless and may you rest in peace Eddie……heartfelt condolences to all his family and God bless once again…..
From: Larry(tete) Deveaux
My sincere condolences to Eddy's family on his passing away. May he rest in eternal peace. I am so sorry Emily because you were always there for him. God bless the family.
From: Jay Duguid
Sorry to read of Eddy's passing. My sincere condolences to the families and friends of Eddy. God Bless
From: Terry Crawley
Ann Margaret and Dawn Marie, Stewart and I are so sorry for your loss. May the memories of better days sustain you during this very difficult time, we love you both. To Eddie ?s sisters, our thoughts and prayers are with you too.
From: Barbara Zahara