GILLIS, Thomas 1918 – 2016 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas James Bernard Gillis on October 16, 2016 in his 99th year, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Born in Ottawa and raised in Renfrew, Tom worked in the Public Service of Canada for 37 years before retiring in the role of Assistant Deputy Minister. Tom spent retirement at his cottage on Lake Clear which was the place he loved most on earth and where, as a boy, he met the love of his life. He will be greatly missed by Ruth (nee Kiefl), his beloved wife of 71 years. Predeceased by his daughter Laurie McLeish (Rob), he will be lovingly remembered by his children Kevin (Sally), Mark (Valerie), Nancy Grills (Doug), Paul (Sandra), Stephen (Monique) and Tom. He will also be sadly missed by his grandchildren Carrie, Andy, Karla, Danny (Laura), Chelsea, Scott, Sarah (Tony), Michael (Tiffany), Jesse, Massimo, Thomas, Jonathan, Benoit, Zachary and Olivia; and his great-grandchildren Harlow, Sam and Gordon. He will be fondly remembered by his many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces. Heartfelt thanks are extended to the nurses and caregivers at Granite Ridge for their wonderful kindness, compassion and support. Friends may pay respects at Kelly Funeral Home – Kanata Chapel 580 Eagleson Rd. 613-591-6580 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. A Mass of Christian Burial for Tom will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Parish (1489 Shea Road) on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Interment at St. Francis Xavier Parish Cemetery (Renfrew). Memorial donations to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute are appreciated. Condolences and Sharing Memories at www.kellyfh.ca .
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