OBITUARY

David Michael Gillis

December 11, 1955October 17, 2018
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GILLIS, David Michael – 62, of Dartmouth passed away peacefully at home. Born in Sydney, NS he was the son of the late Daniel and Kathleen Gillis. He was retired from Canada Post after 23 years of service. Growing up in Sydney he was a member of the Sydney Police Boys Club and went on to become a Leader. There he met many of his close lifelong friends. He was a member of The Church of the Sacred Heart in Sydney and served as an alter boy and choir member. He graduated from Sydney Academy '74 and went on to U.C.C.B. He was a carpenter who enjoyed the fine details of his craft and took great pride in his work. He was a free spirit who liked doing things his way living life to the fullest. He loved travelling especially on his motorcycle exploring North America taking the roads less travelled and his annual trip around the Cabot Trail. He loved adventure and enjoyed being surrounded by nature, hiking and camping. He loved his family and friends very much and being with them especially summers at the cottage and Birthday dinners. He is much loved and greatly missed. He will live in our hearts forever. He is survived by his wife Christine (Raftus), three step-sons, Vincent, Scott (Shana), Stephen (Amy), six grandchildren, six sisters, Warna (Bill), Patricia (Len), Eileen (Jamie), June (Shane), Kathleen (Rick), Pauline (Art), brother, Douglas, grandchildren, Jessica, Ashlyn, Jaelynn, Mya. Ivy, Brody, many nieces and nephews, great nephews and a great niece. He was predeceased by brother, Daniel “Dan”. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-9pm on Tuesday, October 23, with a Celebration of Life service at 11 am on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 both in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home. Burial in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. The family would like to thank all the wonderful Doctors and Nurses on II Victoria and especially to the wonderful Nurses of the VON for all their care and support. To leave a condolence or read the full obituary please go to: www.mattatallfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, October 23, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, October 23, 2018
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, October 24, 2018
REMEMBERING

David Michael Gillis

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Vern & Jane Haverstock

October 28, 2018

Our sincerest condolences in the passing of your brother.

Elizabeth Gillis

October 25, 2018

To all the Gillis Family.
My sincere condolences on the loss of your dear brother David. I know your hearts must be broken. David was a lovely person and great brother to all of you.He was always very nice to me whenever I saw him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you All.
Love Betty

debbie morrison

October 25, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family of Dave. He was well raised and had a beautiful set of parents and sisters and brothers and always had a smile for everyone.

debbie morrison

October 25, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family of Dave. He was well raised and had a beautiful set of parents and sisters and brothers and always had a smile for everyone.

Kate Addison

October 23, 2018

David was such a great uncle, and I'm really going to miss him. I have a lot of good memories of spending summers at the cottage, which David put so much work into. He was always kind to us, "the kids"; I remember when he gave us all rides on his motorcycle, but refused to drive faster than about 10 km because he said our mothers would give him hell.

Christine, I'm so sorry for your loss, and I want you to know that my thoughts are with you even though I couldn't make it to the ceremony. I hope you feel surrounded by love and family during this hard time.

Sandra Lambert

October 23, 2018

David's Family Please accept my deepest sympathy on your great loss.I'm unable to attend David's celebration of life but know that I am with you all in spirit.David and I haven't seen each other since we were small but we share the special bond of being first cousins.My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.Sending lots of love your way ,your cousin,Sandra

Diana Purcell

October 22, 2018

Christine and family I’m so saddened for you lose although you don’t know me only met you both through Scott and Shanna, when they had get togethers for the girls parties. I’m deeply sadden and give you all my deepest heartfelt condolences. You now have a beautiful angle watching over you all. My David Rest In Peace. Diana Purcell ♥️

Walter Cruickshank

October 22, 2018

Walter Cruickshank

October 22, 2018

Tony MacLellan

October 21, 2018

David's Family ... I am saddened to have read of David's passing. Although it has been many years since we have seen each other i remember spending many days making the walk to and from school with David and many earlier memories at The Police Boys Club as well. Doug - it is a great photo of the two of you on the couch and how I remember you both . Again sorry to hear about your loss. Tony