OBITUARY

Mark Thomas Gillis

5 July , 195717 January , 2019

Of Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is with infinite sadness that we announce the sudden passing of son and brother, Mark Thomas Gillis, on January 17, 2019, of natural causes, at his home in Halifax. Mark was born in Rochester, Minnesota, on July 5, 1957, to Daniel Alexander Gillis and the late Rose Marie (Langley) Gillis. He inherited a fierce sense of independence from his mother (at times to her chagrin) and a dry, self-deprecating sense of humour from his father (much to his joy). Both served him well. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Saint Mary’s University and spent much of his career with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. As a young man, Mark loved adventure and travel which resulted in such exploits as backpacking across Australia and Thailand. He was a born storyteller who could (and did) bring tears of laughter with stories of his escapades. He was predeceased by his mother, Rosie, whom he loved dearly. While he chose to walk unaccompanied through his life, he will be deeply missed by his father, Alex (Judy); brothers, Sandy (Pat) and Colin (Jane); sisters, Jane (David) and Lorna (Ken); nephew ,Spencer (Victoria) and nieces, Robyn (Matthew) and Erica (Jason). In keeping with Mark’s lifelong embrace of stoicism, there will be no service. In his memory, show a kindness to another, be good to your family, and raise a glass to life. Rest in peace Mark.

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James Lambie

29 January 2019

Dr. Alex Gillis and Family,

Our thoughts and our prayers are with you all at this most stressful time. God Bless.

Jim and Sandra Lambie

Philip Bagnell

28 January 2019

Alex and Judy,
So sorry to hear of the death of your son, Mark. Heather and I send condolences to your entire family. Our thoughts are with you as we reflect on the love expressed in Mark's beautiful obituary.
Phil

Andrew Lynk

28 January 2019

Dear Alex,

On behalf of the entire IWK Department of Pediatrics, may we express our heartfelt sadness upon hearing of Mark's passing. I had the pleasure of playing football with Mark when we were younger, and he was tough and nimble and kind like his old man.

Your family will be in our hearts and prayers.

Andrew Lynk

Donna Richards

28 January 2019

Dr. Gillis,
I was so sorry to learn of your Son, Mark's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you each cope with your loss in your own way.
With Sincere Sympathy and Caring Thoughts
Donna

Kerry (Houlihan) Latham

28 January 2019

Sending my sincerest condolences to the entire Gillis family. Although I hadn't seen Mark in many years, the news of his passing was both shocking and saddening. Mark was a big part of my life during our St. Mary's years and I have countless wonderful memories of him. He was always up for a party and we never failed to have a good time and a laugh when he was around! Thinking of Mark and sending heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.

Curtis & Glenda Langley

27 January 2019

Alex. Sorry to read of Mark's death. Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.

Mike and Joyce Giacomantonio

27 January 2019

To all of Mark’s family, please accept our sincerest heartfelt condolences. The beautifully written obituary was heartbreaking.

Ann Smith-Vieira

27 January 2019

To Dr. Gillis, Jane, Sandy, Colin, Lorna and families...I’m so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. Although I hadn’t seen him in some time I remember Mark as a sweet and funny guy. I can recall parties, camping trips and weekends at Haliburtons island with fond memories. Please know that you are all in my thoughts at this very difficult time.

Agnes Lawson

27 January 2019

Dear Alex
Expressing my sincere condolences on your great loss. Thinking of you during this very difficult time.
Agnes (Gillis) Lawson

Tom langley

27 January 2019

To Alex & Judy, Jane & David, Sandy & Pat, Colin & Jane, Lorna & Ken, Marius & I join your grieving from
Florida. At times like this we wish we were closer to family. Mark's obituary was a beautiful tribute to great guy. We will continue to remember and pray for all as life continues and we cherish our memories.
Thinking of you all, Tom & Marius.