OBITUARY

James T. Gillespie

January 26, 1985June 7, 2018
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James T. Gillespie, age 33, of Waukegan born to Thomas and Ellen Gillespie on January 26, 1985. James was a 2003 graduate of Waukegan High School. James is survived by his devoted fiancé, Susana Perez; mother Ellen Gillespie; sister Colleen (Andrew) Westerman; nephews Will and Sam Westerman and many special cousins, aunts, uncles, friends - and especially his two feline companions Tyler and Domino. Preceded in death by his father Thomas W. Gillespie and grandparents Marcy and Herb Gillespie and Cal and Cele Cannon. James was a server for various restaurants in Chicago and Highland Park. He was a creative cook, talented artist, a well-rounded athlete and avid sports fan. He was always checking to see when the next Cubs game would begin. James was a member at St. Dismas Parish in Waukegan. Special thanks to the supportive care James received from Vista Health, most notably Amber Servatius. Visitation will be held Tuesday 4-8 PM at Marsh Funeral Home, 305 N Cemetery Rd, Gurnee. Interment will take place at 10 AM on Wednesday at Ascension Catholic Cemetery Chapel, 1920 Buckley Rd, Libertyville.

For Funeral Info: 847-336-0127 or Marshfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Interment Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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Bryan Gustafson

June 12, 2018

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Joyce Leginski (Semasko)

June 11, 2018

Ellen, I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers being said for you and your family.

Brad Carlton

June 10, 2018

Wow, so sorry. James and I were buddies on the train from Chicago to highland park for a couple of years, we made the train ride fun together, and were friends with the conductors, hanging in the vestibules, playing music on our speakers and having a couple of drinks before going to work and getting wasted after work, hanging at the train stations on the cold, waiting for the late night train back to the city. When he wasn’t working, it was a boring ride without him.
May he be in peace.

Nancy Huntington

June 9, 2018

Ellen and Family,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. James sure was a handsome guy. I remember his sports ability and activities from his younger years when you and I were at MW.

Howie and I will be out of town for activities in Indiana for our high school Alumni Association beginning Sunday. Otherwise, we would be at the services.

It was so good to see you in January during a happier time. James and you will be in our prayers. Love, Howie and Nancy

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Biography

My Favorite Memory of James T. Gillespie…

James and I were attending Amber and Toms wedding in Lake Geneva. I had to go get smokes and James came with. We laughed our asses off the whole way there and back. We also talked about him drawing up new tattoos for Kelli and I. –Karl

When James visited last year, he made a wonderful dinner with the best Brussel sprouts I have ever had. –Aunt Becky

I always laugh when I think of one Christmas when James was little. Every present he opened was clothing. After about four presents, James looked at his mom and said, “No more clothes” in a pleading voice. –Aunt Becky

James helped me through a very hard time in my life. I know he did the same for many.

James and Susana visiting Washington Island – going to the mountain tower, schoolhouse beach and campfires.

DANNY!!

James was about 6, I was 1. He let me sit on him and we would tickle each other’s tummy. It the cutest video. –Lindsey Yedinak

As Colleen’s best friend in middle school, she and I thought it would be great to be sisters. So I remember putting James in a headlock and making him “marry me” as Colleen performed the ceremony :). He was a good sport. Always made us laugh! Marylee Xenos

Out of many things that I will miss and that I am grateful for is that you told Sveta to come over that night to see me we were married 2 years later to the day. I love you and will miss you.

James got me a job working with him at the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant. He always made work fun and could always make everyone laugh. Even on the toughest days.

James is the reason I love blue cheese.

Every late night he would come by, we would hang out and draw until one of us would be falling asleep with a pencil in hand.

All the nights at the Logan Theater apartment!! -Amanda You will be greatly missed. Love you!

You always showing up at my house after work. We would always have that family bond. We never had a frown on our face. You made life happy for others and myself. Love always – Chris Sparks

My favorite memory will always be when James and I met Sal from Impractical Jokers. I’ll miss you James. Glad I got to know you. –Emily

1) Prom 2) Graduation Party 3) Hayride at Halloween all my favorite

Con gato todo es mas varato. Love you brother!!

James was always ready to be a great friend and person to count on. Lots of special memories.

Once James made us a delicious dinner of fresh scallops and we spent the whole night talking and laughing. His heart was just too big for this world.

My favorite memory was James’s warm energy. When James worked at Café Central I knew right away we had a new important part of the team. The restaurant family, Café Central and the Nieto family thank you all for sharing him with us. I always knew the restaurant was in good hands when James was working.

I have 23 years of great memories with James. But my favorite is playing golf with him. Plus lighting off fireworks.

Family picnics. Time with family is the best. RIP Cousin James. Love Stephanie J

I liked him watching us in our Jeep in the winter. There was lots of snow on the ground and Uncle James shoveled it. – Will Westerman

Bonnie Brook with Uncle James. – Sam Westerman



James T. Gillespie, age 33, of Waukegan born to Thomas and Ellen Gillespie on January 26, 1985. James was a 2003 graduate of Waukegan High School. James is survived by his devoted fiancé, Susana Perez; mother Ellen Gillespie; sister Colleen (Andrew) Westerman; nephews Will and Sam Westerman and many special cousins, aunts, uncles, friends - and especially his two feline companions Tyler and Domino. Preceded in death by his father Thomas W. Gillespie and grandparents Marcy and Herb Gillespie and Cal and Cele Cannon.
James was a server for various restaurants in Chicago and Highland Park. He was a creative cook, talented artist, a well-rounded athlete and avid sports fan. He was always checking to see when the next Cubs game would begin. James was a member at St. Dismas Parish in Waukegan.
Special thanks to the supportive care James received from Vista Health, most notably Amber Servatius.
Visitation will be held Tuesday 4-8 PM at Marsh Funeral Home, 305 N Cemetery Rd, Gurnee. Interment will take place at 10 AM on Wednesday at Ascension Catholic Cemetery Chapel, 1920 Buckley Rd, Libertyville.

For Funeral Info: 847-336-0127 or Marshfuneralhome.com