OBITUARY

William Roger Gillaspy III

December 17, 1939December 4, 2018
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William Roger Gillaspy, 78, of Houston, Texas passed away December 4, 2018 at Tomball Regional Hospital. He was born in Houston, Texas on December 17, 1939 to Annie Lee and William Roger Gillaspy Jr. He graduated from Bellaire High School in 1958 and went on to earn a degree at University of Houston. Roger worked for the Texas Department of Transportation for over 40 years. Over the years, he was a member of the Bromeliad, Orchid and Rose Societies. He had a passion for the game of Dominoes, playing every day at lunch and then on into his retirement at the Hockley Community Center. He was a history buff, which he passed on to his sons & grandsons. Yet, more than anything Roger was a family man always putting his loved ones before himself. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Billie Jean Gillaspy, sons Stephen Gillaspy (wife Susan) and David Gillaspy, Brother Tom Gillaspy (wife Cathy), nephew John Gillaspy (wife Margo, Great nephew Alec) and three grandchildren Scott, Christopher and Brooke. Roger was a wonderful Dad and amazing grandfather. His sayings and stories will be truly missed. His visitation will be Friday, December 14 from 5-8pm and funeral Saturday, December 15 at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home and Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 15, 2018
REMEMBERING

William Roger Gillaspy III

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Rosalind Hebert

December 17, 2018

To Roger's family and friends:
First let me express my deepest sympathy for your loss. Roger was a good friend for many years. I met Roger when I began my job at H-GAC in 1993 as administrative assistant to Alan Clark, H-GAC Director of Transportation. I began supporting the Transportation Policy Council and took minutes at their meetings. It was Roger who had that responsibility before I came on board and he showed me how to include all the important details necessary for documentation of the meeting minutes. Since that time, I got to know many employees at TxDOT and along with Roger, worked closely with them at Policy Council meetings, public meetings, and other events that involved H-GAC and TxDOT. He will always be fondly remembered by those of us who knew him.

Sharon Johnson

December 15, 2018

Lonnie and I remember our friendship with Roger foundly as we walked the halls of TxDOT. So many Roger stories... We both admired the fact that he was a wonderful father and took such good care of his sons. When I first met Roger he was a SINGLE father and that is a hard task in our world today. Lonnie took this picture of him playing dominoes and since that was one of his favorite things - you must have it. We send our sincere condolences to the family and have you in our prayers. Sincerely, Sharon & Lonnie Johnson

Catherine McCreight

December 11, 2018

Roger Gillaspy was a planner in the Advance Transportation Planning Section of the Texas Department of Transportation. He retired in 2004 after 42 years of service. He was a tireless servant to the citizens of the Houston region helping to shape the region’s roadway network in order to meet the demands of a growing community. He loved photography and always volunteered to take the pictures at any work event. He also loved to play dominoes, frequently playing with other coworkers at lunch time. His physical body may be gone, but he’s alive in spirit as new planners have picked up where he left off. Thank you Roger! Deepest condolences to Roger’s family and friends.

Rakesh Tripathi

December 11, 2018

It is with heavy heart that I learnt of Roger's passing. He was a close confidante, friend and we worked together at TX DOT. He was a delightful man, a man who despite all odds and personal disappointments raised his boys as a single parent. Every time he would talk about his boys and their accomplishments, their families, his eyes would light up, and we could see the satisfaction and pride he felt. I sincerely hope his sons understand the enormous sacrifices Roger made, the deep love he had for them and the fact that he postponed his life to put his kids first. He was giving, he was kind, he was strong in his convictions, and he was a wonderful friend. Though, I was much younger than him, and also his boss, he treated me with great respect and love. I always valued his guidance and advice in matters big and small, personal and professional. My heart goes out to Billie and the entire Gillaspy family, and I mourn this loss with you. I pray that the good lord, takes him in his arms and gives him comfort and peace. Deepest condolences. RIP my dear friend.
From: Rakesh Tripathi and Family

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