Inverness Funeral Home

45 MacIsaac Street, Inverness, NS


Alexander Daniel "Lawley" Gillis

April 16, 1948November 2, 2019

Alexander Daniel (Lawley) Gillis April 16,1948 - November 2, 2019

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Lawley. He died peacefully in Inverary Manor with loved ones by his side. Born in New Waterford, Cape Breton, he was a son of Donald Archibald (D.A.) Gillis formerly (from South West Margaree), and Sadie (MacNeil) Gillis (from Inverness). Lawley spent his life in many places and had settled in Halifax for the last 20 years. He is survived by his former wife and good friend, Susan (MacDonell) Gillis, Inverness; children, Billy Frank (Kristen), Inverness; Jenny May Gillis, Ottawa; and Robert Gillis, Edmonton; his cherished grandchildren, Anaya, Isla, Jonah and Lana; and his sisters, Florence van den Hoogen (Joe), Mabou; and Donna Gillis (Louis Cyr), Halifax. He was dearly loved by nieces and nephews, cousins and by the many friends he made throughout his life. He was predeceased by his father D.A., mother, Sadie; and brother, Angus Gillis as well as an infant brother. Lawley was good-hearted and had a special gift for helping others, that transferred to his work and personal life. He was known for his sense of humor and sharp wit. No encounter with Lawley was without a laugh. He had a passion for horse racing; it was fitting that he spent the last 7 months of his life in view of the Inverness raceway.

Visitation will be held in Stella Maris Church, Inverness on November 6th from 10:00-10:45a.m. with Funeral Mass to follow at 11a.m., Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Inverary Manor, Inverness. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com


  • Sadie (MacNeil) Gillis, Mother (deceased)
  • Donald Archibald (D.A.) Gillis, Father (deceased)
  • Susan (MacDonell) Gillis, Friend
  • Billy Frank (Kristen) Gillis, Son
  • Jenny May Gillis, Daughter
  • Robert Gillis, Son
  • He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Anaya, Isla, Jonah and Lana; and his sisters Florence van den Hoogen (Joe), Mabou, and Donna Gillis (Louis Cyr), Halifax.
    He was dearly loved by nieces and nephews, cousins and by the many friends he made throughout his life.
    He is predeceased by his Father D.A., Mother, Sadie, and Brother Angus Gillis as well as an infant brother.

  • Inverary Manor


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Alexander Daniel "Lawley" Gillis

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Lorraine MacDougall

November 5, 2019

Sending love and prayers to Lawley's family at this difficult time. Love to Susan and his children. Flossie and her family along with Donna and her family. I was saddened to learn of Lawley passing and will always remember him as a fun loving person. Another loss to the community of Inverness. R.I.P. Lawley

Bill and Margie Delaney

November 5, 2019

To all the Gillis and Mac Neil families

We were very sorry to hear Lawley has
passed away. We are unable to attend
his funeral because we are in Boston.
Keeping you all in our prayers. Love Bill and Margie

Bernie Mac donald

November 4, 2019

Have known lolly since a long time,we stayed together in Edmonton,had lots off good times and memories,best was when mom was out for visit and we went to Banff,lake Louise,interior off bc,Calgary,he was nice man,always kind and good man ,was very nice to everyone,rip lawley

Rosie Deagle

November 4, 2019

😇Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy too all off Lawley’s Family his Mother was very nice too all the kids that hung around her yard in the Red Rows she’s hugging him tight right now RIP Lawley🌹