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James Francis "Frank" Gillis

July 19, 1940October 3, 2020
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James Francis (Frank) Gillis

It is with deep sorrow and heartbreak, that we announce the death of our husband, loving father and brother on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital in Inverness.

Frank was born July 19th, 1940 in Inverness to the late Owen Dan Gillis and Jessie (Beaton) Gillis, Inverness. Upon graduation from Holy Family High School, Frank was employed in Inverness by Eastern Dairies of Antigonish. He was then employed by the Municipality of Inverness County as Director of Community Services for 36 years.

Frank is survived by his wife of 55 years, Alice (Doyle) Gillis, Inverness, his daughter Alison (Robert Anderson), Yellowknife, NT, and son James, Inverness. Frank is also survived by siblings, Marie (Joe) MacRae, Michigan; Lorne, Inverness/Florida; Joyce (David) Gillis, Scotsville; Gwen, Inverness; Joan (Hugh) Cameron, Scotsville; Monica (John) MacLennan, Blues Mills; Jane, Mabou; Ernest (Pauline), Mabou; Brenda (Sandy) Gillis, Inverness and sister-in-Law Carol, Mabou. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Lloyd (Yvonne) Doyle, Sydney; sister-in-law Cecila Doyle, Inverness; and Charlotte MacArthur, Dartmouth.

Besides his parents, Frank was predeceased by his brother Sandy (2016) and his sister-in-law, Marguerite Gillis (2019). He was also predeceased by his father-in-law, Ernest Doyle, and mother-in-law Catherine (MacDonald) Doyle, Inverness; brother-in-law Bernard Doyle; sister-in-law Loretta (Doyle) Green, Massachusetts.

He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews who brought him much joy.

Frank volunteered his time helping at many of the Inverary Manor Auxiliary parties, Alice Freeman’s Ceilidhs, The Arthritis Society of Nova Scotia, and was a lector in his church. He was also a former Board member of the Inverness Arena Commission, the ICMH Board of Directors and most recently, he served on the Board of Directors of Inverness County Home Care Agency.

Frank enjoyed travelling with his family to Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, and Florida over the years visiting relatives and friends. Upon retirement he and Alice would spend occasional winters in Florida, enjoying their time there with family and friends. Frank also enjoyed watching the horse races, playing cards, watching baseball, hockey and curling on TV with Alice. He always enjoyed chatting with old friends, locally and from away about old times and growing up in Inverness. He enjoyed good food and special treats such as fudge and butterscotch pie.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be at the Inverness Funeral Home on Friday, October 9th, 2020 from 2-6 pm. Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, October 10th, 2020 at 11 am at Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church in Inverness, with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Frank may be made to Palliative Care at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital and the Inverary Manor Auxiliary, Inverness, NS.

A special thank you to all the healthcare staff for the excellent, compassionate, and respectful care given to Frank during his illness. On-line condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Owen Dan Gillis, Father (deceased)
  • Jessie (Beaton) Gillis, Mother (deceased)
  • Alice (Doyle) Gillis, Wife
  • Alison (Robert Anderson) Gillis, Daughter
  • James Gillis, Son
  • Marie (Joe) MacRae, Sister
  • Lorne (late Marguerite) Gillis, Brother
  • Joyce (David) Gillis, Sister
  • Gwen Gillis, Sister
  • Joan (Hugh) Cameron, Sister
  • Monica (John) MacLennan, Sister
  • Jane Gillis, Sister
  • Ernest (Pauline) Gillis, Brother
  • Brenda (Sandy) Gillis, Sister
  • He is also survived by his sister-in-Law Carol, Mabou. brother-in-law Lloyd (Yvonne) Doyle, Sydney; sister-in-law Cecila Doyle, Inverness; and Charlotte MacArthur, Dartmouth.
    Besides his parents, Frank was predeceased by his brother Sandy (2016) and his sister-in-law, Marguerite Gillis (2019). He was also predeceased by his father-in-law, Ernest Doyle, and mother-in-law Catherine (MacDonald) Doyle, Inverness; brother-in-law Bernard Doyle; sister-in-law Loretta (Doyle) Green, Massachusetts.
    He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews who brought him much joy.

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  • Inverary Manor Auxiliary
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Julene Summerfield

October 19, 2020

Gwen & the Gillis Family
I was sad to hear of Frankie's passing. Sending thoughts and prayers of all of you. May your memories help you all through this difficult time.

Julene (Coady) Summerfield

Bernie White

October 18, 2020

Dearest Alice and family-- my sincere sympathy on the passing of your husband , father and brother. I am so grateful for all the kindness extended to me while a border with your Mom ( Katie Doyle). Eternal Rest to Frank
Bernie White New Glasgow NS

Paula Kennedy-Mac Donald

October 16, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the Gillis family as you go through this difficult loss.
I was truly blessed to have worked with Frankie. Frankie was one of the first persons I met when I started my social work career some thirty years ago. Frankie always stood up with an inexhaustible passion for the betterment of the people he served. I will never forget his kind, considerate and companionate ways.
Every time we meet he would always have a little story to tell and I would always get a laugh from his stories. Right up until his death I would always get that phone call on Wednesday nites in the summer or Sundays during racing season telling me he wasn’t going to make it to the race track and that I could have his parking spot by the fence.
His zest for life, humour and fairness will be greatly missed.

Kevin Cleary

October 12, 2020

Our sincere condolences to the entire Gillis family. I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Frankie when we were in Inverness. He was well respected in the community and always friendly to me and would go out of his way to help. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gillis family in this time of immeasurable loss.

Kevin and Sandra Cleary

Archie Collins

October 11, 2020

Sincere sympathy is extended to all Frank's family and friends from Archie and Alida

Janice (MacDonell) Campbell

October 9, 2020

Alice and the entire Gillis Family...
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Frankie was such a wonderful man. We shared many great stories with him and my father , Donald Alex , either at the Court House or the race track.
He will certainly be missed .
Janice (MacDonell) Campbell
Port Hood

Joanne Macdonald

October 9, 2020

To all of the family of Frankie Gillis: I was so very sorry to read of Frankie passing. Frankie always had a smile and a little gleam in his eyes. Many times "The Owen Dans" would stop at out home also. Our families have been long time good friends...Jessie, Owen Dan, Mom and Dad (Charlie and Veronica) and always the stop at the Corner. Once inside the tea seemed to always be on and no shortage of biscuits and sweets. To each and everyone of you, I extend my deepest sympathy. God be with all of you.

Carmella MacIsaac

October 8, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with Alice , Alison . James and Frankie 's brothers and sisters at this very difficult time ! We have such wonderful memories of Frankie and his family especially in our camping days and our time in Astor . Frankie was a very dear friend ,, The Piller of the Community ... He is now reaping his rewards for the wonderful work he did throughout his life . RIP Frankie .

Stella & Gerard Walker

October 8, 2020

Sending our condolences to Alice and family... was saddened when I read in The Oran of Frankie’s passing . Having worked in the same building as Frankie we had many discussions and laughs. His eyes twinkled when he’d tell his stories.
He was a kind man and showed compassion to everyone.
May he Rest In Peace.

Robert Anderson

October 8, 2020

Alice, Alison & James I wish I could be with you at this time, but please take comfort that you are in my thoughts.
I was happy that I was able to speak with Frank a couple of weeks ago and share a couple laughs, I will always have that.
Frank you will forever missed and always loved, rest easy my friend.

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