OBITUARY

John "Johnny" Stephen Gillis

December 18, 1964April 28, 2021
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Gone too soon, our dear big brother John (Johnny) Stephen Gillis of Port Hood, passed away at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital on April 28th, 2021 at the age of 56 years. Son of the late, Donald B Gillis, and Marie (Maclean) Gillis, John was born in Waltham Massachusetts. The light of a fun-loving, energetic, social, family-oriented spirit was taken from our lives. Our Johnny is now in heaven with Mom and Dad. He was a caring brother and brother-in-law of Rodney (Ellen), Lisa (Brian), Danny and Mindy (Jeremy). He was an adored uncle to Brett, Logan, Marli, Jake, Jamie, Bailee, Maria, Maddie and Jack. He was loved dearly by many aunts (aunties as he called them) uncles, cousins, friends, neighbours, and liked by everyone from Port Hood to Las Vegas. Johnny’s career in telecommunications took him across Canada and parts of the United States where he made many friends along the way. Johnny was employed by MT &T in Cape Breton for many years working alongside his buddies, Ronnie and Neil. He then moved to the United States to help set up the fiber-optic network. Then he moved to Toronto and switched to wireless communications. Eventually, he moved back to Nova Scotia where he worked as project manager with Eastlink overseeing the construction of wireless towers. One of his last jobs was with ATCO Electric, before moving back home to Cape Breton. Johnny had great pride and love for our Hawthorne homestead. One of Johnny’s first loves was playing hockey. He got to play with his brothers, and great friends. He, like Dad, was a big fan of the Montreal Canadians. Hawthorne would vibrate with their yelps of ‘score!’ His love for another sport soon overcame the importance of hockey in his life. The New England Patriots was Johnny’s pride and joy. He was Tom Brady’s number 1 fan and lived vicariously through his team. We are all Patriot fans because of his unwavering devotion. His pride and love for his family was like no other. He was truly the ‘fun uncle’ always interacting with his nieces and nephews. He taught a few of them how to drive, and gave lots of hockey advice. Johnny had Mom and Dad’s enthusiasm for harness racing. He enjoyed watching the Hawthorne horses as well as being the sideline supporter during his brothers’ horse races at various venues across the Maritimes. On behalf of Johnny, we would like to say a humbling, and heartfelt thank you to the many hardworking and compassionate staff at the Inverness Hospital and Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Thank you to our Uncle Blair Joseph, for being there for Johnny and for us in Sydney, these last few weeks. Thanks to all family and friends near and far for all of the efforts, support, messages, and phone calls. The kindness and extra efforts from so many people is humbling and so appreciated. We take comfort knowing he is with Mom and Dad, cousin Keith, cousin Suzette, aunt and uncles. Please remember the kind and fun-loving Johnny and know he is struggling no more. Hawthorne Johnny; JG will be sorely missed. We love you John! As Johnny would say: “Anddd what else?!” In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Johnny can be made to Talbot House or Inverness Palliative Care. Due to Covid restrictions, the funeral service and celebration of Johnny’s life will be at a later date.

  • FAMILY

  • Our Johnny is now in heaven with Mom and Dad. He was a caring brother and brother-in-law of Rodney (Ellen), Lisa (Brian), Danny and Mindy (Jeremy). He was an adored uncle to Brett, Logan, Marli, Jake, Jamie, Bailee, Maria, Maddie and Jack. He was loved dearly by many aunts (aunties as he called them) uncles, cousins, friends and neighbors.
  • DONATIONS

  • Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to Talbot House

Services

  • Funeral Mass will be announced at a later date.

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John "Johnny" Stephen Gillis

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Tim & Kathy Martin

May 11, 2021

Tim has great memories of working with Johnny and Ron & Neil. We are very sad to hear of his passing. Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures that capture John and his love of all of you.
Our sympathy to all of you.

Linda Beaton

May 5, 2021

Dear Lisa, Rodney, Danny and Mindy, My sincere sympathy on your great loss. May you take comfort knowing that he is with your mother and father, and in the wonderful family memories you have.
Linda Beaton

Mike Cart

May 5, 2021

Always an adventure when Johnny G would grace us with his presence at Lefty's in Upper Tantallon.

So sorry to hear he was taken so soon.

My thoughts are with his family and friends who have lost a true Caper!

I will miss his colurful character .....

Mike

John MacNeil

May 4, 2021

Sorry for everyone’s loss, Johnny was a hard act to follow. I worked with Johnny on a few occasions in Las Vegas, Denver and a few others and have many fond memories as I’m sure like many others. Rest In Peace Johnny.

Peter Synishin

May 3, 2021

Rodney, Lisa, Danny and Mindy, I am so sorry for your loss. Johnny was an awesome teammate (and someone I hated to play against). Deepest and most sincere condolences from our family to yours. May he Rest In Peace.

judy lewis

May 2, 2021

Johnny was my Hawthorne neighbor. We rode the bus to school together. I babysat for him and his brothers and sisters and he holds a spot in my heart. I am deeply saddened by the loss to the family.

Ronnie & Clare Rankin

May 2, 2021

Deeply saddened by the news of Johnny's passing. He was a co-worker and good friend. Like many, we have great memories and had many laughs with Johnny over the years. He will be missed. Sending our sincere condolences to his family. May he rest in peace!

Jerry MacPhee

May 2, 2021

So sorry to read about this. Take care, Gillis family.

Jerry.

Jennifer MacIsaac

May 1, 2021

Very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you all.

Shane MacDougall

May 1, 2021

Oh my. Great big hugs and handshakes to you all. It was always nice to run into Johnny wherever it may have been. I have found memories of a New Year's day spent at the Lower Deck in Halifax. Signal Hill was playing and the there was a huge storm. There were like 40 people there. 35 Capers and likely 30 of them Johnny was related too. It was magical. RIP JG. Slainte SMD

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