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Lillianne Gillespie

February 14, 1938March 30, 2018
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GILLESPIE, Lillianne Marie Margeurite (nee Salvas) Passed away peacefully on March 30, 2018 with her family by her side after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Loving wife of Ernest Gillespie for 57 years. Mother of Lisa Fasken (Warren), Anne Read (Steve), and Paul Gillespie (Danielle). Proud Nana of Emily, Mark, Leanne, William, Christopher, and Julia. Loving sister of Roland Salvas. Prior to being a wonderful Mom, Lillianne was a teacher with the Roman Catholic Board, and many years later became a teacher with the adult ESL program. The family would like to thank the staff at Hillsdale Estates for their compassionate and loving care, as well as, her PSW and friend Nuala Beattie. In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkinson Canada would be greatly appreciated. Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West, (905-721-1234) on Tuesday April 3rd, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday April 4th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 3, 2018

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, April 4, 2018


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Joanne Buchanan (Neill)

April 11, 2019

I am sorry to have just discovered the sad news of your mom’s passing. She was a dear friend and neighbour to my mom Lil Neill. She and your dad were treasured friends to both my mom and dad.

Betty Haass

April 4, 2018

Lillianne was such a wonderful friend. I enjoyed all our visits with her & Ernie both at the condo & at Hillsdale. Lillianne & I were ESL teachers for many years. Henry & I also enjoyed that wonderful gift that Paul & Danielle gave to Lillianne a few years ago at the condo when they made dinner for her and 5 of her friends. It was truly delicious and showed how much her family appreciated her. May you all remember what a great lady she was!

Graham Fasken

April 4, 2018

Ernie, Lisa, Anne, Paul & family,
Our deepest sympathy goes out to you with the loss of your dear mother, Lilli. Thank-you for sharing such wonderful memories of your mother and such cherished pictures. What an accomplished life and giving person that has passed on all too soon. Mark and Chris were privileged to have had such a wonderful grandmother. May she live forever in your hearts, and overtime, your sadness will be replaced with fond memories.

Love, Graham, Nancy, Melissa, & Branden

Christine Conrad

April 3, 2018

Although it has been many years since we Guided together.. I still remember the sleepless night at camp and the many guide nights we spent working with the girls.. so from one ex guider family to another.... condolences for the loss of a great Lady. May she Rest In Peace....

Patricia Whiting

April 1, 2018

We are thinking of you at this very difficult time. How proud your mother must have been of all of you. Thinking of you, Patricia and Anna



Lillianne Gillespie was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Lillianne will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Lillianne was born on February 14, 1938 in Cardinal, Ontario and was the daughter of Yvon and Roma Salvas.

      Lillianne was raised with one brother, Roland and they were usually involved in all sorts of activities. She and her brother experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young girl, Lillianne had a number of interests. Like most children, she enjoyed playing and making up games. She was curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Lillianne was an active child who took part in tennis and basketball. She was also involved in Girl Guides. In her spare time she liked tennis and swimming. Lillianne's memorable achievements included being Valedictorian on graduating high school. However, to Lillianne, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her friends.

      A typical teenager, Lillianne had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Cardinal High School in 1956. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favourite subjects and teachers and was involved in many clubs and sports.

      Lillianne enjoyed her college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but Lillianne was able to manage the balancing act. She earned her teaching certificate from Ottawa Teachers College.

      On July 29, 1961 Lillianne exchanged wedding vows with Ernest Gillespie. Empathic and loyal, Lillianne was committed to making her new family happy.

      Lillianne worked hard to be a good mother to her children and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Lillianne was blessed with three children, two daughters, Lisa and Anne, and one son, Paul. Another blessing for Lillianne was the gift of six grandchildren, Emily, Mark, Leanne, William, Christopher and Julia.

      Fortunately, Lillianne enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Lillianne worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was as a teacher. She was employed with the Roman Catholic Board and many years later became a teacher with the adult ESL program. Lillianne always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Throughout her life, Lillianne was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. Throughout her later years, Lil was very involved in Girl Guides Canada for many years.

      Lillianne’s faith was important to her. She was a member of Saint Gertrude's Catholic Church in Oshawa for many decades.

      She enjoyed travelling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for her to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. In retirement Lil and Ernie went on several bus tour trips to places such as Great Britain, Southeast United States, Southwest United States and an Alaskan Cruise.

      Lillianne was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Her family was rounded out by her cat, Tiger whom she had for 16 years.

      Lillianne passed away on March 30, 2018 at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa, Ontario after a brave battle with Parkinson's Disease. She is survived by her husband Ernie, children Lisa (Warren), Anne (Steve) and Paul (Danielle), grandchildren Emily, Mark, Leanne, William, Christopher and Julia, and brother Roland. Services were held at Oshawa Funeral Home. Lillianne was laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery in Whitby, Ontario.

      Simply stated, Lillianne was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Lillianne leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Lillianne Gillespie.