Gordon Patrick Gillis

March 18, 1952July 1, 2021

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, brother, uncle and friend Gordon Patrick Gillis. He passed away, with his loving wife, Heather, by his side, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, on July 1, 2021. He was 69 years of age. Gordon was a quiet person with a big kind heart and a great sense of humour. His curious nature and intelligence kept him engaged with the world around him. He could fix just about anything, but he took a special interest in computers and electronics. In his early days, he developed a love for amateur radio and then later Gordon worked, as a technician, for CBC radio. He did this for nearly 30 years, until his retirement. Upon leaving CBC, he was able to spend time on some of his interests, birding, exploring nature, photography and woodworking (cabinet making). Gordon was blessed to share his life, love and a special bond with his wife Heather. They truly enjoyed exploring the back roads of Cape Breton, taking in all that nature had to offer. For Gordon, this was done through the camera lens, a passion, at which he excelled. Heather’s parents often accompanied them on their journeys. Besides his wife, Heather, Gordon is survived by his sister Ronelda MacDonald (Vincent) his nieces and nephews, Erin MacDonald (Ryan Gutoske), Jeffrey MacDonald (Marianne), Cindy (Pembroke) Braunmiller (Trevor), David Pembroke (Mary) and their respective families. Gordon is also survived by Heather’s parents, Eileen (Allen) and Donald MacAulay and brother-in-law Donald MacAulay (Mary Gail Wrathall) and their son, Kyle MacAulay (Nicole Pronk). Gordon was predeceased by his parents Ronald and Elsie (Keefe) Gillis and one sister Martha ‘Elaine’ Pembroke (Michael). Due to limited seating, a private service, by invitation only, will take place on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at 2 pm, at United Heritage Church, Sydney, NS. Those unable to attend may join the livestream on TW Curry’s Facebook page starting at 2Pm on Thursday. Cremation has taken place. Memories and condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting If desired, donations in Gordon’s memory may be made to either the Hospice, Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton or a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the health care professionals, who so compassionately cared for Gordon, throughout his illness, VON, Cape Breton Regional Hospital, and An Cala Palliative Care Unit. “And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings…”


  • Heather Gillis, Wife
  • Ronelda MacDonald (Vincent), Sister
  • Erin MacDonald (Ryan Gutoske), Niece
  • Jeffrey MacDonald (Marianne), Nephew
  • Cindy (Pembroke) Braunmiller (Trevor), Niece
  • David Pembroke (Mary), Nephew
  • Eileen (Allen) MacAulay (Donald), Mother In Law
  • Donald MacAulay (Eileen), Father In Law
  • Donald MacAulay (Mary Gail Wrathall), Brother-in-law
  • Kyle MacAulay (Nicole Pronk), Son
  • Ronald and Elsie (Keefe) Gillis, Parents (deceased)
  • Martha ‘Elaine’ Pembroke (Michael), Sister (deceased)


  • Private Family Service

    Thursday, July 8, 2021



Gordon Patrick Gillis

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Jeannie Fraser

August 2, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Gordie was such a lovely man. I always kept him in my prayers. May your precious memories of Gordie continue to bring you some comfort during this difficult time.

Marilyn King

July 13, 2021

Hi Heather: Condolences to you and your family in the passing of Gordie. He will be missed. Take care of yourself.

Marilyn King

Cheryl Gardiner

July 12, 2021

Heather, I was so sorry to here of the loss of your husband. May G od give you the strength to carry on. You will always hold the love and memories in your heart forever. May Gordon rest in peace. God Bless and take care of yourself.


Gerry Whelan

July 9, 2021

Hi Heather and Family: I just read via a CBC pensioners communique that Gordie had passed away.
I first met Gordie when my family and I moved to Sydney in 1978.
Gordie was not just a wonderful person but a strong listener and
had great thoughts and opinions.All in his very nice way.
Later on when I moved to Halifax, I would continue to drop by the station when I was in Sydney working with
Land and Sea.
Gordie never changed. Always Gordie and a Great Tech.
in 2000, I moved into the role as Union Rep and would again always see Gordie when I dropped by the station.
He always gave you the time of day and took an interest in what
I was doing.
It has been said that time will heal all.
I would like to say Gordie was truly a cut above the rest.
His sense of humor was outstanding.
Regards to you Heather and all the family.

Gerry Whelan

Holly MacIntyre

July 9, 2021

Tom and I were heartbroken to hear of Gordie's passing...he was the salt of the earth, stand up person...Tom enjoyed working with him so much at CBC...never was there a more personable and kind person...
To you and the family, please accept our condolences and we are so sorry for your heartache...much love from both of us
Tom and Holly

Janice Bates

July 8, 2021

Our deepest condolences, Heather, on the loss of this wonderful man.
Janice and Mike Bates

Nancy Moore

July 8, 2021

Heather and family, I was saddened to hear of Gordie’s passing. I know you had many happy years together and you will miss him very much. My sympathies
Nancy Moore

Thomas Cohoon

July 8, 2021

On behalf of the Nova Scotia Amateur Radio Association and all Amateurs I express our deepest condolences. Tom Cohoon
President, NSARA

Hal Higgins

July 8, 2021

I will always treasure the decades Gordie and I spent working together at CBC Cape Breton. Many great conversations, both serious and funny. Gordie was always comfortable to be around and was so helpful to me on many occasions whether it was related to work or personal issues. I began my career as a technician and I'm grateful to him for being a trainer and an early mentor. Godspeed my friend. Til we meet again.

kevin stauch

July 8, 2021

My condolences to the family.

May Gordon R.I.P.