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Donald Gillis

Donald Gillis

Tuesday, September 13th, 1927 - Friday, November 15th, 2019
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Obituary

Greenwich

Donald Gillis, 92, passed away on Friday, November 15, 2019 at his daughter’s home surrounded by his loving family.

Born on September 13, 1927 he was the son of the late Claude and Elsie (Bain) Gillis.

He graduated from Greenwich High School and continued his education at RPI.

After high school Donald proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII but never left the country.

On July 4, 1949, Donald married the love of his life Lillian Clough who passed away on January 11, 1992.

Mr. Gillis was a former owner and operator of the Argyle IGA. Donald also worked as an engineer for many years at General Electric, Kaymer (Alstrom) and most recently retiring form BDP Industries this past December.

He was a member of the Argyle Presbyterian Church.

Donald enjoyed bowling in his younger years, swimming, watching the Mets with a shout out to the Red Sox, and watching football both the NFL and College.

In addition to Donald’s parents and wife he was predeceased by his sister, Marjorie Herrington (Gordon); brothers, Richard Gillis (Edna), and Paul Gillis (Dorothy); brothers-in-law, Lionel Clough (Lela) and Roscoe Clough.

Left to cherish his memory include his two daughters, Christine Martin (Peter) of Los Angeles, CA and Donna Gillis of Greenwich; sisters-in-law, Eleanor Clowdus (Ken) and Jackie Clough; nieces, Sandy Saunders and Laura Gomer (David); nephews, Bill Herrington (Carol), Gary Clowdus and Mark Clowdus; along with several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

At Donald’s request there will be no calling hours.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 5pm at the Argyle Presbyterian Church 48 Main St, Argyle, NY 12809 with light refreshments to follow.

Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Donald’s memory can be made to the Argyle Presbyterian Church C/O Memorial Fund P.O. Box 66 Argyle, NY 12809 or Cossayuna Volunteer Fire Department 21 Bunker Hill Road Cossayuna, NY 12823 or Easton Greenwich Rescue Squad P.O. Box 84 Greenwich, NY 12834 or a charity of ones choice.
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  • Service

    Monday, November 18th, 2019 | 5:00pm
    When
    Monday, November 18th, 2019 5:00pm
    Location
    Argyle Presbyterian Church
    Address
    48 Main Street, P.O. Box 66
    ARGYLE, NY 12809
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    A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 5pm at the Argyle Presbyterian Church 48 Main St, Argyle, NY 12809 with light refreshments to follow.
  • Interment

    Location
    Evergreen Cemetery - Salem, NY
    Address
    1 Cemetery Road
    SALEM, NY
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    Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

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Marilyn Trudeau-Miller

Posted at 01:06pm
Don was a gentle man always with a caring word. As Ed stated, " he always knew me and was interested in what was going on in my life." He will be missed so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Donna and Christine.
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Susan fowler Vanharmelen

Posted at 09:23pm
Dear Donna, My deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your father. I'm sure there is a huge hole your in heart.

Yours, Susan Fowler Vanharmelen
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Jean Tilford

Posted at 02:59pm
As a child, I remember Don when during his school years he and two of my uncles were very good friends (Eldridge and Edwin McEachron). It was a pleasure to see him when he owned the IGA store in Argyle. where he also helped me pick out some delicious meat and suggested how to prepare it. He was very helpful to me many times! Don was always a gentleman and very nice man. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with his family. God Bless!
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Jean Tilford

Posted at 02:57pm
As a child, I remember Don when during his school years he and two of my uncles were very good friends (Eldridge and Edwin McEachron). It was a pleasure to see him when he owned the IGA store in Argyle. where he also helped me pick out some delicious meat and suggested how to prepare it. He was very helpful to me many times! Don was always a gentleman and very nice man. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with his family. God Bless! Jean Tilford
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Susan Malvuccio

Posted at 05:08pm
Know you are loved....The Malvuccio, Lyons and DuPont Families
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