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Andrew C. Gillis


Andrew C. Gillis

Gillis, Andrew Cornelius - Pinevale


So many plans and not enough time…

It is with unimaginable sorrow that we announce the passing of Andy on August 27th, 2019 in his 72nd year in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish, after 8 months in hospital battling cancer.

No matter how many procedures or needles or medications there was no self-pity, no complaints only a determination to keep going. A kinder, friendlier, more compassionate heart could not be found, as was evidenced by the hundreds of visitors that came to his room. We thank you. Don’t be fooled into thinking he was a pushover. He was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in and could set you straight when necessary. He was in his element telling stories of his days working as a millwright at Stelco Steel in Hamilton, Ontario, befriending many and mastering some of the language and culinary skills of many cultures and ethnicities. He was always a champion for the underdog, a trait that bode well for him and one that he demonstrated so often at Union Local 1005. His interests were as varied as his imagination and nothing was ever done half-heartedly: politics, hockey, martial arts, travelling, hunting, fishing, car racing, cooking (especially lobster), gardening and so much more. After returning to Nova Scotia with his family and travelling the Atlantic Provinces for his work, he retired to his home overlooking Gillis Lake, Pinevale, and took advantage of his time to brush up on the local folklore and genealogy with his father and sampling goodies and doing crosswords with his mother. His home was always open and welcoming to family, friends, and visitors from near and afar. He was a proud Dad and Papa of his children and grandchildren for their accomplishments academically, professionally, and physically.

Those of us left to fill a huge void are: his spouse, Joy Bray; his daughter, Janet’s family: son-in-law, Justin Cunha and granddaughters, Kaidyn and Emmerson;  his son, Andrew (Michelle) Gillis and their children, Andrew and Aaron; daughter, Amy (Mike) Pimentel and their son, Jacob; daughter, Theresa (Jay) Shawana and their children, Tavin, Abilene, Dakota and Harper; daughter, Lacey (Ben) Hall and their children, Jack and Franklin; his sister, Barbara (Alex) Hodgson; brother, Jodey (Sharon) Gillis, sister, Brenda (Cecil) Angevine; sister, Betty Gillis; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and nephews, one great-great niece and three great-great nephews, the Bray family and last but certainly not least his furry best friend "Mr. Tom", his cat. 

Andy was predeceased by his parents, Andy and Frances (McKinnon) Gillis; his daughter, Janet Cunha; and his brother, Donald (in infancy).

The family would like to thank the staff at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital and Sydney General Hospital for their compassionate care.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held Thursday in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, Antigonish, N.S. from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm. At Andy’s request, there will be no funeral, but please join the family for a gathering to honour his life at St. Andrew’s Community Centre on Friday, August 30, 2019, between 2:00 pm – 5:00pm. Family flowers only please.  In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the SPCA.

So many plans and not enough time…

Service Location
Gathering With Family: Friday August 30 from 2 to 5pm in St. Andrew's Community Centre, St. Andrews

Thursday, August 29, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm
Visitation Location
C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College Street, Antigonish, NS

Requested Charity