John Chris Gillis

John Chris Gillis

Thursday, January 10th, 1952 - Thursday, December 27th, 2018
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It is with heavy hearts that the family of John Chrysostom (Chris) Gillis announce his sudden and unexpected passing at the age of 66 on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at home. Chris is survived by his loving wife Branka. He will be sadly missed by his children Kristin and Brian (Kristen), and by Branka’s children Peter (Diane) and John (Claire). Dear Papa to Neven, Ethan, Roman and Olivia. Grandpa to Sheena Rose. Also mourning his loss are his siblings Gerald Gillis (Pauline), Winston Gillis (Debbie), Marie Bilof (Harry), Sheila McDermott (Jim), Neil Gillis, Florence Gillis, Mike (Mely) Gillis and Roy Gillis. Uncle Chris will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Chris is predeceased by his first wife Rosalie (née DiRisio), his parents Duncan Gillis Sr. and Olive Marie( née MacPherson) and by his brother, Duncan Gillis Jr (Letricia.) A long time teacher, Chris will be remembered by many students at York Catholic District School Board. He and Branka had recently moved to Guelph to be near their grandchildren but were previously longtime residents of Milton where they were devoted members of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and Third Order Heralds of the Gospel. Visitation will take place at McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home on December 30, 2018, from to 5pm to 9pm. A mass of Catholic burial will take place at Milton’s Holy Rosary Catholic church on December 31, 2018, at 12.30pm, followed by interment in Assumption Catholic Cemetery in Mississauga. Reception to take place at McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home. Donations to the Heralds of the Gospel in lieu of flowers would be appreciated.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, December 30th, 2018 | 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday, December 30th, 2018 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
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  • Service

    Monday, December 31st, 2018 | 12:30pm
    Monday, December 31st, 2018 12:30pm
    Holy Rosary Catholic Church
    139 Martin Street
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  • Interment

    Assumption Catholic Cemetery
    6933 Tomken Road
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  • Reception

    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
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Private Condolence

Camille Mittermeier

Posted at 10:52am
To all his family, especially the children. I was a young teen when my father passed away, and like your father he was that joy filled, helpful, involved Dad whose sudden death shocked the many communities that he was a part of. Chris reminded me so much of him, It was especially hard to hear of his passing. You do not grieve alone, and I am sure that just as my father found ways to ease my pain, your Dad will send many saints and special moments to help carry you thrOugh. God Bless you at this difficult time, Salve Maria!
Camille And Richard Mittermeier

Joanne MacNeil

Posted at 09:31am
Condolences to the whole family. Sorry to hear of his sudden passing. xo

Norma and Anthony Segreto

Posted at 06:24pm
Kristin and Brian so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad .Many years have passed however we have memories of your dad as a loving and good man . Cherish your memories and God bless you both.

Chris & Penny Hurst

Posted at 04:54pm
Dear Branka
Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. Only God can know what you are feeling in your heart now, and only He can restore your spirit and He will. Remember Our Lady is our best consoler. Chris was a kind and giving soul and will always be remembered fondly. Eternal rest grant to Him oh Lord and let your perpetual light shine on Chris. May his soul Rest In Peace. The Hurst family

Heartfelt Sympathies

Posted at 02:04pm
To Branka and all of Chris’ family - we are so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful man of deep faith.
Our prayers and hopes are with you.
Ron, Mary, Irene, and Katie.

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