James William Gill

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James William "Jim" "Bill" Gill passed away on December 19, 2007 after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his brother (Bob) as well as his father and mother (John Paul and Florence). James "Jim" "Bill" was born in Albuquerque, NM on August 27, 1924. As a small child the family relocated to Bisbee, AZ and eventually settled in Phoenix. Jim attended St. Mary's Grade School. At the age of 14, as a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop #40, he saved the life of a neighbor who had fallen on an electrical wire. This action earned him recognition by the Boy Scouts and the Knights of Columbus. He met and fell in love with Veronica "Betty Jane" St. Martin. They married on his 24th birthday in 1948. They raised a beautiful family of five children. Jim was employed with Reynolds Aluminum for 33 years as a mill-wright; he retired in 1984. He was a Scout Master with Post 5, Phoenix Indian School Roosevelt Council Explorer Scouts. Jim enjoyed woodworking (especially at Christmas); He was a "jack-of-all-trades", able to fix or repair anything. He loved spending time at the Swallow Mine near Wickenberg where he and his partner had staked a claim. He was a true and loyal friend - always there when you needed him. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Betty Jane; his five children Jim (Charlotte), Chris Metelski (Mike), Janet Nellis (Tom), Pam Nedrow (Randy), and Mary Kay Cooper (Jeff); 9 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren; 3 sisters - Rosemary Reichenberger, Pat Adams, Betty Peterson (Pete) and sister-in-law Mary Gill. Visitation will be 6-8pm Friday, December 21, 2007 at A.L. Moore Grimshaw Mortuary, 710 West Bethany Home Road, Phoenix. Funeral mass will be 10am Saturday, December 22, 2007 at Sts. Simon & Jude Cathedral, 6351 N. 27th Avenue, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice Inspiris, 2025 N. 3rd Street #205, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 21, 2007
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