ELLIS, Gilbert Yancy, Gilbert Yancy Ellis, 80, a lifelong resident of Tampa, FL died Tuesday, July 8, 2014 of a short unexpected illness. He was born January 29, 1934 in Washington, D.C. to Paul Ellis and Christie Wright Ellis and was the youngest of five children. Gil was raised in Tampa and attended Hillsborough High School, where he was an outstanding member of the golf team. He enrolled at the University of Florida, but left to join the United States Army, where he completed Officers Candidate School as a Second Lieutenant and was later promoted to Captain. Gil was a member of The Episcopal House Of Prayer Church, where he met and married Sheila Nowotny in 1954. He returned to Tampa from Fort Ord, California in 1956 to assist his father in establishing Ellis Construction Company, Inc. and eventually became President. He was a member of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. and served as President for two terms. Gil's interests included the Gator Club, flying, travel, and golfing with his friends at Carrollwood County Club. Gil was also an avid reader, history buff and animal lover. He is survived by his children, Karen Ellis (Joel Greenstein), Amy Ellis and Keith Ellis, to whom he was a dedicated and loving father and mentor. Other survivors include his grandchildren, Kate Ellis and Joshua Ellis; sisters, Maryhelen Clague and Pauline Ellis; many loving nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Boots. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, July 12, 2014, 2 pm at Carrollwood Country Club, 13903 Clubhouse Dr. Interment will be a family ceremony at a later date. Donations may be made to ASPCA or St. Judes Childrens Hospital.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 10, 2014