John "Jay" Gillern Jr., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital, Cornwall, N.Y. He was 48.
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Son of Caroline Mendonca Gillern and the late John J. Gillern Sr., he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 22, 1964. John was a Security Lieutenant at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, N.Y. He worked at MSKCC for over 28 years and took great pride in his job. Through the years he developed many special friendships.
There are many ways to describe John "Jay" Gillern. Mostly he was a loving family man whose true pleasure was spending time with his wife, Jackie, of 20 years, his twin daughters, Kirsten and Jennifer, his brothers and sisters and extended family and friends. Jay's personality and character was one that you just couldn't help loving him. He would walk into a room full of people with his upbeat conversation and many jokes and turn a stranger into a good friend in a matter of minutes. He was extremely sensitive and had a heart to help those in need without looking for any recognition. To his wife, daughters and family he will forever be their world, light and inspiration. We love you, Jay!
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline A. Dempsey Gillern; daughters, Kirsten Marie and Jennifer Ann Gillern, all of Washingtonville, N.Y.; his mother, Caroline Gillern of Old Forge; brothers, Robert L. Gillern of Honolulu, Hawaii; Michael S. Gillern and his wife, Karen, of Scranton; sisters, Roxanne Grizzanti and her husband, Michael, of Clarks Summit; Kimberly Escobar of Massapequa, N.Y.; father-in-law, John W. Dempsey of Green Ridge; nieces and nephews.
He was also predeceased by a sister, Robinlynn Powell; and his mother-in-law, Elizabeth M. Dempsey.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 at Smith, Seaman and Quackenbush Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Ave., Monroe, N.Y. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 at St. Mary's Church, 42 Goshen Ave., Washingtonville, N.Y. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Washingtonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gift of Life Program, 401 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19123.
Funeral arrangements by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush Inc. Funeral Home., www.ssqfuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 11, 2012