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Michael Francis Gillings May 17, 2020 Michael Francis Gillings, 69, passed away on May 17, 2020, in San Diego, CA. A graduate of Assumption Academy, he had worked at various restaurants in the Syracuse and San Diego areas for over 40 years. He is survived by his brother, Thomas A., Liverpool, and sisters Kathleen A. Ceglie (John), Braintree, MA, Mary T. Gillings, Raleigh, NC, and Margaret M. Gillings, Mattydale, as well as his niece, Mary E. Sullivan (Brian), Avon, MA, and nephews, Robert J. Ceglie (Nicole), Charlotte, NC, and Michael C. Ceglie (Renee), Braintree, MA. He also leaves behind 3 great-nieces, 4 great-nephews, and had a special bond with Timmy Sullivan. He is also survived by many cousins, and friends – Mike never met a stranger. He is predeceased by his parents, Robert C. and Edythe M. and his brother, Patrick J. Gillings. Services and interment will be held at a later date. KEEGAN-OSBELT-KNIGHT Knightfamilyfuneralhome.com Please sign the guestbook at syracuse.com/obits
Published in Syracuse Post Standard from May 19 to May 24, 2020.
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May 24, 2020
My best memories of Michael are from way back in the days before California. He was an uncommonly gracious and gregarious man, a deep soul who within moments of meeting you could put you at ease and make you feel special. Laughter came to Michael as easy as breathing and he was always generous with praise and warmth. In those early days it seemed that the world was his oyster. On the long and winding road from those days till now there have been victories and disappointments, angels and demons, love and heartbreak, but Michael carried the weight as good as any and he kept the faith better than most. One of the last times I saw him was at his mothers 90th birthday party. He still had his boyish good looks and those unforgettable penetrating prankster eyes and within moments, as always , he put me at ease and made me feel special.
My condolences to Tom, Peggy, Mary, and Kathy.
Peace and love,
Mike Malone
Mike Malone
May 24, 2020
Thank you to all who posted. I know he felt the same way about you, Diane. He will be sincerely missed, but never forgotten.
Margaret Gillings (Peggy)
May 24, 2020
Michael, his brother Pat my brother Ted and I spent much time at their house forming many fond memories. A sad lost but they will remain in my mind.
Neil A Black
May 23, 2020
Mary, Peggy and Gillings Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. My sincere condolences.
Colleen Havill Reed
May 22, 2020
Michael was kind, sensitive, and had a great sense of humor. He could make anyone laugh.
My sincere heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Michael - spread your wings and fly!
Cathy Brochu
May 21, 2020
Will always remember Michael as one of the loveliest human beings to have walked this earth.
Diane Dooley
May 21, 2020
Mike was a nice guy and great classmate... my condolences to his family
Pat Dawley Howe
ACA Class of '68
Patricia Howe
May 21, 2020
Peggy, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family as you celebrate Michael's life.
Carolyn Stillman
May 20, 2020
He was a classmate and friend of mine. He was a real sweetheart and will be missed. ♥ RIP.
Denise Pagano
May 20, 2020
Rest in Peace old friend. I still laugh at the jug wine incident, I always remeber your great sense of humor.
Chuck Lincoln
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