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William Peter Gilluly


1946 - 2020
William Peter Gilluly Obituary
William Peter Gilluly passed away on February 6, 2020, at the age of 73. Born on April 3, 1946, to Helen Astrowsky and James Gilluly in the East NY section of Brooklyn, endured at an early age the loss of his father to illness. Guided by his step-father, Edward Krysiewicz, Bill proudly served in the US Navy during the Vietnam years (1964-1969), and in 1970, joined the NYC Transit Signal division retiring in 1997 at 51. Known affectionately as "Billy" or "Willy T.A.", it didn't take much to make him happy. Billy was easy going – he never complained about anything; he enjoyed life and lived it on his own terms. To Bill, life was a party and he lived it out loud. Those who knew Billy loved him for his sense of humor, acerbic dry wit, his kindness and generosity; he had a good heart. In his later years, as life presented him myriad health issues, he faced these challenges with humor and his middle finger in its face. Predeceased by his parents and only sibling, brother Edward 'Ward' Krysiewicz, Bill is survived by Kruszewski and Krysiewicz family members, and recently found but un-met cousins of the Jane (Gilluly) Carmody family. He leaves behind the many friends he made in life from Howard Beach, Queens and Mastic Beach, LI (with fond affection for Buddy and Carolyn Hofmann and family, Tom and Maureen Fitzgibbons, John Hayden, Eddie Schnepf, the Petersen family, the Greta Fischer Tucker family, the Floyd Franklin family, the Mastic to 38th Ave., Bayside, Queens transplant crew, and Noel and Gina Gerace), the Forrest family of Hampton Bays, LI - his chosen extended family, and those who loved and cared for him during his sunset years in Cape Coral, FL - lifelong friend and caregiver Kevin Forrest, and cousin Carol Tobler and family. An ordinary life well lived by an unforgettable man. We will miss you Billy Gilluly; rest in peace.
Published in the Daily News on Mar. 15, 2020
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