Robert "Whitey" Gillis
WORCESTER - Robert "Whitey" Gillis, 64, of Worcester, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from complications of cancer.
Whitey leaves his mother, Rita C. (Maloney) Gillis, two brothers, Jack Gillis and his wife Sandra of Sarasota, Fla., and Thomas Gillis and his wife Melanie of Sterling, a sister Mary and her husband Al Capone of Lincoln; five nieces, Jennifer Capone of Littleton, Elizabeth and her husband Brian Crowley of Arlington, Pamela and her husband Kit Gray of Marina del Rey, Calif., and Ashley and Alexandra Capone, both of South Boston; three great-nieces and three great-nephews. His father, Walter F. Gillis Jr., died in 2009.
Whitey lived in Worcester all his life. He was a graduate of St. John's High School in Shrewsbury and Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was an outstanding outfielder and hitter, and was a captain of the varsity baseball team at both schools. He was a Telegram & Gazette All-Star at St. John's, and was named to the Eckerd College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Whitey was also an All-Star in the Cape Cod Baseball League, playing for the Falmouth Commodores.
For many years, Whitey owned and operated the 401 Club, a restaurant in Marlborough.
There will be a funeral Mass Saturday, August 26, at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 25 Fales St., Worcester. Burial will be private. There are no calling hours.
The Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, is directing arrangements.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2017.