Dr. Matthew J. Gilliss
1977 - 2021
BORN
1977
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Evoy-Banasz Funeral Home
129 White Horse Pike
Haddon Heights, NJ
Dr. Matthew J. Gilliss

Haddon Heights - Matthew J. Gilliss, D.O. age 44 of Haddon Heights, NJ a primary care physician and partner in an Advocare practice in Mt. Laurel, Williamstown and Vineland died tragically in a motor vehicle accident in Cherry Hill, NJ during a storm Sunday evening, April 11, 2021.

Matt leaves his beloved wife of 14 years, Dr. Heather Crawford and their three treasured children, Gavin, Gabriel and Bella. He was the youngest child of his late parents, Dr. Alfred G. "Doc" and Barbara (nee Roller) Gilliss, Jr. He also leaves: his brothers, Dr. Adam (Peggy) and Dave (Cathi) and a sister Amy Gilliss McCausland; his in-laws, Joe and Jeanne Crawford; sister in-law and brother in-law, Dawn and Kristian Bligh and their son, Dean. Also survived by one niece and several nephews; a great-niece and great-nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation, Saturday 9:30-11:30a.m. at EVOY-BANASZ FUNERAL HOME, 129 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights, NJ. A memorial mass will follow 12:00p.m. at St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church, Fourth Ave. and Kings Highway, Haddon Heights, NJ. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to: The Spine Institute Foundation, wwwspineinsttute.org

Covid 19 safety precautions will be observed at the funeral home and church.



Published by Courier Post from Apr. 14 to Apr. 15, 2021.
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17
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Evoy-Banasz Funeral Home
129 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights, NJ
Apr
17
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12:00p.m.
St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church
Fourth Ave. and Kings Highway, Haddon Heights, NJ
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I just found out about this last night and have been grieving and imagining with deep sadness what your family must be going through... I was a patient with Dr. Gilliss for many years. He was, plain and simple, a really good doctor. It's taking a lot to try to comprehend that he is gone. Thank you Dr. Gilliss for all your care over the years, for your poker face jokes that helped me get through tough things, for your insight into female realities in a way that can be rare for male doctors, and which you attributed humbly (and probably accurately) to learning from your wife's work and brilliance as a doctor herself... I wish you could have been here so much longer to support many more patients with your mixture of upbeatness and seriousness, with your in-depth explanations that were fascinating, insightful, and given in a way I could understand and relate to as a budding healing worker myself. I will always admire how passionate you were about your work, about practicing medicine. You will be greatly missed. And to your family... I am so, so sorry this happened, and I wish you every comfort and all possible healing. I know it is a wound that will never heal... May you find more and more moments of peace and of relief as time goes on. May you find what you need. You are all in my heart and prayers.
Carly F.
November 16, 2021
My heart is so heavy today with grief, as I just found out about Dr. Gillis. He was sooooooooo nice, caring and professional. I was looking online for the office number, because I have a new phone, and I had to do a double take. I am really going to miss him. My sincere condolences to the family.
Daphne Dunn
Other
August 3, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss. He was my favorite doctor of all time, always wonderful to talk to and very kind and knowledgeable.
Rebecca
Work
June 28, 2021
Just received a call from the office informing me of his tragic passing. Matthew had been my doctor of the last 4 years or so, and I was quite comfortable with him and found him to be an excellent doctor. My condolences to his family and friends.
Michael Silva
Acquaintance
May 21, 2021
Like many, notified through my healthcare insurance that there was a change and called the office to discuss only to be told the terrible news of his passing. My Doctor for many years he was a true gentleman and elicited the trust one always expects to have in a Doctor. My sincere condolences to his family whom I know he loved very much. A real sad ending to a life well lived..... God bless you.
Colin Passey
Acquaintance
May 17, 2021
How tragic such a beautiful soul to be separated from his family whom he loved with every fiber of his being.
I will treasure the time I got to spend with him in Louisiana when he rode a bus down to baton rouge and spent a week in the swamp with me and my husband. Even though we had only typed to each other over the internet.
I could not have been more proud of him and his accomplishments if he had been one of my children.
At age 50 he taught me to ice skate and we taught him to shoot guns. He was a natural.

Matt will be missed by many.
May God give you all the strength to make it through this difficult time.
Josie Girouard
Friend
May 16, 2021
Dear Heather, I was looking up something else, and I found this. I saw your husband’s age, and I was grieved. Then, I read on and saw your name. I am so very sorry to read of this horrible tragedy and to imagine what it must be like for you and your children. God is with you, and you can be assured of my grief for you and my prayers. There is no right or good thing to say in a time like this. I know that. I can only pray and ask God to help you and your children to know how very close Matthew is to you all as you live on. Matthew means “gift from God.” May you and all who grieve continue to feel the gift of his presence though it is now unseen. St. Rose of Lima, pray for my dear old friend and her family. Valerie (Hunt) Eilers
Valerie Hunt
Neighbor
May 16, 2021
I just called to make an appointment and was told that Dr. Gillis had passed away.....I am heartbroken for his family as well as his patients... Dr. Gillis has been my doctor for 10 years...He was the only doctor to help me with a chronic condition I have....His intelligence and caring personality made him a rare physician in this day and age.... I will miss his quick wit...our discussions of how our families both loved DisneyWorld but mostly his genuine care about my health and well-being....My deepest condolences to his wife and the three beautiful children whose pictures were proudly displayed all over his examining room....Dr. Gillis...you will be missed.
Bonnie Kauffman
Acquaintance
May 13, 2021
I just called to make my appointment and found out that my treasured doctor died. My most sincere condolences to the bereaved family. He will be deeply missed.
Paulette A Wilson
May 12, 2021
Dr. Gilles was one of the finest doctors and people that I have ever met. He always found time to help and to listen. Even though I only knew him for a year he treated me like family. We will miss him greatly.
Gary Herman
Friend
May 11, 2021
My entire family were patients of dr Gilliss and are so saddened to hear the news. His kindness and compassion has left a lasting impression on us and I hope his family finds solace knowing his memory lives on through all the lives he’s touched. I find myself lucky to have met such a caring doctor and ultimately a loving soul.
Anonymous
Friend
April 27, 2021
I am in shock and disbelief at this sad news. I was a patient of Dr. Gillis. We both used to laugh at how we were the type of people that didn’t like going to the doctor. He understood me. He diagnosed me with something that has changed my life dramatically. I am forever grateful to him. My deepest sympathy for his family, especially his wife and children. I didn’t know you, but I feel like I did. He always mentioned one of his family members and there were always current pictures hanging in the exam room.
Wendy
Acquaintance
April 21, 2021
I am so desperately sorry for all of his family members, friends and his second family, his family at his office. I can't believe this but I was just talking about him to my friend 3 days ago. He was such a wonderful Doctor and human being. He had such a dry sense of humor and I always spent my appointments laughing at his terrific humor and sharp wit. I will miss him so much. I send my condolences to all who had the blessing of knowing such a wonderful man.
Sharon E. Thomas
Friend
April 21, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. He was the kindest, polite, and nicest person and doctor. He listened and took the time to explain everything. Please accept my deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Remember all the great and loving memories you have to help you through this time. My heart aches for your family. He will be missed.
Kim Karafonda
Acquaintance
April 19, 2021
Matt always was one of the most polite and nicest people I have known. May the Lord bless your family during this time of need. I will miss you Matt
Joseph Campgna
Classmate
April 19, 2021
Dear Gilliss Family, Crawford, Bligh and extended families, we are so very sorry and sad to hear of Matt's passing. Please accept our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. May the loving memories of Matt and the love you have for each other give you strength in these days ahead. Thinking of you all and praying for the Lord's peace and comfort to surround you and lift you up. Much love to you all.
The Koehn Family
Neighbor
April 19, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rose Mirabella
Acquaintance
April 18, 2021
Dr. Gilliss was an excellent doctor who took the time to listen and work with his patients. He took the time needed to answer each and every question with a kind and patient demeanor. I will miss him and his exceptional care. Condolences to his family.
Diane Holden
Acquaintance
April 17, 2021
The entire Gunn family
April 17, 2021
To the entire Gillis famiy—

The Petrillo family sends our sincere condolences. Our prayers for his
his children, dear wife and the entire family will continue. Prayers for peace for your souls and understanding. Heaven has gained a special soul along with his dear parents.

God bless you all
Steven and Barb
Friend
April 17, 2021
I want to express my deepest condolences to Dr Gillis family and friends. I was just sick when I saw his obituary. He was my doctor for a long time and I liked him so much. He always took the time to talk to me and I was so comfortable with him. Such a tremendous loss. I will pray for his family.
Catherine Koestel
Acquaintance
April 16, 2021
The Ferren Family
April 16, 2021
Romeo and Jill Ventura
April 16, 2021
Michael/Nutaitis Family
April 16, 2021
So so sad and shocked about Dr Gilliss!!!!!! God Bless his family! He has been my physician for years but also someone who would listen and guide you in the right direction.... will miss his medical and caring guidance. God Thinking how hard it will be to find another like him! Don’t want to!!!
Faith Walter
Acquaintance
April 16, 2021
I was a patient of Dr Gilliss for a long time. He was a good doctor and someone I trusted and who I could talk to about anything. I am so heartbroken for his family will keep them all in my prayers.
Catherine A Koestel
Acquaintance
April 16, 2021
Dr. Gilliss was an amazing physician and mentor for life. He knew how to listen and teach, not jump to a quick treatment.. I admired his intellect, his thorough networking within this region's medical community and, most importantly, his love of family. I never stepped into the office without asking to see updated photos of his children. I truly believe he helped me make proactive healthcare changes a few years ago that saved my life. Forever grateful. My prayers are with the family.
Mary Danielsen VanOsten
Acquaintance
April 15, 2021
I want to send my deepest condolences to Heather, their beautiful children, Matt's siblings, family and friends. Matt has been my physician since he got his license - my entire adult life. From making fun of me for getting a D in my Chinese class in college while adjusting my neck, to cracking jokes about my husband over a decade later. One of my favorite Dr. Matt jokes came at the expense of my husband.. I sent my husband to him when he needed a PCP and the next time I was in the office, Dr. Matt said with the most serious expression, "I met your [viking height] husband. His people definitely conquered our people." I was just a patient of his, but he made a lasting impact on all of our lives with his wit, humor, and genuine caring nature. My family and my parents will all miss him greatly as a doctor and confidant.
Amanda Curnew
Acquaintance
April 15, 2021
He was one of the nicest people I've ever met. My sympathies to his wife, children and family.
Lynn Dwyer
Acquaintance
April 15, 2021
My sincere condolences to the family of Dr Gilliss. I was a patient of his for years. I felt so comfortable with him, I felt I could tell him anything without judgement. We would talk about our families and you could tell how much he loved them and our new puppies, which we both made as new members of our families.
Dr. Gilliss was my doctor and he also felt like a friend and he will be greatly missed.
Steve
Steve Johnson
Friend
April 15, 2021
Matt was an important person in my sons life and a constant visitor to our home in their high school years. His wit and intelligence along with his smile was something we will hold in our heart when we think of Matt. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Heather and his beloved children. God bless you and keep you safe.
Andrea Stohner
Friend
April 15, 2021
Mr and Mrs Paul Stohner
April 15, 2021
I am totally heartbroken to hear this horrible news. Matt has been my doctor forever it seems. He was the best doctor and person you could ever come across. He always took his time with you and went over everything you needed to know about your health. He never rushed you out. He was truly one of a kind. A great caring person and he will be so missed. He has guided me in the right direction in so many of my surgeries. I always asked him before proceeding with any advice from another doctor. He was always there when you needed him. My Prayers go out to Matt's family which include everyone that has been apart of his office since I've known him. Thinking of you all. This is truly a great loss. R.I.P. Matt.
Jackie Battee
Acquaintance
April 15, 2021
I am totally heartbroken to hear this horrible news. Matt has been my doctor forever it seems. He was the best doctor and person you could ever come across. He always took his time with you and went over everything you needed to know about your health. He never rushed you out. He was truly one of a kind. A great caring person and he will be so missed. He has guided me in the right direction in so many of my surgeries. I always asked him before proceeding with any advice from another doctor. He was always there when you needed him. My Prayers go out to Matt's family which include everyone that has been apart of his office since I've known him. Thinking of you all. This is truly a great loss. R.I.P. Matt.
Jackie Battee
Acquaintance
April 15, 2021
I am totally heartbroken to hear this horrible news. Matt has been my doctor forever it seems. He was the best doctor and person you could ever come across. He always took his time with you and went over everything you needed to know about your health. He never rushed you out. He was truly one of a kind. A great caring person and he will be so missed. He has guided me in the right direction in so many of my surgeries. I always asked him before proceeding with any advice from another doctor. He was always there when you needed him. My Prayers go out to Matt's family which include everyone that has been apart of his office since I've known him. Thinking of you all. This is truly a great loss. R.I.P. Matt.
Jackie Battee
Acquaintance
April 15, 2021
My heart is so heavy with the news of the sudden tragic passing of Dr. Gilliss. He was my doctor, my empathetic ear, my counselor, and someone I regarded highly. He was wise & knowledgeable in his medical practice. And took the time to stop and really listen. He was an awesome physician to me and my husband. Getting us through many challenging times before and after children. Sending love, hugs and prayers to his beautiful wife, his 3 children, his entire family and colleagues. We loss a beautiful soul. And, his impact will be felt for quite some time. God bless and again our most sincerest condolences to you. Cameron & Nicole
The Watsons
Friend
April 15, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Dr. Gilliss was a great doctor. He was always compassionate and kind. A terrible loss.
Kathleen
April 15, 2021
My heart is broken right for the Gilliss Family. I send all my Love to You on the loss of Matt. So shocking. I remember years ago being there for your Mother’s funeral - a tragic car accident too. So sad.
I have such lovely memories of Matt as a young boy in 1st grade class at Merchantville as my student. So proud to teach the 3rd Gilliss child, after already taught Adam and Amy in my classes.
May God Bless You All, as You go through this dark journey.
Mrs. Susan A. Masino
Teacher
April 15, 2021
We were among his patients. Mathew was kind, sweet, charming, had a delightful sense of humor. Always made you feel he really cared. A Very good doctor, insightful and empathetic. He was wonderful with my autistic son. A great loss to the community, prayers to his family.
Tara Terminiello
Acquaintance
April 15, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Roland and Claire Holloway
Family
April 15, 2021
Your Friends from Glenview
April 15, 2021
I will always be grateful for Dr Gilliss’ humor and wit. It takes great style to inject a joke into an otherwise serious conversation. I am very sad to hear of his passing. Sending my love and condolences to his family.
Chris Hines
April 15, 2021
In loving memory of a phenomenal PCP, our family is devastated by your loss. Our deepest condolences to the family. Chris and Emily
Emily
Acquaintance
April 15, 2021
Matt was one of my students during his BEP days. Though I haven't seen Matt since his graduation, I have always remembered him with affection--he is one of those people you just don't forget! I remember him as handsome, so funny, and very bright and inquisitive. The prayer and best thoughts and love of so many surround Heather and their beautiful children. and Matt's enitre family and friends.
Suzy Eyler
Teacher
April 15, 2021
I am deeply saddened by this. My heart goes out to the entire family. I will never forget his sense of humor and the things we joked about when I was his patient. Rest easy Matt.
Karen Schenberger
April 15, 2021
Dr. Gillis has been my doctor since he started his private practice with his brother in Merchantville and I followed him to Advocare. My condolences go out to his beloved wife and children. He truly was a wonderful doctor.
Vanessa
Acquaintance
April 14, 2021
Matt was such a great doctor and was always so kind and willing to listen. He was so appreciated And will be missed by my family!
Maria Shannon
Friend
April 14, 2021
Matt was an incredible classmate at Merchantville Elementary School and Bishop Eustace. My heart goes out to the entire family.
Liz Hertneck Stier
Friend
April 14, 2021
My heart is so heavy. Dr. Gilliss was my doctor, my confidant and someone I knew that I could trust completely. My heart is so heavy. I feel selfish missing him for those reasons as my heart truly breaks even more for his wife and children. The world truly lost one of the best...I am praying for all of those whose hearts are feeling empty. I will truly miss you Dr.Gillis.
Tara Segrest-Mastroianni
Friend
April 14, 2021
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