Robert E. "Bob" Gillies
GILLIES, ROBERT E. "BOB", 73, of Lady Lake, FL went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004. He was born in Boston, MA to the late Thomas L. and Marie H. Gillies in 1930. He graduated from Reading High School, Reading, MA, where he was known as "Bud" Gillies. He attended Northeastern University for a year before serving his country in the Korean War. He was enlisted in the Air Force from 1951-1955. While in the service, he played hockey for the Fairchild Jets. He returned to MA in 1955 and worked for New England Tel & Tel. He moved his family to Central Florida in 1966 and transferred to Bell South Telephone Company where he was employed until he retired in 1982. He belonged to the Bell Duffers Golf Assoc. and was Chaplain for two terms for the Telephone Pioneers. He started his second career in 1987 when he was the oldest recruit to go through the Orange County, FL Police academy. He graduated in the top ten and became a Corrections Officer. He served the county for six years before moving to a retirement community in Lady Lake. During the 1970's, Bob coached boy's baseball for the Winter Park Colt League, taking them to state competition three times. He also coached his daughters, Gigi and Sandy, on Valone's Gulf softball team for many years, and Sandy on the Corsairs women's softball team, taking them to Regionals in Alabama. Later he worked with high school girls fast pitch softball, helping a number of them to earn scholarships to college, like his youngest daughter Sandy. His later years were spent playing golf and assisting Coach Frank Griffin at Stetson University with the fast pitch women's softball team, which he enjoyed doing so much. He also enjoyed doing family genealogy research with his daughter Gail. Bob was a member of First Baptist Church of Lady Lake. He studied the Bible and loved the Lord. He is survived by his wife of 48 1/2 years, Nola Sue Gillies; daughters, Gail Walsh and husband Keith, Orlando, Gigi Gillies-Donahue and husband Bobby, Orlando, Sandy Gillies, Charlotte, NC; grandsons, Ryan Pappas and wife Beth, Longwood, Logan Donahue. Orlando; great grandson, Brennen Pappas, Longwood; and many friends. A memorial celebration of Bob's life will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, 2004 at 4PM at First Baptist Church of Lady Lake, 432 HWY 466, Lady Lake, FL. Dr. Paul Harsh officiating. Private inurnment with full military honors will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Bob's name to one of the following: First Baptist Church of Lady Lake, PO Box 207, Lady Lake, FL 32158, Stetson Softball, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., Deland, FL, 32720-3770, or Hospice of Lake and Sumter, Inc., 12300 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778 A very special thanks to the Hospice nurses, especially Lucy and Judy. Beyers Funeral Home, Lady Lake, FL 352- 753-4444.
Published by Orlando Sentinel from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17, 2004.
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Mrs. Gillies and Sandy- I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Gillies was an extraordinary man. I am so grateful to have known him and received his generous guidance. Focus on all your wonderful memories of him and let them comfort you, knowing he is in a better place. God Bless.
Kristie (Kaiser)Odom
February 20, 2004
Sandy... Kay and I wanted to offer our deepest condolences about your dad. We feel as though we've gotten to know him through you. What a wonderful man and a blessed life. We know that because he left his legacy in his children and you're a wonderful friend.

You're in our thoughts and our prayers.

Myra Jones & Kay Bonham
Myra Jones
February 19, 2004
Sandy--We have never met your family, but have suffered with you during your Dad's illness. Our hearts go out to you and your family. We know how much he was loved.
Pete and Charlie Fink
February 18, 2004
We are all so blessed to have known Mr. Gillies. He was a great example of how men should live their lives. He was a great dad as well as surogate dad to many. I am sorry for your loss but take comfort that he is in a wonderful place now. If there is a softball team in Heaven we know who one of the coaches will be.

Wendy Bridegroom (Leist)
Wendy Bridegroom (Leist)
February 18, 2004

I am sorry about the loss of your father. You are in my prayers.

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Julie Bond - Lux
February 17, 2004
Sue, My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
I'm not sure if you remember me, but I worked with you at JCPenney in the Winter Park Mall. We had some funny times.
God Bless you and your loved ones.
Your friend,
Shawn Booth (Farley)
February 17, 2004
Sandy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Beth Womack
February 17, 2004
Im very sorry
Megan Morris
February 17, 2004
Sandy, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I know how much he meant to you!! If you ever need a friend you have plenty here at AE/CVS.. Cheri
Cheri Prince
February 17, 2004
Sandy you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Laura Nicoll
February 17, 2004
I am so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers.
margherita guilford
February 17, 2004
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