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.