Robert Gillies
1936 - 2016
BORN
1936
DIED
2016
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Paradis-Givner Funeral Home
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Oxford, MA
Robert B. Gillies, 79

Oxford - Robert B. Gillies, 79, of Wheelock Street, died peacefully at home on Friday, April 1, 2016, after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Sharron L. (Lamoureux) Gillies of Oxford; three children, Peter C. Gillies and his wife Johanna Myers of Lowell, Jane S. Pietrzak and her husband Joseph of Dudley, and Jennifer L. Landgren and her husband Donald of Oxford; a stepson, Andre R. Lamoureux and his wife Breanna of Sturbridge; a brother, Charles T. Gillies of Mississippi; a sister, Linda L. Hartung of Woodstock, GA; his former wife, Margaret W. Adams of North Oxford; seven grandchildren, Lori and Michael Pietrzak, Tyler Myers-Gillies, Kyra and Bridget Landgren, Jasper Roche, and Grace Lamoureux; and several nephews and nieces. He was born in Worcester, son of the late Harold C. and Violet D. (Mason) Gillies, and was a lifelong resident of Oxford. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1954, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Clark University in 1959, his Masters Degree in Education from Worcester State University, and his Masters of Natural Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Mr. Gillies was professor emeritus at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, where he was a professor for 49 years. Previously, he was a teacher at Oxford High School and North Brookfield High School, and at Manchester Polytechnic in Manchester, England. Mr. Gillies was very involved in the teacher's union and the Fulbright Alumni Association, along with serving on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Community College Council and the National Education Association. He held several patents for electronic instrumentation and wrote 2 textbooks during his career.

Mr. Gillies served on the Planning Board and the Board of Health in Oxford. He was the former athletic director at Quinsigamond Community College and coached high school sports in Oxford. He was a sports enthusiast and was a season ticket holder for the local Worcester hockey and baseball teams. Mr. Gillies was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and served on the Vestry many years ago. He played in the drum and bugle corps as a child and was a member of Kappa Phi during college. He loved gourmet cooking and enjoyed building models including ships and doll houses.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Grace Episcopal Church, 270 Main St., Oxford. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Quinsigamond Community College Scholarship Fund, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606. Paradis-Givner Funeral Home in Oxford is directing the arrangements.

The family would appreciate anyone who knew Robert to leave a memory of him or story from his life in his online guestbook located at

paradisfuneralhome.com


Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2016.
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As Associate Dean at Quinsigamond Community College I knew Bob as a good friend and very reliable coworker. He always was ready to help students in their career planning and would work with me to open opportunities for them in Computer Technology area. His support was outstanding. Bob will be missed.
Dr. John Doon
Coworker
March 29, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the Gillis family.
Your neighbor Doreen Saad-Sacramone
Doreen Saad-Sacramone
April 24, 2016
May he rest in peace.
Mary Dash
April 9, 2016
Sharron & family,
My sincere condolences & sympathies to you all on Bob's passing.
He was such a good &knowledgeable man who always had a smile to share.Such a big & loyal supporter of our IceCats & Sharks and boy did he love his smarties game in and game out,and we all will miss him very much. I send my comfort thoughts & prayers to you and may you keep those memories close to heart. May Bob rest in peace. He had a great & fulfilling life
Chris O'Shea
April 9, 2016
Bob and I worked closely when I was an Associate Dean at QCC in promoting the Computer Maintenance Program. He was a most dedicated and enthusiatic promoter of his students and his program. He was a good friend and will be missed.
John Doon, Ed.D.
April 7, 2016
Sharon,

I am so sorry to hear about Bob. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

John McGann
April 7, 2016
Sharron,
I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was a great guy to know and I am proud that I did get to know him. He was always a joy to talk to. Qcc has lost a great teacher.
Robert Russell
April 7, 2016
Dear Sharron,
I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was a great guy and a giant in his field, always ready with an interesting story, always innovative and thinking outside the box. I will especially miss the annual musical instrument demo and "jam session" for SCI 108.
Jim Heffernan
April 7, 2016
Bob was a wonderful teacher, mentor, and supporter of all
that is good. He was caring for his students and diligent in
his work for teachers. He will be sorely missed. My heart
goes out to Sharron and Bob's family. Margaret Watson
April 7, 2016
My deepest sympathies to you & your family Sharron. Bob was a great man, and he certainly taught me volumes, not just as one of my professors but as friend as well. I have nothing but good memories of Bob. He will be sorely missed.
April 7, 2016
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family Sharron. To me Bob was a teacher, a mentor and a friend. He was my teacher when I came to Quinsig, he was my mentor when I joined the Quinsig faculty and my friend throughout all my stay at Quinsig. Sharing adjoining offices allowed us to have some wonderful conversations. I'll especially remember Bob this summer as I play the fife he gave me at some of our musters.He was a special person and he'll be missed.
Ron Fournier
April 6, 2016
Sharon,

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. But at least now he is free from pain and will always live on in the hearts of all who loved him.
Jen Schwarzenberg (QCC)
April 6, 2016
Deepest sympathy to Sharron and her family.
Pam Berthiaume
April 5, 2016
To Sharon:
I will remember visting his Oxford home. May he RIP.
Justin Bernard
April 5, 2016
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Joyce Nilson
April 5, 2016
Sharron, I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was a good man who not only made an impact on his students, but also on all union members.
Marilyn Martin
April 5, 2016
Sharon,
I was so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. May he RIP. Hopefully all of his Ice Cat buddies was there to meet and greet him.
Ann Leger
Ann Leger
April 5, 2016
I remember a student telling me that he was a genius....I never heard anything but the best about Bob. He cared about his students and they knew it. My thoughts are with your entire family during this sad time. My hope is that as time passes, the recent images of illness are replaced with long term memories of healthier times.
Take care,
Flo Lucci
Q.C.C.
Flo Lucci
April 5, 2016
My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Colleen Kirley
April 5, 2016
Dear Sharron,
I am so sorry to hear about Bob.
He was a wonderful person.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Lisa West
April 5, 2016
Sharron,
I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Love,
Erica
Erica Merrill
April 5, 2016
Bob,
What an amazing teacher and friend! You would always light up my office when you visited. The stories you had about your students and what they would do in your classes were the best. How they loved you! Stopping by with a sampling of what you cooked over the weekend was always a treat. Boy could you cook! Loved it. The folks in heaven are probably getting a treat right now as you teach them the physics of cooking as well. God Bless.
Victor Somma
April 5, 2016
Sharon,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Maryanne Damico (Quinsigamond College)
April 5, 2016
Sharon,
I am so sorry to hear about Bob. You are both wonderful supporters of QCC and our Basketball teams. He will be missed dearly. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Lisa Gurnick
Lisa Gurnick
April 5, 2016
Sharon,
My deepest sympathy. Bob was a wonderful guy. My prayers are with you all.
Love,
Priscilla
Priscilla Underwood
April 4, 2016
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