John passed away peacefully and suddenly at his home in Waterloo on Thursday, May 26th, two days after celebrating his 67th Wedding Anniversary and a weekend at his beloved Southampton. He will be watching over his “old gal”.
John is survived by his loving wife Geraldine (nee Geoffrey), son Robert Gillies and his wife Connie of Thornhill, sisters-in-law Gert Gillies of Waterloo, Norma Gillies of Marmora, Carole Larrett (husband Gary) of Skead, and brother-in-law Gerry Geoffrey (wife Carmen) of Coniston. He will be deeply missed by his many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers Don and Ken, brothers and sisters-in-law Sonny (Jacquie) Geoffrey, Mary (Ray) Lang and his nephews and niece.
John served proudly in the Canadian Armed Forces for 26 years including a posting in Sinai, Egypt in the Signal Corp. He was employed by the University of Waterloo for 19 years after settling in the K-W area.
A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.
Condolences for the family and donations in John’s memory to the A.R. Kaufman YMCA of which he was a longtime member can be arranged by contacting the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.