Clement Gillis

Obituary of Clement Alexander Gillis

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Clement Alexander Gillis March 27, 1936 – March 26, 2024 Glace Bay, N.S. With sadness and broken hearts, we the family of Clement Alexander Gillis of Glace Bay, announce his passing from lung cancer with his family by his side at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Born in Glace Bay on March 27, 1936, he was the son of the late Ronald “Rannie” and Catherine “Katie” (Spencer) Gillis. He spent his life living and working in Glace Bay; he was a miner with the No. 26 Colliery and Dominion Colliery. After the mine, Clem worked at the Steel plant and attended Marconi Campus before going to work for the town of Glace Bay. A hard worker his whole life to support his family, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing cribbage with his buddies. Clement married his long-time love Alice on November 30th, 1968, at St. Anthony’s Church in Glace Bay. He will be greatly missed by those he leaves behind. Clem is survived by his daughters; Sandi (Oscar) of Membertou, Joanne, Crystal (Craig) Amanda (Joe) and Carrie (Joey) of Glace Bay. Clem’s special nephew, Kent, who helped take care of him at home; He will be missed by his sister Bernice MacDonald (Antigonish). His grandchildren, Michael (Christina), Matthew, Christopher, Taylor Danae (Stefan), Tracy, Joseph, Kayleigh, Chloe, Lucas, Tamara, Alex, Emma, and Mackenzie. He will also be missed by his buddy, great-grandson Connor, and his baby brother Tucker. As well as a number of nieces and nephews. Also left to mourn are his brother-in-law Wayne and sisters-in-law Patricia, Helen, and Florence. Clem was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Alice (Drinkwater) Gillis; brothers, Sheldon and Alister and sister Jackie. Brothers-in-law; Jim, Leo, Walter, Richie, Earl, Colin, and Arthur. Sisters-in-law; Ethel, Hazel, Audrey, Jean, Shirley, and Genevieve. As well as a brother, Ronald, and grandson Nicholas, both in infancy. The family would like to thank the palliative care staff at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital for their care, comfort, and kindness during our dad’s final days. Honoring the family’s wishes a private family service will be held at a later date.
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