Bradley J. “Brad” Gillis

November 25, 2018

Bradley J. “Brad” Gillis
U.S. Veteran

US Army

Bradley J. Gillis – of Woburn, Sunday, November 25th, at the age of eighty-one. Beloved husband of the late Anne M. Foley. Loving father of Joanne M. Whittaker, her husband John of Haverhill, Maureen A. McRae, her husband Christopher of Woburn, Kevin B. Gillis of Chelmsford, Brian E. Gillis of Woburn and the late Shawn J. Gillis. Cherished “Grampy” of Sean, Matthew and Kyle Whittaker, Ryan, Lauren, James and Justin McRae, and Aidan, Ronan and Loudon Gillis. Dear brother of the late Joan, John, Edward, John, Dorothy, Virginia, John Jr. and William. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, December 1st at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, FRIDAY, November 30th from 4-8 p.m.   Remembrances may be made in honor of Mr. Gillis, to the Minuteman Senior Services, 26 Crosby Drive, Bedford, MA 01730.  For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

Bradley “Brad” Gillis, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away Sunday evening November 25th at Winchester Hospital surrounded by his family, after a brief illness over the last few months. The beloved husband of the late Anne M. (Foley) Gillis, he was eighty-one years of age.

Born in Boston, Brad was the son of the late John E. “Chester” Parsons Sr. and Christina (McCormick) Gillis. Brad moved to Woburn in his early to mid-teens, graduating from Malden Technical Vocational School in 1955. Upon graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army where he proudly served his country until the late 1950’s. During his time in the service Brad became quite a boxer and shared a fine reputation as both an outstanding soldier and sportsman.

Upon his return home, Brad began working at a gas station in the south end and later became the owner. One rainy day this lovely woman named Anne drove in needing windshield wipers. A conversation ensued, and the windshield wipers were on and off Anne went. Several days later, she returned to the station, a date was made and in 1962, they married! They made their home in the Horn Pond section of the city, in the same home where Anne was born and raised, and where they have remained to present day having raised all their children there.

They brought five children into the world and Brad was an extremely proud yet humble Dad. In raising their children Brad worked two jobs, having sold the gas station. He began working for US Postal Service, serving over the years in both Woburn and North Reading to provide for his family while also working for over a decade at the Winchester Country Club where he maintained the club’s pristine conditions.

Many summer vacations were spent at Lake Winnipesauke, in New Hampshire, Canada, and other New England locations where the family always had a great time.

An avid sportsman, Brad always enjoyed following all the Boston sports teams, especially the Red Sox and Bruins, all the local Woburn and Methuen sports teams that his grandchildren played for, and professional golf. Brad also enjoyed a good game of golf throughout the years with family and friends.

When his wife Anne became sick, Brad was at her side throughout her illness. He was her caretaker, making and taking her to appointments, keeping her comfortable, happy, attentive, well-loved and at home during this time spanning over ten years.

Brad was truly a man of great love and of precious faith. Life’s journey was never easy for Brad. Having lost his parents at an early age, his son Shawn, and later his wife Anne, Brad kept the faith and shared a beautiful love of family all throughout his years. From his wife, children and oh so special grandchildren, who called him “Grampy”, and whom he adored, sharing in all their special activities, educationally, athletically and religiously; he loved them all, leaving a very special place, in each of their hearts!

Sadly, in addition to his parents, Brad was predeceased by his siblings, Joan, Edward, John, Dorothy, Virginia, John Jr, and William, his beloved wife of forty-seven years Anne (Foley) Gillis and loving son Shawn J.

Brad is survived by his devoted children, Joanne M. Whittaker, her husband John of Haverhill, Maureen A. McRae, her husband Christopher of Woburn, Kevin B. Gillis of Chelmsford, Brian E. Gillis of Woburn along with his cherished grandchildren of Sean, Matthew and Kyle Whittaker, Ryan, Lauren, James and Justin McRae, and Aidan, Ronan and Loudon Gillis.  Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. 

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, December 1st at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, FRIDAY, November 30th from 4-8 p.m. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, December 1st at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, FRIDAY, November 30th from 4-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in honor of Mr. Gillis, to the Minuteman Senior Services, 26 Crosby Drive, Bedford, MA 01730. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. Muratore Family

    The entire Muratore family expresses our deepest condolences to The Gillis Family. We have fond memories spending time with the family when we were younger.
    God Speed

  2. Dear Gillis Family, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Brad. He was a kind & caring person. He is now with your mom. May he rest in the arms of our beloved God. RIP Brad. Love, Angelo & Carol Amico

  3. Bridin & Bartley

    To all the family,

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Our Condolences to all the family. Our Toughts and Prayers are with ye for the coming days and months. Thinking of ye

    Bridin & Bartley……. Inishmaan, Aran Islands, Co. Galway

  4. Anne ( Kenney) DeLuca

    My condolences to Brad’s family. He was a caring man and wonderful husband to my friend, and his wife Anne. I always looked forward to visiting him when I returned to Woburn for St. Charles’s annual reunion. may he rest in peace. Anne DeLuca

  5. I am fortunate and thankful to have known Brad as a man with a selfless, giving, caring and encouraging spirit. He will be missed by those who’s lives he touched in some way, and remembered with a deserving smile.

  6. Paul and I are still in florida, but want to say how sorry we are about Brad. We always considered Brad our good and loyal friend. He will be missed.
    Paul and Joyce McDonald

  7. Joanne, John and family,
    So sorry for your loss, your are in our prayers and thoughts. Here if you need anything.
    Love Tricia (Reynolds)Kelly and family xo

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