John Gillis

John Alexander "Alex" Gillis

Thursday, June 16th, 1988 - Saturday, September 19th, 2020
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Gillis, John Alexander (Alex)

Alex passed peacefully on September 19, 2020 at Mount Sinai Hospital, in his 33rd year after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his grandmother, Wendy Archibald, mother Cathy Gillis, sister Rebecca Gillis (Karl Brown) and his nephew Logan Brown along with many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Alex had a special place in his heart for his girlfriend Diana Cerovich. Alex is predeceased by his father John Gillis, his grandfather Ronald Archibald and Nova Scotia grandparents John A. and Marion Gillis.

Alex had an infectious belly laugh that would bring a smile to everyone’s face. He shared his Dad's love of music, playing both drums and guitar. Alex felt a very strong connection to his Cape Breton’s roots. He would have loved one more trip down east to spend time with family and friends. Alex had a group of close, long term friends that meant the world to him and were of great comfort over the last year. He enjoyed his time with his family and connecting with his cousins. Alex had a deep appreciation for his Uncle Phil, Aunt Rose and Owen who graciously opened their home to him over the last year while he was in treatment.

Our family would like to express our sincere appreciation for Alex’s medical team lead by Dr. Abdul Razak at Mount Sinai Hospital. This is an outstanding team of professionals that are compassionate, sincere and caring. Alex was very fortunate to have you as his team. He could not have received better care anywhere.

Donation to Canadian Cancer Society
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Ashton McMaster

Posted at 04:21pm
Alex was always a good humoured fellow who everyone always enjoyed being around when he worked with us at Walters Music. He was helpful and kind with staff and customers and was happy to assist anyone. Meeting him around town always was with a welcoming smile from him and a genuine pleasure on his part. He's been taken from us far too soon and he will be missed by his family members and his many friends alike. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends and I pray that God will send them peace and comfort as the go forward with this big void in their lives. May God bless all of you. Ashton McMaster

Jacquie Rowsell

Posted at 08:08pm
Cathy, Rebecca and family. I was remembering yesterday, Alex's laugh and the good times we all had at the townhouses. His laugh was definitely infectious. He was always so good with Carman. We are devastated and our hearts are breaking for you all. Alex, fly high with the angels, and play some good tunes with your dad. We will never forget you.

Jacquie, Don and Carman

Doreen McDonald

Posted at 07:32pm
Cathy and family. Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of Alex.

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