Donald West Gillis, a Fremont resident for 41 years, passed away on March 14, 2013 at the age of 83. Beloved husband of Camille Gillis, loving father of Ann Clark and husband David of Monterey, Jean Karavidas of Pleasant Hill, Steven Gillis of Martinez, and Peter Gillis and wife Mary of Lafayette. Cherished grandfather of Matthew, Jacqueline, Dominique, and West. He was a lyricist, composer, and producer and was known for creating spiritual music. He loved his family and was an avid bridge player. Donald was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, SIRS, St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Joseph's choir, St. Joseph's Mens Club, and was a Mission San Jose docent. Family and friends are invited to a 10:00 AM Memorial Mass on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at St. Joseph's Church, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA.

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  1. Dear Camille and loving family of Sir Don, as a member of SIR I have fond memories and appreciation of Sir Don’s service as Big Sir, 2009. Sir Don was a friend that we called on to lead activities at SIR functions. I will miss my friend “Sir Don Gillis”, Sir Hugh Twomey.

  2. Dear Camille & Family,

    Our sons became friends, we became friends, time passed you became family.
    Don is a part of our lives, his passing leaves a huge hole in our hearts.
    Michael, Larry & I spent time remembering precious moments we shared with Don, the chuckles, the warmth of reliving those moments began to help heal. He leaves too soon we are so grateful we were at Pete’s B-Day celebration. It was the last time we were with him, he will be greatly missed.
    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
    Larry & Patsy

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