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Edward A. "Eddie" Gillis, Jr.

Wrentham, Edward A. “Eddie” Gillis, Jr., age 61, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Thursday, June 22, 2017, with the comfort of his loving family.

Eddie was born in Quincy to the late Anne B. (Delforno) and Edward A. Gillis, Massachusetts State Police, Retired.  He had lived at the Wrentham Developmental Center for many years.

Eddie enjoyed his many years of employment with the “Redemco” program at the Wrentham Developmental Center.

He participated in Special Olympics events, including track and bowling.  Eddie loved music and dancing and enjoyed watching wrestling and cowboy movies with his late mother, Anne.

Eddie was proud of his strong Catholic faith and was a former longtime altar server.

Devoted brother of Cheryl A. Gillis-Smith and her husband Bill of Braintree, Shawn M. Gillis of Pacific Palisades, California, Debra L. O’Neil and her husband Darren of Hanover, Erin M. Gillis and her partner Edward T. Quinn of Scituate.

Loving uncle of Ryan Smith, Brittany Bigelow and her husband Cory and their daughter Haley, Shawna Foster and her husband Jason, D.J., Devin, and Dylan O’Neil, and Effie Quinn.

Eddie is also survived by his dear cousin, Michael Sadlier of Quincy and his cherished Wrentham family.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Thursday, June 29th at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours at the funeral home on Wednesday 4 – 7 p.m. Interment Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Edward’s memory may be made to the Wrentham Developmental Center, 131 Emerald Street, Wrentham, MA 02093.

The Gillis family would like to acknowledge and thank Eddie’s many caregivers and friends at the Wrentham Developmental Center.  Their love and caring support has been greatly appreciated.

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July 25, 2017
Eddie was such a special part of our Christmas each year when he attended the Christmas Party in Bellingham. Our children and grandchildren would always ask me to make sure Eddie was coming and spent extra time picking out his presents. He always made us laugh, loved to dance and hug and would be the life of the party. We will miss him tremendously.

~ The Ranieri Family


July 20, 2017
Dear Cheryl, Debbie, Erin, and Family, So sorry to hear about Eddie's passing. I remember his lovely, positive spirit, especially when helping with Mass at Wrentham! He had a great life with his family and also with his Wrentham family. God bless. Colleen

~ Colleen Lutkevich


June 29, 2017
Dearest Eddie we will always remember your loving spirit and sense of humor. You will remain in our hearts always.

~ Donna, Lisa, Joe & Cassie


June 27, 2017
Eddie it was a pleasure having you part of my WDC family, you were a fun loving person with an incredible smile and a zest for life. I hope you walk freely with the angels. To Eddie's Family, thank you for sharing such a beautiful person with us. I hope you find peace with your memories you share.

~ leanna


June 24, 2017
Cheryl, I am so sorry to hear of Eddie's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.💜

~ Linda Babine


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