John J. “Jack” Gill

January 5th, 2013

John J. Gill, well known as “Jack” to his family and friends, a long-time resident of Tewksbury, died peacefully surrounded by his family at the Parkland Medical Center in Derry, NH on January 4, 2013, following a lengthy illness.  He was 56 years old.

Jack was born in Boston, MA, on April 10, 1956, he was the dear son of Edward G. and Carolyn (Bruce) Gill.  Jack was raised and educated in Chelsea, MA, and was a graduate of Chelsea High School.

Jack married the love of his life Nancy A. Hamilton in Chelsa, MA in November of 1979 and the couple moved to Tewksbury where they raised their beautiful children.  Family was everything to Jack, he was devoted, dependable, caring and loving.  He cherished his role as husband, father, father in law, and especially “Papa”.

Jack loved to attend countless family celebrations, holidays, trips to Florida and camping trips with family and friends; whatever the occasion and no matter his physical condition due to illness Jack tried his best to be there and he was always so proud of his family.

Prior to illness forcing his retirement at a young age, Jack worked as a machinist for many years at the General Dynamics Company.

Jack will be fondly remembered as a “fighter”, he never gave in to his illness and still continued to find the strength to help others.  Jack spent many hours volunteering at Local Heroes, he was a true Patriot and was extremely proud of our men and women serving the country.  Jack loved to help with Veterans causes, participate “side car” in  motorcycle runs, and countless fund raisers over the years.  He made many candy dishes over the years to use at the fund raisers and he made sure to decorate them with each branch of service represented.

Jack was a member at the Tewksbury Knights of Columbus but would often be seen also helping out at the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus in Wilmington.  Jack had a great personality and made many friends at each council, everyone loved Jack.

Jack’s other talents included woodworking, drawing, painting, and he made many “wood cutouts” for family and friends, which will be forever treasured.

Jack will be fondly remembered as a “Huge” sports fan; the Boston Bruins being his favorite, but he enjoyed taking in countless football and baseball games as well.  He will also be remembered as outgoing, friendly, he had a great sense of humor, and he was truly giving and kind.  Jack had a way of making everyone feel welcome and he will be truly missed by all who knew him.

Jack was the beloved husband of Nancy A. (Hamilton) Gill, devoted father of John Gill & his wife Dani and Jillian Gill & her fiancé Jae McLellan all of Tewksbury, loving “Papa” of Bailey and Cameron, dear son of Edward and Carolyn (Bruce) Gill of North Weymouth, brother of Stephen Gill & his wife Veronica of Amesbury, Robert Gill & his wife Cindy of Mansfield, Laurie Drew & her husband Barry and Lisa Gill all of North Weymouth, Michael Gill & his wife Tonia of Foxboro, son-in-law of Harold & Dot Hamilton of Chelsea, Jack is also survived by his sister-in-law Cheryl Odenweller of Stoughton, as well as many other brothers & sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, friends, and godchildren.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, January 8th from 4-7 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Jack’s memory may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA.


7 Entries in Guest Book for “John J. “Jack” Gill”

  1. Lou and Marion says:

    Nancy and family,

    We are sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He was a great guy who loved to support the men and women serving overseas with Local Heroes.

    We were happy to call Jack a friend and he will be greatly missed.

    Lou, Marion, Louie, Nick and Brittany

  2. Laurie Drew says:

    Going to miss my big brother. So many memories that will never be forgotten. As a young girl you let me hang out in your room and listen to your music. Peter Frampton, Gary Wright, etc. to sneaking me into clubs to hear Sass to watching you get married & thinking Nancy was taking you away from me only to fall in love with Nancy myself and having great times with both of you on weekends at your house to trips to the cape & camping and so on. Those memories will never be forgotten. I love you very much, your “fav” sister. My thoughts are with Nancy, John & Jillian. Stay strong for Jack. It’s what he would have wanted us to do for him. Love you guys!

  3. cheryl says:

    I will miss you always! you are the best brother in law ever.. I was lucky and honored to have you in our family. Maybe I’ll be able to get a date for your funeral! I love you.

  4. Denise Soper Burson says:

    I am sorry to hear about your husband passing yesterday.

  5. mike gill says:


  6. Pamela O'Connell says:

    We only shared a few times with jack, but enjoyed his easy smile and laugh. His love for his family was quite obvious as was the love hr received in return.

    In sympathy,
    Pamela, Scott, Darby, Shea and Cullen O’Connell

  7. Fran Alexander says:

    Forever the optimist! Your spirit lives on. Wishing your family strength in fond memories. RIP

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