Father’s Day

Today, my father went home to his father.


Donald Neil Gillis

30 January 1929 – 12 June 2018

My dad was born in Rumford, Maine. He graduated from
Stephens High School.
  He was the oldest of five children born to
John A. Gillis and Emelia Marie Carrier.
He is survived by one sister.
(Above, my dad is in the lower right corner.)

After high school, my dad served 18 months in the Maine State Guard.

He was stationed in Korea.
(Above, left.)

Upon returning home, my dad attended the Boston College of Optometry and then moved to southern California. Following are some of my favorite photographs of my dad.

My parents on their wedding day.

My dad playing with his three children.

My parents on my wedding day.

I hope my dad has a joyous reunion with his family.
To my blog readers, thank you for your support these last 6 years. I have decided to discontinue this phase of my career. I have loved and learned from these posts.

Feature image: Ridgefield Washington Wildlife Refuge, a favorite place of my father’s.

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7 Responses to Father’s Day

  1. Susan Hekking says:

    What an awesome tribute to your father. I especially loved the picture with him, you and your brothers. I am sure as there is sorrow on this earth, there is rejoicing in heaven. Beautiful.

  2. Sharon Brown says:

    Kari, this is a beautiful tribute to your father. I am so sorry about his death and know he will be missed.

  3. Karen Cassell says:

    A very sweet tribute to your dad. A daughter and her dad have such a special bond. I know you will miss him. Praying for comfort for you and your family during this hard time.

  4. Eric Rogers says:

    What wonderful photos and a sweet tribute!

  5. Myrth Mills says:

    Kari,
    I’m so sorry to hear of the death of your father, who was so dear to your heart. May you be blessed with comfort and peace. Thank you for your delightful blog posts. I have enjoyed them very much. Wishing you the best in this new chapter of your life.

  6. John Scott says:

    Thank you for your many contributions.
    Am sure your dad is proud.

    • Kari says:

      Thank you, John. One of the volunteers that came to sit with my dad said he bragged about me. That was nice to hear 🙂

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