Francis James Gillan, WW II Veteran, passed away peacefully at The Gardens, Parry Sound, on Wednesday, August 17th, 2022. Age 98 years.

Beloved husband of the late Nina. Dear father of Lynne Barrett. Loving Grandpa of Daniel (Val). Loving Great Grandpa of Bradee and Rorri. Predeceased by his brothers and sisters. Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Cremation, with a Celebration of Life and a Veteran’s Service at the Bala Legion on Sunday, September 11th, 2022 from 1:00 - 5:00 P.M. Interment Torrance Cemetery.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.


I first met Francis nearly 40 years ago in connection to a hunting group we were part of at Boot Lake, north of Sudbury. He treated me as a younger brother and then my son Spencer came along and they formed a "father/son" relationship that also lasted throughout the years. Francis was always entertaining to talk with and to the end, he was as sharp as a tack. I believe he was most at ease when he was "at camp" with the boys. Even though he is no longer with us in body, I know that he will always be watching over me at the camp and wherever I am. A true friend to the end. Trusting you are at peace Francis- thank you for all we enjoyed together.

-wade mathew

I was saddened to hear of Francis’ recent passing. I have fond memories of hunting with Francis at the Boot Lake Hunt Camp over the years. He will be celebrated and remembered as an individual who lived life to the fullest.

Rest easy my friend,

R.C. Royal

-Ryan Royal

Heart felt condolences to Francis' family and friends. He was a long time member of our club and had a friendly competitive nature. RIP Francis. Your friends at Gravenhurst Curling.

-Gravenhurst Curling Club

Thoughts and prayers to you Lynn and Daniel and your whole family.

-Betty North

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Francis.
I used to be his cleaning lady in Gravenhurst.
He was a very witty man and always made me laugh with a joke or two. I adored him.
Sorry for the loss of this wonderful man.
...Cindy Conway

-Cindy Conway

My most sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your dad. I met your father a few years ago while helping him look after his feet. I always enjoyed our visits. He was a kind, funny and generous man…I miss our visits.

-Janet Kamerman

I was saddened by the passing of a special friend. I had known Francis for a brief time, but enjoyed our times together going to the Y for our fitness exercises. Everyone at the Y loved Francis, and at his age he was an inspiration to the younger generation. HIs quick wit and humour were spontaneous. It was a pleasure being his friend and I will miss our times together at Richard's coffee shop and exercising. Bon Voyage my friend. Lynne, Daniel and the great grandchildren, my condolences he was a good man and made my time with him a great adventure.

-Brydon Richards

My condolences to the family. Francis was a sweet man. He always made me laugh when I worked at The Gardens.

-Karen King