- December 20, 2012
of Jack's Passing
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Shepherdsville, KY 40165
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“Missing Grandpa tonight. Vacation has finally settled down and the emotions have a moment to settle back in.
Thank you for inspiring me to be the...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Robert Cloys - Colorado Springs, CO
“Prayers are with you all. Peace Robin Cadarette and family
2 of 27 | Posted by: Robin Cadarette - Louisville, KY
“I am so sorry to hear of you loss. I will miss Mr. Gillespie wandering down the hall and stopping at my desk to say Hi. He was always so sweet. I...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Tammy - Shepherdsville, KY
“So sorry to hear of Jack's passing. His family has always been great neighbors of ours. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. ...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Ann Knauer - Shepherdsville, KY
“So many good (better than good) memories growing up and as an adult. The summers in Edinboro were the BEST. I will cherish ALL my memories with Uncle...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Sally G Dawson - Converse, TX
“Janet and family,Remember Jack playing softball with the neighborhood kids in the field behind your Pioneer Village house. So much fun for all of us...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Janice Coulter Pendleton - KY
“Patty, so sorry to hear about you loss. I'm thinking of you and your families in thoughts and prayers. Pray the Lord will comfort you during this...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: BJ Wiseman - Georgetown, IN
“Uncle Jack was my only uncle and very dear to me as a child growing up. I remember visiting the family in KY and all us cousins would have a blast...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Dale and Ella MacFiggen - AL
“So sorry for your loss. Uncle Jack was a great man and brought smiles to everyone he touched.
Love you, Uncle Jack! Rest in peace.
9 of 27 | Posted by: Pat Gillespie - Ithaca, NY
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. There are no words to make you feel better, but know he is in that peaceful valley. He can now celebrate...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Terri Joiner - Louisville, KY
“My heart goes out to all of you. I know how precious he was to so many people. Having lost my Dad I have discovered how much he lives through all...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Sarah Nell McDade
“Santa will be sorely missed in Kroger's we( the cashiers and baggers) always looked forward to seeing him our thoughts and prayers go out to the...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Shannon Mcmurray - Hillview, KY
“My memories of the Gillespie family are childhood ones. Growing up in Pioneer Village a small subdivision where everyone knew each other, and played...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Brenda Brown Dillon - Oak Ridge, TN
“I first met Jack and Janet when Corey and Christie got married. I remember that where Jack was involved, there was always a lot of laughter. I know...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Judy Hawkins - Carthage, MO
“Our hearts are heavy for your loss. Know that you are all in our thoughts and in our prayers.v2ppu
15 of 27 | Posted by: Janet and Wayne Coffey - KY
“He gave so much to so many. The greatest of his is gifts .........LOVE.
16 of 27 | Posted by: Sheryl Jones - Greendale, IN
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mr. Gillespie was a wonderful man who brought many smiles to many faces. May the wonderful memories be...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Paula Rust - Shepherdsville, KY
“So very sorry for your loss, prayers to all the family during this holiday season. May you all find comfort and understanding.
18 of 27 | Posted by: Rick, Angie, Carissa and Kaylee Vance - OH
“My memory of Mr. Gillespie and his family is the way he and Mrs. Gillespie interacted with their children and all of us neighborhood kids. So much...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Maggie Vance - Wilmington, OH
“You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
20 of 27 | Posted by: Mark & Robin Kubasik - Erie, PA
“So many memories, so much love...You'll have the best Christmas ever as you celebrate Jesus' birth right there with Him. Love and cherish you Daddy.
21 of 27 | Posted by: Linda - Fayetteville
“I love you, Dad.
22 of 27 | Posted by: Joyce - Beavercreek, OH
“I'm so sorry to hear this. Prayers for your family. God be with you.
23 of 27 | Posted by: A friend
“Joyce and family - I am so very sorry for the loss of your loved one, "The Real Santa". My thoughts and prayers are with you.
24 of 27 | Posted by: Lori Fulkerson - Leitchfield, KY
“Grandpa, I will always remember you as my Santa! You are my very favorite-est part of my childhood. I'm still in disbelief that I'll not get to...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Sarah Smith - Louisville, KY
“Patty I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose one of your parents. My thoughts and prayers are with you.Love, Pam Samuels
26 of 27 | Posted by: Pamela Samuels - Charlestown,, IN
“We are sorry for your lost. Call us if we can help, Robert, Amy, Kayleigh.
27 of 27 | Posted by: robert eddleman - Louisville, KY
Jack A. Gillespie age 79 of Shepherdsville returned to his Heavenly Father on Thursday, December 20, 2012.
Mr. Gillespie was retired from General Electric after 37 years of service. He was a member of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and a former member of the Zoneton Lions Club. Mr. Gillespie played Santa Claus for 25 years in various locations including Opryland, Greenhill's Mall in Nashville and places locally. Fifteen of those years were in the Nashville's Christmas Parade.
Among those who preceded him in death include, his great grandson, Zaine Smith; parents, Samuel and Helen Barthelmes Gillespie; brother, Richard A. Gillespie and sisters, Genevieve Kubasik and Rose Marie Nesbitt.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 60 years, Janet Gillespie; children, Linda Herrmann (Mark), Tom Gillespie, Karen Mahurin (Don), Diane Weird (Louis), Patty Donohue (John), Joyce Cloys (Ken) and Danny Gillespie (Aimee); fourteen grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Monday at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, 903 Fairdale Road with burial in Brookland Cemetery.
Friends may pay their respects on Sunday from 1:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Schoppenhorst Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home (Preston Hwy at Brooks Rd.).
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta or the Salvation Army.