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Obituary for James Milne Gillespie

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James Milne Gillespie “Dave”, 77, of Lower LaHave, passed away peacefully, sadly missed by family, on Monday, June 9, 2014 at the Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg.

Born in Dundee Scotland on January 16, 1937, he was the only child of James and Violet (Milne) Gillespie.

He was very proud having attended school at the Morgan Academy and went on to serve as an engineer working with his father at the hydro power plant in Dundee. Jimmy was called up towards the end of the Korean War and served as a mechanic on the ground with the RAF. He joined the Merchant Navy as a junior engineer and worked up the ranks. With British India Steamship he spent over 3 years, sailing between various ports in India and also spent a year in Ghana and sailed on one of the first factory freezer ships.

Jimmy came to Canada in 1970 to work for HB Nickersons, Riverport, as a shore engineer for the scallop fishing fleet. He worked for various shipping companies, finishing off with Provmar Fuels (Hamilton Energy), a division of Upper Lakes Shipping, a newly formed company to fuel the Great Lakes Ore Carriers, that called into the port of Hamilton, ON. One of the highlights of his career was fueling the Queens yacht, the HMS Britannia.

He had a fondness for his pets, especially his Great Danes and cats, Toots and Thomas.
In his earlier years Jimmy was a golfer and curler and was a great cook of Chinese and Indian curries. An avid reader, he enjoyed crossword puzzles until a stroke damaged his eyesight.

Active in his community, he served on the board of the local SPCA and was a member of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Rose Bay. Jimmy was a life member of St. David Lodge, # 78 Dundee, affiliating with Charity Lodge No. 69, Mahone Bay, receiving his 50 years jewel and a 25 year member of the Eastern Star Chapter 38, Bridgewater.

Jimmy leaves behind the love of his life, Doreen who were married 52 years. He liked to say “he went into hospital to have his appendix out and left with a wife (theatre nurse)”; sons, Stuart (Michelle), Rose Bay; Derek (Rachel), Westin, Berwick; Graeme, Mahone Bay; grandchildren, Devin, Katie, Danielle, Brittany, Alex, twins, Maggie Mae, Charlie Sue; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Noah, Kyla, Logan, twins Alayah and Haylee, Hayden and leaves behind cousins in Scotland, David and Aileen. He will be sadly missed by all those he left behind.

A special thanks to the Medical Ward at Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg, Dr. Zwicker, Penny Zwicker, Kevin Grandy and Marion Mawhinney.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213, Hwy #3, Lunenburg. A graveside committal service will be held 11:00 am, Tuesday, July 15, in Shepherd’s Hill Cemetery, Riverport, Rev. Laurence Mawhinney, officiating.


In lieu of flowers donations in James memory may be made to the Diabetes Association of Nova Scotia, The Lunenburg County SPCA or to St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Rose Bay.

Life Story for James Milne Gillespie

James Milne Gillespie “Dave”, 77, of Lower LaHave, passed away peacefully, sadly missed by family, on Monday, June 9, 2014 at the Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg.

Born in Dundee Scotland on January 16, 1937, he was the only child of James and Violet (Milne) Gillespie.

He was very proud having attended school at the Morgan Academy and went on to serve as an engineer working with his father at the hydro power plant in Dundee. Jimmy was called up towards the end of the Korean War and served as a mechanic on the ground with the RAF. He joined the Merchant Navy as a junior engineer and worked up the ranks. With British India Steamship he spent over 3 years, sailing between various ports in India and also spent a year in Ghana and sailed on one of the first factory freezer ships.

Jimmy came to Canada in 1970 to work for HB Nickersons, Riverport, as a shore engineer for the scallop fishing fleet. He worked for various shipping companies, finishing off with Provmar Fuels (Hamilton Energy), a division of Upper Lakes Shipping, a newly formed company to fuel the Great Lakes Ore Carriers, that called into the port of Hamilton, ON. One of the highlights of his career was fueling the Queens yacht, the HMS Britannia.

He had a fondness for his pets, especially his Great Danes and cats, Toots and Thomas.
In his earlier years Jimmy was a golfer and curler and was a great cook of Chinese and Indian curries. An avid reader, he enjoyed crossword puzzles until a stroke damaged his eyesight.

Active in his community, he served on the board of the local SPCA and was a member of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Rose Bay. Jimmy was a life member of St. David Lodge, # 78 Dundee, affiliating with Charity Lodge No. 69, Mahone Bay, receiving his 50 years jewel and a 25 year member of the Eastern Star Chapter 38, Bridgewater.

Jimmy leaves behind the love of his life, Doreen who were married 52 years. He liked to say “he went into hospital to have his appendix out and left with a wife (theatre nurse)”; sons, Stuart (Michelle), Rose Bay; Derek (Rachel), Westin, Berwick; Graeme, Mahone Bay; grandchildren, Devin, Katie, Danielle, Brittany, Alex, twins, Maggie Mae, Charlie Sue; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Noah, Kyla, Logan, twins Alayah and Haylee, Hayden and leaves behind cousins in Scotland, David and Aileen. He will be sadly missed by all those he left behind.

A special thanks to the Medical Ward at Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg, Dr. Zwicker, Penny Zwicker, Kevin Grandy and Marion Mawhinney.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213, Hwy #3, Lunenburg. A graveside committal service will be held 11:00 am, Tuesday, July 15, in Shepherd’s Hill Cemetery, Riverport, Rev. Laurence Mawhinney, officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations in James memory may be made to the Diabetes Association of Nova Scotia, The Lunenburg County SPCA or to St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Rose Bay.

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