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July 14, 2022

Raymond Gillis of Kitchener, formerly of Ripley, died July 14, 2022, at the age of 90. Predeceased by wife, Helen; son, Raymond; son-in-law, Manuel Amaral; brothers, George and Doug; and sisters, Shirley (Melski), Mary (Gillis) and Tessie (White). Survived by his siblings, Butch, Michael, Willena, Gerry and Anne. A proud ‘Cape Bretoner,’ doting husband and father, and proud grandfather, great-grandfather, baby-whisperer, musician, counsellor and friend. Always a gentleman. The patience of Job combined with a quit wit – he was the person in the family often sought when you needed to talk, highlighting the path to arrive at your own destination. He was a daily supporter of Tim Hortons, and always had an ear for a stranger. Dad was a seasoned storyteller with comical memories of more difficult times that had you yearning for more. He shared a passion, his for harness-racing with his brothers that seemed to shorten the miles between them. He loved to reminisce of the 27 road trips out east. His legacy will live in the memories of his surviving children, Joan (Tim) McCormick, Diane Amaral, Janet, and Audrey (Rob) Halter; and his grandchildren, Jennifer, Holly, Cheyne, Jessica, Alex, Rachel, and Tommy; and great-grandchildren, Allie, Sara, Mea, Hughie, Harmony, Lexi, Aaron, Becca, Julian, Paige, and A.J.; and great-great-grandchild, Aria. You will always be his pride and joy. A special thank you to Dr. Damian Gunaratne, the Kincardine hospital staff, and the team at RVilla for the incredible care Dad has received over the years. Going back to Cape Breton was fondly referred to as going home, but “home” for Dad was where my Mom was. Joined at the hip for 61 years, with a united front, facing whatever life dealt them. With Mom, Dad is truly home. As per Dad’s wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be a private family celebration. On-line condolences may be made at