James Gill, 90, of Douglas, MA and former longtime resident of Salem, NH, ended a long, eventful life on April 1, 2023, surrounded by family. He was born on August 25, 1932 in Philadelphia PA, to James Gill, Sr. and Grace Malarkey. While serving in the Army as a Corporal in the Military Police during the Korean War, he met his wife of 50 years, Jeannette (Guy) Gill, who predeceased him. James leaves behind his family of Michael Gill, Janet Cincotta, Guy Gill and his wife Daphne and Georgiana Mathieu and her husband Bruce. In addition, he leaves behind his companion of 17 years, Anita Ferguson, her son Alex and their grandsons Aidan and Keegan, who shared the second chapter of James’ life with him, along with his best friend Melissa. He was very proud of his grandchildren Matthew, Michael Jr., Mariah, Clayton, and Cole Gill, Daniel and Nicole Mathieu, Jonathan Gill and Gabriela, and Michael and Jeffrey Cincotta. In addition to his parents and wife, James was predeceased by his son James Gill, Jr.
James, also known as Jim, Jimmy, Dad, and Papa to his friends and family, worked as an Engineer at Raytheon Corporation for 35 years and was proud to know the products he worked on protected the warfighters. He was a talented musician with the ability to master any instrument he touched. James especially enjoyed playing the piano, accordion and harmonica. He had a strong creative ability which allowed him to create detailed drawings and paintings and allowed him to fix anything. James also enjoyed dancing, antique cars, motorcycles, and travel. He thought he was the best-looking person that ever lived and drew everyone in with his charismatic personality and storytelling abilities – even if it was the same story he’d told many times before.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, April 12 at 10:00 am at Saints Mary and Joseph Parish, 40 Main Street, Salem, NH, with burial following in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours will be Tuesday, April 11 from 4:00 pm -7:00 pm at the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Veterans Administration at https://www.cdceportal.va.gov/donate_online , the American Heart Association at https://www.heart.org , or to your favorite charity.