Dr. John "Jack" Francis Gillis

December 26, 1955 ~ April 19, 2020 (age 64)


Dr. John “Jack” Gillis age 64 of Salisbury, North Carolina passed away peacefully on April 19, 2020. Beloved husband to Kaye Denton Gillis. Loving father of John (Sarah), Kelly (Drew), and Luke (Shelby) and loving stepfather to Meagon and Alex. Adored grandfather of John, Anna, Gianna, Luke, and many nieces and nephews. Devoted son of the late Robert and Mary Lou Gillis. Cherished brother of Robert (Marian), James (Deborah), Mary Jo (John), Michael (Maria Jose), Joseph (Denise), and William (Stephanie). A dear friend to all.

Those who knew Jack remember him for his generous heart and his dedication to serving others. As an ophthalmologist for over 35 years, he devoted endless hours of compassionate care to his patients. Jack served in the United States Air Force for 15 years, Iredell Eye, Horizon Eye, and later became a mentor and teacher in the VA Health Care System in SA, Texas and finally Salisbury, NC. He took pride in teaching and had a calling for restoring vision and improving a patient’s quality of life.


Jack had a passion for life, a heart for adventure, a poet’s soul, he was devoted to his faith and his relationship with the Lord. He practiced his Catholic faith through his actions of extraordinary generosity, dedication to others and unsurmountable joy to all he encountered. He will be dearly missed.

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