(A link to the live-streaming of Tom's service on Tuesday October 20 from 1-3pm will become available approximately 5 minutes before the scheduled events at the top of this page, anyone will be able to attend the live-streaming, due to Covid rules only a few immediate family members will be at the service in person)
Tom passed away at home after a courageous battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis/Hypertension on Tuesday October 13, 2020. Driven by hope, determination, a positive outlook, and his zest for life, Tom was able to surpass his original prognosis 3 years longer than expected.
Husband to Mary Buligan- Gillespie, Brother to Joan (Art) Brownlow, Elenore (Gary) Lewis, Bob (Barb) Gillespie. Father to his 3 children; Scott (Laurel) Gillespie, Doug (Tara) Gillespie, Diane (Glenn) Mason and Stepson Paul Buligan. Grandfather to Laura (Tom) Gies, Grant (Jen) Gillespie, Austin (Allie) & Michael Gillespie, Trent & Cole Gillespie, Ryan & Jaime Mason, Sophia & Charlotte Buligan and Great Grandchildren, Mathew and James Gies. And furbaby Finnegan.
Tom was a passionate, hardworking and a successful Entrepreneur. He always loved talking about new ideas and plans for the next project. Tom looked forward to the daily phone calls from his close friend Carson Bell. His friendly voice and witty humour provided lively conservations.
Tom loved sports including Golf, Football, Tennis, Hockey, and recently found a new love for Online Poker. Tom was an avid golfer and a long-time member of Scarboro Golf Club for 40+ years. He met many special lifelong friends; including one of his best friends Ken Fulton, the Head Golf Professional. He also volunteered his time for many years as Greens Chairman on the Board of Directors. He enjoyed working with the CNIB as a mentor for visually impaired golfers. He also designed a golf course in Ontario and caddied in the Canadian Open.
Tom is known for “lighting up the room”. He loved a good party, in fact he would make any excuse to have one. He cherished every one of his friends and adored all his family. He could not wait to tell you his stories and jokes. In fact he would be laughing halfway through his joke even before he finished.
He will be dearly missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the West Park Health Centre in Tom's memory at www.westpark.org