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GILLIS, Arthur Charles, Jr. of Braintree, MA died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on April 26, 2017 at the age of 85. Son of the late Arthur C. Gillis, Sr. and Hildegarde (McKenna) Gillis, he is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Jane (McCarthy) Gillis as well as his brother Dana G. Gillis and his wife Ellen of Hanover, MA and his sister Hildegarde A. Gillis of Quincy, MA. He was husband of the late Catherine (Fitzgerald) Gillis. Arthur’s life focus was on his wife, Jane, and their four children and families: Lauren and Robert Durgin of Braintree, Jeanne and Driss Dallahi of Londonderry, NH, Deborah and Paul McMartin of Braintree, and Daniel and Molly Gillis of Arlington. He was the beloved Grandpa to nine wonderful grandchildren: Meghan and Stephanie Durgin, Driss, Tarik, and Amina Dallahi, Alexander (AJ) and Keira McMartin, and Daniel and Holden Gillis. Arthur and Jane moved to Braintree in 1961 and have lived since then as devoted members of the Parish of St. Clare, participating in many factions of the parish: CCD, Eucharistic Ministers, Mr. and Mrs. Club, and the Christmas Poinsettia Program – to name a few. Arthur grew up in the Merrymount section of Quincy. He received a BA degree from the College of the Holy Cross, a Master of Education degree from Boston University and a Master of Library Science degree from Simmons College. A career educator, Arthur was a pioneer in the use of technology in education. He taught as a classroom teacher at the high and middle school level for ten years before entering school library/media programs. He advanced to the position of Director of Library/Media Services with the Quincy Public School system. As director, he was instrumental in introducing the first Apple II computers into the schools in Quincy in the late 1970s. He also taught Library Science courses at Bridgewater State, Simmons College and Boston University. Arthur was active in many organizations including My Brother’s Keeper, Quincy Retirees Association, and the Parish of St. Clare. He was known for his love of adventure, his sense of humor, his warm and genuine smile, and his unwavering commitment and compassion to his family, his friends, and to all those in need. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree. Funeral Mass on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Parish of St. Clare, 1244 Liberty St., Braintree. Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to My Brother’s Keeper, P.O. Box 338, Easton, MA 02356.

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