Sympathy Saturday — Miss you Dad

Gilbert McClung Gillespie’s (1940-2010) grave site at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, Lexington, Virginia 1

Two years ago today my sisters, my stepmother and my Uncle Paul were with my Dad as he spent his last hours on this planet after fighting a 3 month battle with Leukemia.

We buried him a few days later in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery where many generations of his ancestors are buried.

Dad and I didn’t always see eye to eye on things. :-)  But we did love each other.  He gave me my love of history and genealogy.  This we always had in common.  We had planned a research trip for the summer of 2010 that we never took.

Obituary from the Culpeper Star Exponent 2

I miss you Dad.


1. DeHaan, Michael, Photo of Gil Gillespie’s Grave, 1 Aug 2010. Copy help by Anne Gillespie Mitchell, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], California, 2012.
2. “Gilbert McClung “Gill” Gillespie Jr.,” The Culpeper Star-Exponent (Virginia), 30 Jul 2010, Web Edition, ( accessed : 27 Jul 2012).

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7 thoughts on “Sympathy Saturday — Miss you Dad

  1. Jacqi July 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm Reply

    Anne, having just traveled back east and spent the morning at my mother’s graveside, I can totally relate to what you are saying and feeling in this post. May your father’s memory live on in the many loves and tendencies he has passed along to you.

  2. Jana Last July 28, 2012 at 8:45 pm Reply

    Anne, so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad two years ago. My dad passed away three years ago from cancer as well. I miss him too.

    Your love of history and genealogy is a wonderful gift your dad gave to you.

  3. Anne Gillespie Mitchell July 29, 2012 at 5:47 am Reply

    Thank you both. And I am sorry for your own pain. Fortunately, we practice a profession/hobby that allows us to keep those we’ve lost alive.

  4. Heather Wilkinson Rojo August 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm Reply

    So sorry for your loss. I lost my Dad 10 years ago this week, too. So nice that you can blog about it. I haven’t reached that stage myself, even though I’ve blogged about hundreds of other family members. Peace…

    • Anne Gillespie Mitchell August 4, 2012 at 7:32 am Reply

      Heather I am sorry for your loss as well. I think losing our parents is one of those things that time does not make better. I found it very hard to blog about, but I wanted to remember him. Thanks for sharing.

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