Obituary of Bruce Gilliard
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George Bruce Gilliard let go of the Earth on May 27. He was predeceased six days ago by his wife of 60 years, Louise Gilliard. He was also predeceased by his parents, George and Melvina, Aunt Mabel and brother, Warren. He is survived by his son and daughter in law, Bruce and Susan Gilliard, daughter Josephine Schiff, and grandson Nicholas.
Born and raised in Teaneck, NJ, he attended Teaneck High School and graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Agriculture. He began working as a bank teller at People’s Trust in Hackensack, and remained with them in their various incarnations working with trusts and estates until his retirement. After marrying Louise Pittenger, they settled in Oakland NJ, where they would live for 50 years, before moving to Cedar Crest in Pompton Plains.
His backyard garden was legendary, producing incredible vegetables all summer long. He was active in the Brigade of the American Revolution participating in living history re-enactments. He looked forward to vacations on Cape Cod, visiting Heritage Plantation, and eating ice cream at the Sundae School.
He remained devoted to our mother, and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in February.
The family would like to thank the home health aides and staff of the Caring People agency, and Compassionate Care Hospice, who took amazing care of both of our parents in their final months and weeks.
Burial will be private, due to current Covid 19 directives.
Donations in Bruce and Louise’s name can be made to St.Albans Church (outreach or Altar Guild), 1 Church Lane, Oakland, NJ 07436