GILLIAN, JAMES ROY "JIMMY" 57 - of Somers Point, NJ passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at his home. He was born August 28th, 1956 in Somers Point to Jean (nee Young) and Roy Gillian. Jimmy was a graduate of Ocean City High School class of 1974. He was the former owner of Gillian's Island Water Park and Adventure Golf on the boardwalk in Ocean City. He was a proud member of Ocean City Lodge # 171 F. & A. M. and former member of the IAAPA Amusement Association. He was predeceased by his brother: John David Gillian and step-father: David Simpson. Surviving are his son: Ryan and daughter: Lauren both of West Chester, Pa, wife: Betsy Belleville Gillian of Somers Point, his mother: Jean Simpson, father and step-mother: Roy and Pat Gillian all of Ocean City, two brothers: Steve of Florida and Jay and Michele Gillian of Ocean City. A Masonic Funeral Service by Ocean City Lodge will be offered Wednesday at 12 o'clock noon immediately followed by his funeral service at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 6th Street at Wesley Avenue, Ocean City, NJ where friends may call from 10 o'clock until time of service. Burial will follow Seaside Cemetery, Palermo, NJ. The family suggests those who desire send memorial contributions to the John David Gillian Memorial Scholarship, c/o Ocean City High School, 5th Street at Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, NJ. Condolences, Flower and Information www.godfrey

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Sorry for your loss, my prayers goes out for you in this time of grief. One thing gives my family comfort....the bible's hope of the resurrection.

“There is going to be a resurrection.”—Acts 24:15

God has resurrected humans in the past. -John 11:39-44.

God is eager to do it again. Jehovah hates death; he views it as an enemy. (1 Corinthians 15:26)

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Sharon Tracy

Shocked and saddened at a life taken too soon. What a great person who always was so kind and always had the most infectious smile. May his family and loved ones find comfort in the wonderful memories that I am sure were abundant. Rest in peace Jim, I for one will never forget how kind you were to me my family...

Ronald Young

I'm lost for words, all I can hear is Elton John singing, hey hey Jimmy, cann't you come out to play, Then again, thank God for those piano lessons. Always good to see you,remembering, water sking, swimming (team-mates),skateboarding, riding our bikes! Hey, hey, Jimmy cann't you come out to play. Looking foreward to seeing you again in Heaven. Your Friend Always, Ron

julie orth

All that knew Jimmy, have memories of him like no other. That, we can All agree. His devotion to his children and friends, his extreme passion for music, sincerity, generosity and his humour where just a few things we All Loved about him. Oh, and his smile, how about that smile! As I sit alone and the memories swirl in my head and my heart, I smile. I cry because my dear friend battled an illness for too long. I cry because I will miss him so. My heart hurts but Jimmy is at rest and the pain and suffering are gone. He is in the hands of the Lord, reunited with some of The Best! I'm pretty sure they have Dirty Girl Scouts and some darn good music in Heaven... I love you Jimmy G. Rest easy until we meet again ********* My sincere condolences go out to Jim's entire family and friends.

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