James W. Gilfillan
January 27, 1927 – March 27, 2017
James W. Gilfillan, age 90, of Newark, DE and formerly of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 27, 2017.
Born in Philadelphia, PA on January 27, 1927, James was the son of the late Thomas and Louvie (Gregory) Gilfillan. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during WWII and then reenlisted with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Following his military service, James and his wife moved to New Castle to begin raising their 5 children. He worked as a block operator for the Pennsylvania Railroad and later for Amtrak, retiring after 38 years.
James was a member of Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church in New Castle. He was the family handyman and he loved traveling with his wife of 62 years. In his retirement, James mastered the craft of stained glass and created many beautiful pieces of art as gifts for family and friends. A devoted and loving father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather, James will be very dearly missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Georgiana Louise (French) Gilfillan; and siblings, Ralph Gilfillan, Howard Gilfillan and Eleanor McLeer. James is survived by his children, James Gilfillan (Diane) of North East, MD, Kathleen Nagle of Newark, Suzanne DelCoglin (Richard) of Newark, Timothy Gilfillan of Sunderland, MA and Joseph Gilfillan (Jeff) of Decatur, GA; sister, Ruth Michel; 9 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:00 am until 11:00 am on Monday morning, April 3, 2017 at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:00 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales, 399 Childs Road, Childs, MD 21916.