James Leo Gillen

  • Born: January 2, 1932
  • Died: March 26, 2018
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

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Manchester, NH 03104

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Tribute & Message From The Family

James Leo Gillen, 86, of Manchester, NH, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Monday, March 26th, 2018, at the Hackett Hill Healthcare Center. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, on January 2nd, 1932, son of the late John and Ellen (Dolan) Gillen, who immigrated to New York from Ireland.

Jim graduated from St. Michael's High School in Brooklyn, Class of 1950. After high school, he served in the United States Army in the Korean Conflict. He went on to study accounting at CUNY Baruch College and graduated in the class of 1960. Jim worked as an accountant for many years, retiring from BASF Industries.

Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, Yvonne (Bugdonis) Gillen; his brother Michael Gillen and his wife Alice of Lakewood, NJ; his daughter Anne Gillen of Greenville, MS; his daughter Diane Dwyer and her husband Patrick of Bedford, NH; and three grandchildren, Erin, Shannon, and Ryan Dwyer. He was predeceased by his sister, Helen DiGrazia.

SERVICES: Visitation will be held at St. Catherine of Siena, 207 Hemlock Street, Manchester, NH, on Monday, April 2nd at 10am with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am. He will be laid to rest at the New Hampshire State Veteran's Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, he would like donations to the Birch Hill Employee Appreciation Fund, 200 Alliance Way, Manchester, NH, 03102 or Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, Marycrest Convent, P.O. Box 658, Monroe, NY 10949.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Yvonne, Diane, Ann, Pat, Erin, Shannon and Ryan. We wish so much that we were there with you today. We are holding you close in our thoughts. May happy memories and the love of your friends and family help you through the most difficult of times.
Love, Joe, Lisa, Jess, Jake and Nana

Posted by Joe and Lisa Wojenski - Holden Beach, NC   April 02, 2018

Dear Yvonne, I just opened my email and Don and I were so saddened to see of Jim's passing. I am thinking of you and your family. Sending you a big hug and prayers. I'll be in touch. Love, Nancy

Posted by Nancy Argus - Liverpool, NY - Friend   March 30, 2018

Diane, As you and the family work through your grief in the coming weeks be sure to celebrate his life and always, always cherish his memory. My thoughts are with you and your family this week.

Posted by Scott Buttram - Windham, NH - Friend   March 30, 2018


Dear Diane & family, So deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Christine Bardsley - Hudson, NH - Friend   March 30, 2018

Dear Yvonne and family, sending you all love and light . Will always remember Jim's kind smile and his devotion to his family and friends. It's truly been our honor knowing him and he will be truly missed.

Posted by Ken and Jill Greenwood - Salt Lake City, UT - Family Friend   March 28, 2018


We are so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man. Our prayers are with all of you. Love the Van Anglen Family.

Posted by Kathy, Bill and Sean Van Anglen - Bedford, NH - Friend   March 28, 2018

Michael and I are so sorry to hear about Uncle Jim. Sending our condolences and wishing your family peace in the days to come.

Posted by Ellen DiGrazia Belkin - Freeport, NY - Family   March 28, 2018

Sorry for your loss Dwyer family. I am sure he is resting well now. Sincerely the Laves Family.

Posted by Carol and Joerg Laves - Bedford, NH - Friend   March 27, 2018

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