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1000 Mentor Avenue Painesville, Ohio 44077

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6330 Center Street Mentor, Ohio 44060

Ted D. Gillespie

01/26/1943 — 07/03/2020

Ted D. Gillespie smiling for a portrait photo while in his uniform

Ted D. Gillespie, age 77 of Painesville, passed away July 3rd, 2020 at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland. He was born January 26th, 1943 in Canton, Ohio to the late Melvin and Louella Gillespie.

Ted graduated from Jefferson Union High School in 1961. He is a U.S Army Veteran, honorably serving during the Vietnam Conflict in the 1st Calvary Division. He is a proud fireman who retired in 1993 from the Cleveland Heights Fire Department after 25 years of service.

Ted is the loving husband of 27 years to Nancy Gillespie; beloved step father of James T. (Elizabeth) Stairs, Lynne Marie Booth, Regina Trout and the late Larissa Ann Stairs; dearest grandfather of Erik James (Melissa A.K.A. – Baby Girl) Pucci, Sestina Eve Stairs, Christopher Booth and the late Jennifer Booth; brother of Cheryl (Ramon) French, Charlotte (Dennis) Morris and the late Donald Robert Gillespie; uncle of seven.

Celebration of life services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Jeff Monreal Funeral and Cremation Services.

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14 Replies to “Ted D. Gillespie”

  1. So sorry for your loss Nancy. Prayers are with you all


  2. Den & Diana Ellinwood July 8, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    A fun time brother in-law.


  3. Hurricane, you were a great fireman and I always knew you had my back. I learned so much from you. RIP Brother


  4. God bless


  5. Gary J Primozich July 9, 2020 at 10:02 am

    RIP Hurricane


  6. Mike O’Neill July 9, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Rest peacefully Ted. Your burden has ended.


  7. Bob & Bev Martin July 9, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Ted and I have been good friends for over 50 years. We worked, camped and boated together. There are numerous stories to tell! I could always count on Ted for anything I needed. Ted will be dearly missed by myself and my family. R.I.P. “Hurricane”


  8. Marcia Goddard Fraley July 10, 2020 at 2:24 am

    I was a classmate of Ted Gillespie in the 1961 graduating class of Jefferson Union High School. Although I did not know Ted well I enjoyed his laugh and sense of humor. I send my sympathies to his family…


  9. Frank Huscroft July 10, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Sorry for your lose. Ted was a fellow classmate and a good friend to all.


  10. Brad Campbell July 10, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Rest In Peace Fast Ted.


  11. My deepest condolences to the family. Ted was a true once-in-a-lifetime special person. There’s a Hurricane in heaven now.


  12. Charlotte morris July 11, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    My brother Ted was uncle to Tim and Kevin (Vanessa) Morris as well as Jason (Kelly) French and Tiffany (Dan) French-Guzman. Great uncle Ashley Morris, Jackson Morris, Cameron Morris, Tim Jr Morris, Addison, Greyson and AJ French.

    We loved and will miss my brother Ted. ~~sisters, Charlotte Morris, Cheryl French


  13. Lynne (Platt) Link July 13, 2020 at 4:41 am

    Dear Charlotte Morris, I know your brother meant the world to you. He served his country and his family well. May he now rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus. Take comfort in the many great memories you have of him. Love, Lynne (Platt) Link


  14. Mom,
    words can’t express know sadden I was to hear about Ted’s passing. I’ve always enjoyed spending time with Ted when we would visit. He was one of a kind!! Funny, thoughtful, caring man. I will miss him much and my thoughts are always with you. Ted will remain in my heart forever.
    I love you much,
    your daughter Lynne


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