Gilley, Jackie

Gilley, Jackie

Jack (Jackie) H. Gilley, Jr.


Jack (Jackie) Gilley died July 3, 2022, peacefully at his home in Franklin with his love, Cheryl by his side. He was born January 14, 1962, in Bar Harbor, the son of Jack, Sr. and Marguerite (Ames) Gilley.

He was a 1980 graduate of MDI High School and continued his education in Northern Maine receiving a degree in Masonry. Returning to his hometown of Southwest Harbor, working his craft for most of his life; an excellent mason, sought out by many. When not masonry, he worked in the fishing industry, fishing for lobster and scallops. Let’s not forget his short stint in modeling (see above!).

Life for Jackie was all about close family and friends. Kind and considerate, always helping anyone in need. He certainly loved fun and riding the line; so many stories, a lot being told over the last year. The last 11 years he spent with Cheryl were the best of his life, laughing every single day. He was a fantastic father; he loved and adored his children and would do anything for them. Everyone who was lucky enough to have known and loved Jackie is better for it.

Jackie is predeceased by his mother, Marguerite. He is survived by his father Jack, Sr.; son, Jesse and fiancé, Shelby of Southwest Harbor and their children, James and Grace; daughter Mindy and husband, Michael Letson of Chickamauga, GA and their children Mason, Melia and Mathias; daughter Jillian and partner, Taylor Cleaves of Bass Harbor and their children Broderick and Niko; his sister Ellen and husband, Frank Stanley and their daughter Shannon; their son Kyle and his wife Natalie; his sister Laura and husband, Donnie Sullivan and their children Shelby and Aaron; and very special great niece and nephews. His beloved fiancé, Cheryl Moody of Franklin and her sons Nick Sayre and fiancé, Giselle Cyr and children Savannah and Eli Sayre of Southwest Harbor; Adam Sayre and wife, Morgan Gilman of Brookline, MA. and many special friends.

Thank you to Northern Light Hospice for the excellent care provided for Jackie. At his request, no celebration of life; however, raise a glass to this great friend and family man who will be greatly missed.

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  • Storey King Posted July 6, 2022 12:42 pm


  • Jenn [Hamblen] Wheeler Posted July 6, 2022 5:02 pm

    Jack, Ellen, Laura, Cheryl, family…. I am so, so sorry to hear of Jackie’s passing. Many memories of playing at your house when we were kids. My sincerest condolences to all of you.

  • Rick Smith Posted July 6, 2022 6:06 pm

    I did not know Jackie well but I always appreciated his spirit of fun andgratefulness for life’s pleasures.RIP.

    • Tammy Moore Posted July 7, 2022 11:55 pm

      So sorry for your loss. Loved taking care of Jack, he would always say, “let’s leave here and get a drink!”

  • Janice Billings Roberts Posted July 8, 2022 7:37 am

    Jack has always been very special to me, from sharing the he got his first kiss, to sharing with me, early on, of his love for Cheryl, and I was so happy for him. Jack , I loved you like a son and shall never forget what a kind person you were, always.

  • Dan Reed Posted July 8, 2022 12:32 pm

    I knew Jackie all my life with him growing up just down the road, and going to school with him all those years. You couldn’t have asked for a nicer or funnier guy, and I’m sure everyone who knew him will miss him

  • Ginger Phelps Posted July 9, 2022 9:05 am

    I was so sorry to read of Jackie’s passing. I have very fond memories of him as one of my students
    in third grade. He was so full of life!

  • Vic and Alicia (Cantwell) Mellow Posted July 13, 2022 3:37 pm

    So sorry to hear that Jackie has passed away. Our thoughts are with you, Jack, Ellen, and Laura and also Jackie’s family.

  • Tom and Dru Woodman Posted July 17, 2022 1:04 pm

    So young! Sending our prayers and love to Jack, Ellen and Laura- and all the Gilley family.

  • Louise Riemer and William Locke Posted July 20, 2022 9:19 pm

    Jack arrived at our house to bid for a job with a pencil sketch on a piece of scrap paper. We knew we had our man. He was able to replace the chimney in the center of the house (built in 1850) that opened into 3 fireplaces without damaging any of the original mantels. This was a difficult and complex job. Jack persisted and left us with a wonderful result. Jack’s skill and talent and memory lives on in our house!

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