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Had Long Career As Marine Engineer
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Dec 1932

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Had Long Career As Marine Engineer
Former Sec'y-Treas. of Rockport Navigation Co. and Vice-Pres. T. I. Navigation Co.

The death occurred at the home of James Hickey, 94 College Street, on Friday of James Gillie, well-known marine engineer in his eighty-ninth year. Deceased was born in Cornwall, Ont., where he attended public and high school. His first marine activity was in 1861 when he went aboard the freighter "Hamilton" as mess room boy, later being promoted to fireman. Eventually he came to Garden Island and lived with James Johnston of Garden Island, working for Calvin and Breck as fireman in the summer time and in the machine shop in the winter time.

After leaving Garden Island in the year 1874, he went second engineer on the "S.S. Truesdale" which operated out of Chicago as a freighter. He returned to Garden Island in 1875 and married Miss Rubena Hickey. That year he went as chief engineer on the "S.S. Pierrepont" which operated between Kingston and Wolfe Island. Mr. Gillie remained in the employ of the Folger Company until it was taken over by the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company, during which time he was chief engineer on the "Pierrepont," the "Maude," "Empire State," "St. Lawrence," "New York," "Island Wanderer," "Ramona," "America," "Islander," Newsboy," and the "Ottawa". He spent six years as engineer of the Government drydock at Kingston and was also employed as engineer by J. M. Campbell on the steamer "Brockville" and "St. Lawrence". He was likewise second engineer with James Johnson on the "Hiram Calvin".

Mr. Gillie, then being a stockholder in the Rockport Navigation Company, took over the duties of chief engineer on the Steamer "Waubic" which, for a number of years has been on the ferry route between Kingston and Cape Vincent, N.Y. He was for a number of years, secretary-treasurer of the Rockport Navigation Company and vice-president of the Thousand Island Navigation Company, Ltd. For a number of years he was secretary of the Marine Engineers' Association of Kingston.

Deceased was a man greatly respected by those who knew him. He was very popular throughout the city where he had made his home for many years, and was held in high esteem by fellow marine men. Surviving the late Mr. Gillie are two daughters, Mrs. Sargent, wife of Dr. F. Sargent, of Sydenham, and Mrs. William Losee, of Ottawa; two brothers Dauglas [Douglas] and Fairn [Farrand] Gillie, of Cornwall; and one sister, Mrs. T. Stewart, of Boston, Mass., and three grandchildren.

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17 Dec 1932
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.2272437304242 Longitude: -76.5094025732833
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Had Long Career As Marine Engineer