Gerald J. Gilluly

Gerald J. Gilluly
February 20, 1926 – September 4, 2017
By: J.S. Goldberg

It is with great sadness, and a heavy heart, that we announce the death of a founding member of our club, Jerry Gilluly who passed-away on Labor Day.

For those of you fortunate enough to have known Jerry, and especially for those who considered him a friend, this is a particularly sad event. We say Jerry was a founding member of the club although, technically, he missed it by a single year joining the club in late 1961. Jerry held two very unique distinctions: he was the very first person elected to Life Membership in 1979 and the very first (and only) trustee elevated to Trustee Emeritus just a few years ago.

Jerry was more than just a fine man; he was a friendly, outgoing, albeit opinionated and sometimes cantankerous, fellow who had a unique personality and a never-changing view of the world regardless of what the current “fashion” was. In addition, Jerry was one of a, sadly to say, dying breed in this country as he was a true American patriot and was very proud of his service in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during WWII. I would refer to him often a “Corporal Gilluly” and I believe he got a big kick out of it.

Everything Jerry did was for the benefit of the club. Sometimes there were heated arguments regarding certain things but while one may have disagreed with Jerry, you knew with metaphysical certitude that his position was based upon what he felt was in the club’s best interest.

Jerry never married and because of that the club was most probably a bigger part of his life than with most. I can remember at a new member training session some years ago, Jerry chiming in and imparting some of his great wealth of knowledge on firearms to the class; some of them who never touched a real firearm before this session, and going into extreme detail on the ballistics of a bullet leaving the muzzle forgetting that this was a class basically for newbies. His information was absolutely correct, but a bit out-of-place in a basic class.

Scripture teaches that “[t]hose who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.” – Isaiah 57:2. I find these words to be most fitting in Jerry’s case since as long as I’ve known him; he had an unwavering sense of right and wrong.

Jerry is gone; of that we are certain. It’s at times like this I derive great comfort from the words of C.S. Lewis when he said: “There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.” I believe this with all my heart and I have a feeling Jerry did too.

My friend has traveled to God’s heaven. May he spend eternity in the arms of the King of the Universe whom he loved so dearly. Rest in peace and may God bless you always, old friend.


1 Comment for this entry

October 14th, 2017 on 7:12 pm

What a beautiful tribute to Jerry. Pat

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