John "Red" Gillespie

  • Born: October 7, 1947
  • Died: May 23, 2018
  • Location: Mahopac, New York

Joseph J Smith Funeral Home Inc

692 US 6
Mahopac, NY 10541

Tel. (845) 621-1992

Tribute & Message From The Family

John D. "Red" Gillespie of Mahopac, NY passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the age of 70. He was born in Scotland on October 7, 1947, the son of Joseph and Nora Henderson Gillespie.

John proudly served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. He is a member of VFW Post 5491 in Mahopac.

John is a retired FDNY firefighter and first responder who served in 76 Engine in Harlem and 273 Engine in Flushing, Queens. He was a first responder and worked at Ground Zero during and after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

John came to the United States from Scotland at the age of 5. He lived in College Point, Queens until moving to Mahopac 6 years ago.

On May 2, 1971 he married Laura Foulds at St. Fidelis Church in College Point. In addition to his wife of 47 years, he is survived by his son, Brian and wife Maritza of Queens, NY, his brother, Denis of Queens and his grandchildren Erin, Riley, Sean and Jenna. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law Laura; his brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Eileen Foulds and their children, Charlie, Daniel and Michelle. He was predeceased by his son, Sean on February 11, 2015.

Visiting will be held on Friday, May 25 from 4-8 pm at Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 26 10 am at St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac with interment to follow at Ballard-Barrett Cemetery, Mahopac Falls, NY.