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October 25, 1952 - August 1, 2018
Robert ”Bob” F. Gilliam II, 65 yrs.old, of Chicopee, MA, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, MA. Bob was born October 25th, 1952 in Long Branch, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Robert F. and Helen (Reilly) Gilliam. Bob graduated from Ocean Township High School in New Jersey, and lived in San Diego, California for 5 years, before calling Chicopee home. He worked as an artistic metal fabricator for 35 years, – recently employed by Republic Iron Works in Chicopee, MA. Bob loved traveling, antiquing, camping, off roading, and fishing. He enjoyed going to the beach and surfing, and he liked music and blues. Bob was a loving husband to his wife, Judith (Bernard) Gilliam, of 43 years, who were married locally in Chicopee. Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Jasmine Ryan; a son, Robert F. Gilliam III; and a daughter, Joelle M. Gilliam; five grandchildren, Amber, Ashley, and Zoey Ryan and Aiden and Jonah Lopez; three brothers, Mike Gilliam, Joe Gilliam, and Ted Gilliam; a sister, Mary Varian and several nieces, nephews and other family members. Bob was a beloved husband, father and grandfather – a great family man who lived to make sure his family and friends were happy and taken care of. He will be missed by many. Family and friends may gather Friday, August 10th, 2018 at the Cierpial Memorial Funeral Home on 69 East St., in Chicopee Falls from 8:30 to 9:30 am, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus, 566 Front St, Chicopee. His burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Chicopee.