William Peter Gilluly passed away on February 6, 2020, at the age of 73. Born on April 3, 1946, to Helen Astrowsky and James Gilluly in the East NY section of Brooklyn, endured at an early age the loss of his father to illness. Guided by his step-father, Edward Krysiewicz, he proudly served in the US Navy during the Vietnam years (1964-1969), and in 1970, joined the NYC Transit Signal division retiring in 1997 at 51.
Known affectionately as “Billy”, “Willy T.A.” or “(oh no!)” Mr. Bill”, it didn’t take much to make him happy. Those who knew Billy loved him for his sense of humor, acerbic dry wit, his kindness and generosity. Billy had a good heart. He was easy going never complaining about anything; he enjoyed life and celebrated it every day. He lived life on his own terms; to Bill, life was a party and he lived it out loud. In his later years, as life presented him myriad health issues, he faced these challenges with humor, laughter and his middle finger in its face.
Predeceased by his parents, and only sibling, brother, Edward ‘Ward’ Krysiewicz, Bill leaves behind fondly remembered Krysiewicz and Kruszewski family relatives, and is survived by the recently found but un-met cousins of the Jane Camody family, the many friends he made in life (from Howard Beach, Bayside, and Mastic Beach, NY), his extended Forrest/Tofty/Pallister family in Hampton Bays NY, and by those who loved and cared for him during his sunset years in Cape Coral, FL, lifelong friend and caregiver Kevin Forrest, and cousin Carol Tobler and family. An ordinary life well lived by an unforgettable man. Rest in peace Billy Gilluly.
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