Br. Edward C. Gill, SJ.
Br. Edward C. Gill, SJ
Ed was a practical hands-on servant of the servants of God—and an articulate and astute observer of the passing scene in a wide variety of Jesuit communities and ministries.
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Br. Edward C. Gill, SJ.

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Br. Edward C. Gill, SJ, who died on June 6, 2020, at St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 86 years old. May he rest in peace.

Ed was born in Madison, Wisconsin on February 5, 1934, and he attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and Edgewood High School in Madison. After completing three years at St. Mary's College in Winona, Minnesota, Ed entered the Society of Jesus on August 17, 1955. He entered as a scholastic novice and had the usual Jesuit course of studies at the Oshkosh Jesuit Novitiate, St. Stanislaus Seminary, and Saint Louis University (where he also earned an M.B.A. degree in 1962). In 1964, during his second year of regency at Marquette High in Milwaukee, WI, Ed's request to change grades and become a brother was approved. He made tertianship in Omaha, NE and pronounced final vows in 1982.

After changing grades, for the next 33 years Ed served as a treasurer in many different ministries in many different places: Creighton Prep in Omaha, Nebraska (1965-1968); the Wisconsin Province in Milwaukee (1968-1970); Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin (1970-1976); Sogang University in Seoul, Korea (1976-1981); and Holy Rosary Mission in Pine Ridge, South Dakota (1981-1997). From 1997 to 2003, he was an administrative assistant at St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, and from 2003 to 2012, he was the minister and community treasurer at Creighton Prep. He moved to St. Camillus in 2012.

Ed was a wonderful Jesuit brother, a practical hands-on servant of the servants of God—and an articulate and astute observer of the passing scene in a wide variety of Jesuit communities and ministries. He went wherever he was needed, and got to work. As a typical brother in the Society, he showed love by his deeds and not just his words. He was particularly kind to his elder brother Fr. Joseph Gill, SJ, during Joe's final months of life at St. Camillus.

Ed will be cremated and, when the community can gather together as one, there will be a funeral Mass. Ed was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, John and Fr. Joseph Gill, SJ, of the former Wisconsin Province. He was much loved by his nieces and nephews.

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June 09, 20201:33 PM
Great man with a wonderful sense of humor and great timing. He was so intelligent and the peace he brought with him was never ending. His energy was inspirational even to his great nieces and nephews. May you rest in peace in the Glory of God. – David Gill

June 09, 20201:39 PM
My Uncle Ed was always the life of the party, with the stories he told us from growing up, his parents, the teachers at Blessed Sacrament to his reciting of poetry. He was a spirited man who loved riding his bike, playing baseball and talking about sports and cars. He was generous with his time to anyone he met. He served until the end, volunteering to drive priests to their appointments, and finally to delivering mail at St. Camillus. We will treasure our memories and are so happy he is united with his brothers and baby sister as well as his parents. We will miss him, but always have a bit of his humor with us! – Kathie Gill Kellom

June 09, 20201:42 PM
My Uncle Ed will always be remembered for his energy and sense of humor. Even into his 80's he was playing catch with the youngest members of our family. I will also remember him for the kindness and compassion he showed to our mom, Gerry, his sister in law. Ed's brother John died very young and left 6 children behind and Uncle Ed and Uncle Joe were very supportive to our family during some difficult years. Uncle Ed was the last of his generation in our family, and was truly a treasure to us. I am filled with peace knowing that he is reunited with his family in heaven. – Terri Gill Hafenbreadl

June 09, 20205:13 PM
I had the great though too brief honor and joy to be a member of the Prep community with Brother Ed for a year. He was the personification of having 'a spring in your step' bringing energy and enthusiasm to seemingly every aspect of life. Even as one of the more senior members of the community, he was known to peel off during his bike rides to join pick-up football games in Memorial Park. Also a reliable source of hilarious observations and side comments - still today I find myself smiling as I remember a few of Ed's golden witticisms. He will be missed, but he will also live on in all of us who he inspired to be more, better, and brighter to others. – Ben Krause

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