Monday, June 23, 2008

On The Loss Of Terry Gillick

Milwaukee lost one of the really good guys yesterday when Terry Gillick died suddenly at his west side home.

A native son, Terry had had a long career at UWM handling media and marketing relations.

I knew him less through his work and more as a pal at the Downtown YMCA, where he was an evening regular with those of us trying to ward off the hazards of aging.

He was an hilarious storyteller and a font of information, and wry observation, about people and politics.

Emails from Terry routinely came with a verse from Dylan or Springsteen. He was generous and engaging and always upbeat; it's unimaginable that he's so suddenly gone.

My family offers our deepest sympathy to his wife, Terry Perry, their children and large extended families, and networks of friends and colleagues.

What a loss.


Rory said...

thanks for the words about my dad. i read them as various family members attempt to write an obituary downstairs. this will not be an easy task. you've done a great job encapsulating his legacy.

James Rowen said...

Thank you, Rory. Very touching.