James Gilland

James W. Gilland

Wednesday, October 13th, 1943 - Wednesday, August 28th, 2019
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WATERBURY- James W. Gilland, age 75, of Waterbury, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 28th 2019 at The Vitas Innovative Care Unit of Saint Mary’s Hospital surrounded by the love and comfort of his family after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Roseline (Meo) Gilland.

James was born October 13th 1943 in Waterbury, CT, the son of the late James W. and Elaine (Lynch) Gilland. James was a lifelong Waterbury resident, graduated from Croft High School and then proudly served his country with the United States Navy. Upon being honorably discharged, James began his career as a truck driver working with Bailey’s Express for over 30 years and was a long-time member of the Teamsters Local Union #671. James was extremely proud of his Irish heritage, was an avid Red Sox fan and was always happiest when spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know and love him.

Left to remember, cherish and honor Jim’s love and legacy are his wife of 32 years, Roseline, his children; Tracey Hunt and her husband, Tom of Watertown, Lori Shannon and her husband, Kevin of NH and Kim Cipriano and her husband, Bob of SC. He also leaves his step son, Michael Quattro of Waterbury and his stepdaughter, Doreen Naiss of Plainville. In addition, James is also survived by his brother, Jerry McHale of Waterbury, his sister, Marlene Riechard of Fl. and his adoring grandchildren; Tommy, Connor, Gillian, Nicole, Brittany, Kelsey, and step grandchildren; Michael, Chelsea, Angela, Marissa and Mark as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Steven James Gilland and his step son, Peter Quattro.

Funeral services for Mr. Gilland will be held privately at Pine Grove Cemetery at the convenience of his family. Relatives and friends may visit with James’ family on Tuesday evening September 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home 1987 East Main St @ Southmayd Rd. Waterbury, CT 06705. For further information or to leave an on-line message of comfort, please visit the funeral home website at
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Casey's Eastside Memorial Funeral Home & Tribute Center
    1987 East Main St
    Waterbury, CT 06705
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  • Interment

    New Pine Grove Cemetery
    850 Meriden Rd
    Waterbury, CT 06705
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    Burial Services will be held privately in Pine Grove Cemetery at the families convenience


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Brian Reilly

Posted at 02:12pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Gilland Family.
I will always remember the good times we had in the neighborhood and his Irish wit and humor.
My Deepest Condolences,
Brian Reilly

Michelle O'malley

Posted at 07:25pm
Love always, Francine, Michelle, Tim, Abigail and Olivia xoxo
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Shannon Ziomek

Posted at 01:27pm
To one of the best men I ever had the pleasure of living next door to! So many memories! Pulling out my loose tooth to jackknifing down Southington Mountain in your truck. I am so blessed that we had your family in our lives! You raised beautiful children. Sending so much love and prayers to Roseline and your family! Rest In Peace. You deserve all the eternal love and rest heaven has to offer. Hug Steven and Mrs Gilland for me!
I love you,
Shannon Brady Ziomek

Bill Meo

Posted at 09:02am
With heartfelt condolences, The Meo Family - Bill & Paula, David & Christine and family, Nikki and Mike King, Julia & Andy.
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Gerard Mc Hale, Jr.

Posted at 03:33pm
To my brother James. From the time of our births we were like peas in a pod always together. While would we often fight we were always best friends 2 minutes later. In later years we would argue about street names and where they were located even to the point of almost getting in a car to go and verify. Marlene and I were very lucky for your Mom & Dad to take us both into your home. For sure these additional mouths to feed would impact your life. But you never complained. How I will miss our Sunday ritual of coffee and conversations about the past and future events. You fought until the very end still never complaining. I love you Jim and although I am heartbroken I am happy that you finally have peace. Rejoice with all your loved ones that went before you. I hope to someday join to all in eternal peace. Gerard Mc Hale, Jr.

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