John Gil, 94, of King George, beloved husband and father, proud American and son of Poland, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018.
Born in 1923, he saw the invasion of his homeland by the Nazi’s in 1939. He was forced to work in slave labor camps in both Poland and Germany, was liberated by American Allied troops in 1945 and made his way to France. In 1947, he sailed on a cargo ship to South America because the United States had limited the number of refugees they could take in. Mr. Gil had nothing but a wool uniform, the willingness to work hard, and the desire to be free.
After working at whatever jobs he could find, and sometimes sleeping in run-down sheds, he successfully managed several restaurants in Paraguay for 11 years. In 1958, Mr. Gil was finally allowed to enter the United States, earning an Engineering degree during the day and a high school diploma at night, all while still learning the language of the country he considered a paradise. A language that was one of nine he spoke fluently.
In the early 1960s, while working for GE as an engineer, he opened The Cardinal Restaurant in Salem, where in 1964, a beautiful young girl with auburn hair named Betty applied for a waitress job. Four months later, they were married. They would have celebrated their 54 wedding anniversary in December.
As well as having a deep love for both Poland and the United States, he was a devout Catholic who gave countless hours of service to St. Mary’s parish, and considered his greatest achievement that of passing on the faith to his wife and children.
Along with his wife, Betty; he is survived by three daughters, that he worshipped and was proud of, Michelle, Amanda, and Melinda; brothers-in-law Randy Holland, Douglas Smith, and Henry King; sister-in-law Patsy King; nephew Rev. Marian Gil, OMI; grand-nephews Tomek and Basia Gil of Kielce, grand-niece, Ana Cedro of Ireland, and many other nieces and nephews from both his and his wife's family that he loved dearly.
A rosary will be held at 6p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg with visitation to follow until 8 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 13 at St Mary Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg
Thursday July 12th, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
4801 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Special Instructions: Rosary held at 6 PMText me the address
Oak Hill Cemetery
Friday July 13th, 2018
1902 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
St. Mary Catholic Church
Friday July 13th, 2018
1009 Stafford Ave.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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I shall offer the Month's Mind Requiem Mass for John Gil
on Wednesday 08 August in the ancient Roman rite in which
he and I were both baptized...In Paradisum deducant te angeli...
Fr Skeris 16.vii.2018
Submitted by Fr Skeris on Jul 16 2018 04:30:34 PM
We are truly blessed to have known John. What a positive and inspiring man. Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty and the girls. Frankie and Margie
Submitted by Margie W Stevens on Jul 14 2018 08:17:39 AM
Ms. Gil & Family
My prayers are with you and your family iduring this difficult time. I always enjoyed my opportunities to speak with Mr. Gil he was truely an amazing and inspiring individual. He experienced the hardships of war and deprivation; however, he maintained his faith. He was proud of his "girls" and always mentioned you when we spoke. He leaves an amazing legacy for his family.
Submitted by Bill Sealand, Moncks Corner, SC on Jul 13 2018 05:11:28 PM
Dear Michelle and family,
The tribute to your father was so inspiring. May our Lord bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Marjorie Robinette FCS
Submitted by Marjorie Robinette on Jul 13 2018 03:14:47 PM
Candle for Mr.Gil
Submitted by Ann on Jul 13 2018 08:44:27 AM
Melinda and family ,my condolences. I sign wrong on my first didn't put my name.Ann
Submitted by Family of Mr.Gil on Jul 13 2018 08:42:50 AM
Melinda you and your family have my deepest condolences. Prayers for all.
Submitted by Family of Mr.Gil on Jul 13 2018 08:01:57 AM
Mr Gil, you are an absolute inspiration in every way. What a true hero. I'm honored to have simply read about your amazing life.
Submitted by Will on Jul 12 2018 04:53:49 PM
We are sorry we never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Gil, as it's obvious he was an amazing man! We love hearing stories about him from his lovely daughter Mandi, & his love of travel is in her blood as well. RIP John Gil.
Submitted by Diane & Lenny Rogers on Jul 12 2018 01:51:44 PM
Diane Rogers lit a candle for John Gil
Diane Rogers lit a candle on Jul 12 2018 01:46:11 PM
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