Gorman Gillis is best known as the father of Jack White, lead vocalist and guitarist for The White Stripes band. In addition, he served as pastor at a church in Detroit.
This article will highlight his life and career, along with some of his notable achievements and honors.
Early Life and Education
John Anthony Gillis was born July 9th 1975 in Detroit Michigan to Teresa (nee Bandyk) and Gorman M. Gillis. Teresa worked as the maintenance superintendent of the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit while Gorman served as secretary in Cardinal Levada’s office. His mother served as maintenance superintendent while Gorman served as secretary for Cardinal Levada’s office.
Young David quickly took an interest in music from an early age, learning drumming in Grade 1 when he found an abandoned set in his attic. Influenced by older brothers’ tastes in music (such as The Doors, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin) his musical tastes would eventually include classical composers as well as blues guitarists like Blind Willie McTell and Son House.
Linda E. Gorman survives him with her children Betsy Koch, Nancy Powers, John and Thomas as well as stepchildren Jess Kielman and Richard Kielman; fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral Mass will take place Saturday at St Genevieve Catholic Church (29015 Jamison East of Middlebelt); visitation will run both Saturday and Sunday 2-9pm with Rosary scheduled on Sunday at 3pm.
Gorman Gillis was an iconic figure in Bath, practicing law as one of its premier attorney. Known as ‘The People’s Attorney,’ he would fight hard on behalf of any individual needing legal aid; additionally he took on environmental concerns caused by paper mill pollution.
Cass Technical High School provided him an opportunity to apprentice in upholstery. Later he created Third Man Upholstery as his own one-man operation where he taught himself drums.
He fought tirelessly for small business rights, becoming known in online trading communities as “Radar.” He is survived by his wife Gerry Kielman; children Betsy Koch, Nancy Powers, John and Thomas Kielman as well as stepdaughter Jess “BJ” Kielman; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren – his parents having predeceased him. Additionally he was an avid collector of trading cards.
Achievement and Honors
Gorman Gillis has made numerous contributions to society beyond being an successful businesswoman. She has worked with girls and served on medical boards. Furthermore, she served on the board of directors of New England School of Acupuncture.
She has received multiple accolades during her career. These include winning both the Klip and McKay awards as well as being honored by her employer with their Best Employee award.
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John Anthony Gillis was born in Detroit, Michigan on the 9th of July 1975 and is the eldest child of Teresa (Bandyk) Gillis and Gorman M Gillis – his mother hailing from Poland while his father being of Scottish-Canadian decent.
His parents both worked at the Catholic Church of Detroit; his father as building maintenance superintendent and his mother as secretary to Cardinal. Growing up as a Catholic child, he soon became very active in his religious life – eventually becoming an altar boy himself.
Eric has held various executive-level roles within the electric power industry, such as Chief Financial & Administrative Officer, Executive Vice President and President at Exelon Business Services Co. LLC, Unicom Corp. and Commonwealth Edison Co. Additionally, he currently sits on the Board of Directors at University of Chicago Medical Center as well as being a member of Economic Club of Chicago.
Gorman Gillis was the father of nine children and worked as the maintenance superintendent at Catholic church in Detroit. Teresa (nee Bandyk) Gillis worked as the Cardinal’s secretary at Archdiocese of Detroit.
His family was strongly religious and he initially considered becoming a priest; however, upon learning that he wouldn’t be permitted to bring musical instruments along on this journey. Instead he graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit before enrolling at college; but quit before even finishing one semester of classes.
Jack White, an iconic musician and songwriter best known as lead singer of ‘The White Stripes,’ established bands including The Raconteurs and Dead Weather before becoming their main vocalist and founding The Raconteurs as well as Dead Weather in 2013. Additionally he amassed a net worth estimated at $55 Million as of 2023.