Bridget C. Gillespie

  • Died: December 9, 2017
  • Location: Havertown, Pennsylvania

Donohue Funeral Homes, Inc.

8401 W Chester Pike
Upper Darby, PA 19082

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Tel. (610) 449-0300

Tribute & Message From The Family


Loving Mother,, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt

Message From The Family

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Gillespie, Bridget C. (nee McGee), 82 years of age, of Havertown, PA, gained eternal life on December 9, 2017.

Beloved wife of the late James M. Gillespie. Loving mother of Sheila Gormley (Steve), Patrick Gillespie (Michelle), Mary Cooper (Michael) & James Gillespie (Cristina). Dear Sister of Margaret Doogan , William McGee and Marjorie Howley. Beloved grandmother of Marissa, James, Erin, Caroline, Kevin, Ava, Michael, Caitlin, Sean, Maura, Owen and Sophia. Bridget is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers; James, Michael, Anthony, Ownie, Patrick and John, as well as her sisters; Sarah McGee, Mary Anne Crowe, and Anne McGee.

Born in Glenleighan, County Donegal, Ireland, Bridget was the fifth of thirteen children. She would often say that even though her family had limited means, they never knew it. Leaving "home" (as she always called Ireland) at the tender age of 15 years old, she lived with her sister Margaret in Glasgow, Scotland. Three years later, she boarded the Queen Mary ship to America, where she would have more opportunities. She then lived with relatives/friends who helped to get her established in Bryn Mawr, PA. Her siblings in America (Michael, Margie, Anne, Mary Anne, Ownie, and John) were always there for her. They shared many laughs, as well as times of sadness together. Likewise, her siblings in Ireland (James, Willie, Patrick, Anthony, Sally, and Margaret) welcomed her home on many occasions for years to come.

Her one true love was Jimmy Gillespie. While they were married just 15 years before he passed away, Bridget would always recall special dates and their anniversaries. With her husbands early passing, she was left with the challenge of raising four children under the age of 10. Through it all, she remained strong and always commented that she was not alone because she had God's help.

Bridget was also a retiree of the Lower Merion School District, where she was a bus aide to special needs children. She often loved telling stories of the cute things the little kids said and did every day. In between bus runs, she was a housekeeper on the Main Line. She also worked many evenings as a companion for elderly people. Education was so important to her, and she worked so hard, so that her children would have that.

Although she was strict when raising her own children, she always did so with great love and protection. She instilled in each of them a strong work ethic, respect, generosity, love for their Irish heritage, devout faith, and importance of family. Through the tough times, her perspective was always that somebody else may have it even harder. She cherished happy times and could find humor in anything.

Bridget took great joy in her children's daily accomplishments, milestones, and career choices. Her greatest accomplishment, as a mother, was to see her children choose wonderful spouses and watch them raise her beloved grandchildren. Bridget's arms were always held open to them, with her beautiful smile and warm laugh. She loved to teach them rhymes/poems, how to count in Gaelic, and would always sing to them.

As the years passed and her memory sadly faded, Bridget moved to St. Francis Country House. There, she was cared for the most kind and loving staff. She befriended so many residents there who fondly remember her attending daily Mass, saying the Rosary, reading the Philadelphia Inquirer in the lobby each day, playing Bingo, and sitting in the garden watching the little birds. She made so many people smile and laugh everyday by her kind heart and loving demeanor.

Bridget will be greatly missed by so many. Her family takes great comfort in the great lessons they learned from her, as well as many funny memories/stories they have of her.

Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing Wednesday evening 7-9:00 PM, and Thursday morning 8:30-9:45 AM at The Donohue Funeral Home, 8401 W. Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA (610) 449-0300, followed by her Funeral Mass on Thursday 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart Church. Interment SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations made out to Sacred Heart Church, 105 Wilson Avenue, Havertown, PA 19083 or Little Sisters of the Poor, 5300 Chester Ave. Philadelphia, PA in Bridget's memory would be appreciated.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Mary, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family and sending lots of love your way.

Posted by Nichole D'Amico - New London, PA - Coworker   December 15, 2017

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Sheila, Patrick, Mary, and Jimmy,

It is never easy letting a loved one go home to heaven, especially when they brought such joy and happiness to our lives here on earth. Aunt Bridget always made us smile. She was loving and gentle and kind beyond description, and she was funny (sometimes on purpose and sometimes by accident). She knew how to laugh at herself, though, and her laughter was contagious. What a gift it is to have so many wonderful memories of her!

I know she is in heaven with your Dad and many other loved ones, and she will be watching over you and your children with pride forever more. God Bless!

Love,
Cousin Anne Marie and The Warren Family

Posted by Anne Marie Warren - Schwenksville, PA - Family   December 13, 2017

Sheila, Pat, Mary & Jimmy ~ On behalf of the Carney's, I just wanted to pass along our collective thoughts and prayers for you. As I've said before, you're mom was an amazing woman - not until we're parents could we imagine the strength it takes to raise 4 kids on your own. Not only did she raise you, but she did it with grace and love and I'm sure she's beaming with humble pride with the adults you've become. Her legacy lives on in each of you and your children. May you take comfort in all of the wonderful memories & stories you share.

Posted by Theresa Taggart - Havertown, PA - family   December 13, 2017

Always enjoyed the time with her. She was the only one who referred to me as Richard. She'll be missed by many.

Posted by Rick Kearney - Havertown, PA - Family Friend   December 13, 2017

Sheila, Pat, Mary and Jimmy, So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for you and your families.

Posted by Cathy McGowan - Broomall, PA - Friend   December 12, 2017

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Sheila, Pat, Mary, and Jimmy -
I am so sorry at the passing of beloved Aunt Bridget! She was my Godmother, and she most certainly looked after me all my life. She was a living Saint.

Posted by Patricia Howley - Levittown, PA - Family   December 12, 2017

I am deeply saddened to hear of Aunt Bridget's passing. I have such fond memories of her as a child when she would come to visit our home ( Bridget and Jim Carney) My family sends our condolences at this sad time for all of you. She was a wonderful person as you know! I pray for your strength to get through such a difficult time! May your memories and thoughts be a comfort to you and realize she is in a better place now. She will live on forever in the legacy she has left behind in the hearts and minds of all who knew her!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Bridget (Carney) and Britt Reed and family

Posted by Bridget Reed - READING, PA - Family   December 11, 2017

Sheila, Pat, Mary and Jimmy - I am so sad at the passing of your Mum ,beloved Aunt Bridget. She was my Godmother and she most certainly looked after me all my life and especially during my time in the States . She was a living Angel.❤❤❤❤

Posted by Ethna Wallace - Co Donegal, Ireland - Family   December 11, 2017

Mary, So sorry for your lost. You and your family are in my prayers. Over the years my sister Ann McGarrigle often told me how much she liked talking with your mom.

Posted by Kathy Cooney - Elkins Park Pa, PA - Friend   December 11, 2017

Sheila, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
-Cindy

Posted by Cindy Murray - Southampton, PA - Friend   December 10, 2017


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