Obituaries

Obituaries

Tim Gillesse 1949 - 2013

Tim Gillesse, 63, a long-time Lawrencian, died April 19, 2013, in hospice in Topeka. The cause was cancer which he fought bravely while maintaining a remarkably cheerful disposition. No funeral is planned.
A life-long bachelor, Mr. Gillesse was a fun loving man-about-town, always of good cheer and kind, with many friends and acquaintances. He could be seen motoring about in his sports cars – Lotuses, Mustangs, and RX-7s – often in route to a reggae concert. In computer science he had mastery in hardware, software, and programming which he applied to pharmaceutical, architectural, and urban design. At home he surrounded himself with high tech electronics and scientific literature. He vacationed often in Jamaica where he amassed a collection of Caribbean music recordings unavailable in the United States. He learned to prepare Jamaican cuisine and absorbed island culture. He also developed a taste for fine Jamaican rum, bringing home brands available only in Jamaica or the Caribbean. He wisely cautioned those trying a sample, “Don’t get that near an open flame.” A Lawrence restaurant created a rum cocktail, the Timbabwe, after him.
Timothy John Gillesse was born in Sioux Falls, Iowa, on November 13, 1949. He graduated from Topeka High School in 1968 and attended the University of Kansas. He worked as a Senior Departmental Computer Specialist for a unit of Merck, the pharmaceutical giant, and as a Computer Specialist, Architecture and Urban Design, for the University of Kansas. He is survived by his mother, Jacqueline Gillesse, of Lawrence, and extended family members. His father, the Reverend John Gillesse, and his sister, Christine, preceded him in death.
Mr. Gillesse enjoyed good conversation, good company, art, photography, and shared interests on a wide range of cultural topics. He opposed the Vietnam War, refusing to report for his military draft physical examination. He trod many happy and interesting trails in his quest for community with humanity, knowledge, and new experiences.
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