Grafton – John P. “Johnny” Gillespie, 68, of Grafton formerly of Upton and Wellesley, died peacefully at home on the morning of Sunday November 19, 2023 surrounded by the love, comfort and care of family.
Born in Natick and raised in Wellesley, he was the 2nd of 4 children born to the late John & Eileen (Grada) Gillespie, and was a 1973 graduate of Wellesley High School.
John was a skilled and talented carpenter by trade, and he could fix anything. He was an avid golfer participating in the Chateau League in Wayland for more than 30 years. He also enjoyed bowling at the Ten Pin Center in Natick, and was a member of the American Junior Bowling Conference in his youth. John enjoyed the times spent fishing and he maintained several fresh water fish tanks at his home.
He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson and also held a private pilot’s license. At one time he owned a two seat, single-engine WACO airplane which he flew across the United States in 1977.
Devoted father of John P. Gillespie, III of Upton and Jenna N. Gillespie of Grafton. Dear brother of Laura Gillespie-Lee and her husband Phillip Lee of Harwich, Thomas Gillespie and his wife Elizabeth of Wellesley and Eileen Goss and her husband Arthur of Bradenton, FL. He is also survived by his former spouse and mother to his children, Wendy Gillespie, of Upton, many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and good friends as well as his 45 year old Double-Yellow headed Parrot, Charlie, which he got in his 20s.
A celebration of John’s life is planned for December and will be announced.
Hamel, Lydon Chapel and Cremation Services of Massachusetts assisted with arrangements.