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"I learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" (Maya Angelou). It is with great sadness and heartbreak that after a lifetime of making people feel special, we bid farewell to our beloved Jimmy Gill who passed into the loving arms of the Lord and his parents Jim and Laura, on Saturday September 11, 2021 at the age of 64.
Jimmy grew up on Binghamton's southside and graduated from Catholic Central High School and the Food Services Program at SUNY Delhi. Jimmy reveled in good food and good company. He was a collector and connoisseur extraordinaire with collections including furniture, dinnerware and European clothing. He had a great eye and flair for design and fashion and in addition to operating Laura's Luncheonette with his sister, he operated "The Blind Man", a window treatment company. He had a lust for life and a passion for cars. Back in the day he was a disco dance champion.He delighted in entertaining children and making custom character pancakes for the children eating at Laura's. Jimmy especially loved a good cake and birthdays will never be the same without him selecting a special cake for his family and friends. He also enjoyed spending time at the beach and ocean. He was a parishioner and usher at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Binghamton.
He is survived by his sister and best friend Barbara Leahy and her husband Tom, his nieces Amy Leahy and Christel Leahy-Reaves, grandniece and grandnephew Hope and Owen, devoted friends Jon and Rob Allen and Stephanie Garbarino, many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, especially his Laura's Luncheonette family. He was predeceased by his parents and his beloved poodle, Mr. French, who died on June 11, 2021.
Barbara and Tom extend their deepest appreciation to all who supported Jimmy during his illness, with gifts to the GoFundMe along with calls and visits and to the nursing staff at Wilson ST5 for their loving care.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 9:300 am Saturday at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, corner of Court and Fayette Streets, Binghamton. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. The family requests all in attendance to wear a mask and practice Covid-19 safety protocols. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Mercy House of the Southern Tier in Jimmy's memory. The Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home, 483 Chenango St. is assisting the family. Please sign his guestbook at www.HEFUNERALHOME.com
When Tomorrow Starts Without Me
When tomorrow starts without me,
And I am not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you will miss me too;
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart.
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