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Our Beloved Scoutmaster--He Improved Us All

It is with a saddened heart that we share the news of the unexpected passing of our beloved Scoutmaster, Mr. Fran Gillis. He passed away in his sleep while traveling in Canada.

Mr. Gillis will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of working with him in the Boy Scouting program. He began his affiliation with the Boys Scouts in 1962 as a Scout in Massachusetts. He went on to dedicate almost fifty years of his life as an adult volunteer to the scouting program not only in the United States but also abroad during his career in the U.S. Army. Mr. Gillis joined our Troop as an advisor in 1998 and became our Scoutmaster in 1999. He lived a life of service and will be truly missed.
Mr. Gillis believed that “No boy should miss an opportunity to participate in Scouting due to finances.” Years ago he established a scholarship fund for scouts in the Troop to help scouts with costs for the nationally recognized BSA leadership programs NYLT and NAYLE as well as program needs such as Summer Camp, dues, activities, and High Adventure Trips. Mr. Gillis set high expectations for scouts who received these funds to give back to the community and to their Troop through service and leadership. The Gillis Family, along with Troop 629 leaders, wish to continue that legacy with this Memorial Fund. Funds raised will help the Troop committee to continue the legacy of financially supporting scouts along their journey.

Donate to the Fran Gillis Memorial Fund


Clicking on the "Donate" button will open a new browser window on Mount Pisgah's Online Giving web page. Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church is our Troop's Charter organization.

On this page, you will be asked to register. Fill in the fields and click "Submit."


Once your information is submitted, follow the instructions on the next screen, and enter your address. Submitting this form then takes you to the Online Giving page. Near the bottom of this page, select "Fran Gillis Memorial Fund" from the dropdown box provided under "More Giving Funds below."



The Fran Gillis
Memorial Fund


Troop 629 Committee Chair Mary Beth Bierbaum

Acting Scoutmaster
Jason Sutton

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Kathleen Narayanan
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