S. Patricia Gillard, 77, 10/14/2008

FULTON, NY – S. Patricia Gillard, 77, of Port Richey, Fla., and Fulton, NY, died Tuesday Oct. 14, 2008, at home in Florida after a long illness.

She was born in Fulton to the late Martin and Rose (Lunette) Semeraro.

S. Patricia Gillard
S. Patricia Gillard

She retired from Fulton Consolidated School System as a secretary.

Mrs. Gillard was a member of the CSEA and Pairs N Squares-Modern Square Dancing.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Lynette MacDougall, in 2002; her siblings, Donald Semeraro and Beverly (Samuel) Aofrate.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Philip B. Gillard of Fulton; her children: Denise (Alun) Jones of Tennesse, Marty (Peggy) Gillard of Fulton, Phyllis Cologgi, of Rochester, NY, and Leslie (Steve) Van Austin, of Binghamton, NY, Sharon (Pete) Lubert-Hennis, Charlotte, NC; and her son-in-law, Thomas MacDougall of Scriba, NY; her siblings: Vita (Joseph) Manuele of Rome, NY, June Bennett of Fulton; and her sister-in-law, Ivy Semeraro of Clifton Park, NY; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 9 a.m. Oct. 25 at Holy Family Church where Rev. Robert Stephenson will celebrate a mass of Christian Burial.

Burial will be private.

There will be no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, PO Box 126, Syracuse, NY.

The Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton, has care of the arrangements.


  1. Mrs. Gillard was the secretary at Volney Elementary School when I was a student over 20 yrs ago. I remember her fondly, as being one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. She will be missed!

  2. I am sorry , I have been a friend of family for so many years. To Phil and family, I know that Pat a wonderful person.

  3. When I came home from work today Leslie was smiling (something she hasn’t done in a couple of days) and she said “I’m making cookies for my Mom.”
    I gave her a hug and she did feel happy again, at least for a moment. She had a day off from her 12 hour night shift and spent the day rolling 18 dozen cookies into small delicious dough balls, chocolate, cherry and anise. Her motivation being her Mom who taught her to pay attention to the little things in life because some day you will realze they are the big things. Take the time to roll cookies (or meatballs), take the time to catch up on how everyone is feeling, take the time to look your best, take the the time to entertain, take the time to dance.
    The first time I met my future Mom-in law I thought her a wonderfully charming women, very easy to talk to and seeming to accept everyone as they were. My Mother would like me to extend a special condolance to Pat’s family because (in my my Mom’s words) ” I always really liked her, she was so nice to me at the wedding and everytime I spent time with her”. Many people in my family still talk about the wedding she planned for Leslie and I, and I will always cherish as special memories the night before our wedding when we chatted on the phone for 45 minutes (quite a feat for me) and the warmest sincerest hug I got from her when she visited us for the first time in Endicott.
    Take time with your family today and thank our Mother/Wife/Sister/Aunt/Grandma/Friend Pat . – Love, The Van Austins (Leslie, Steve, Janae, Jared and Joshua)

  4. Phil and family,
    It seems like another lifetime when I lived next to you. Even though it’s been 40 years, the memories seem much more recent. I am sorry for your loss. The world is a much better place because of people like Pat.

  5. Dear Peg, Marty, Mr. Gillard and the entire extended Gillard family – I just recently received the news of “Mom” Gillard’s passing. I am Peggy’s college roommate and spent many a weekend in Fulton – and many days hanging out in the Gillard family room. Mrs. Gillard always welcomed me as if I were one of the kids who grew up in town. I felt her love everytime I walked through the door. I know you all miss her. God Bless – Jane

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