Michael F. Gillespie

  • Born: January 6, 1952
  • Died: March 29, 2015
  • Location: Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

Greely Funeral Service

212 Washington Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Tel. (978) 283-0698

Tribute & Message From The Family

Michael F. "Big Ernie" Gillespie, 63, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, formerly of Magnolia, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at his home. Born in Beverly on January 6, 1952, he was the son of the late John C. and Dorothy A. (Hanson) Gillespie. Michael was a graduate of Gloucester High School with the Class of 1970. To those who knew him, he seemed larger than life but a gentle giant. He enjoyed a special relationship with his sister Noreen who helped care for him in his later years. He many times called her his Guardian Angel. He will be missed by all that knew him. He is survived by his devoted sister Noreen Gilliss and her husband Brad of Magnolia; his brother Robert Gillespie and his wife Judith of Melbourne, FL.; his niece Jennifer Jacobs and her husband Jason and their sons Ryan and Noah; nephews, David Gilliss of Gloucester, Michael Gillespie and his son Asa of Salem, MA, Matthew Gillespie of Beverly, David Gillespie and his wife Leah and their children Hunter, Olivia and Curtis of Spring Hill, FL. There are no visiting hours. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made in his name to the Magnolia Library, One Lexington Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I just found this. How close we all were way back and the things we took for granted. We were one big family in Magnolia and Mike (Hoss) Ernie, Big Ernie was one of a kind. So sorry to hear the news. RIP with a million or more memories.

Posted by Daniel Stedfast - Epping, NH   July 20, 2015

Very sorry to hear of Mike's passing, a GREAT Guy.

Posted by Scott Stoner - Portsmouth, NH   April 06, 2015

Mike was always a great kid, growing up with him in the day. Living down the Four Corners, I wasn't always part of the gang, but great playing football or Pier Tag or whatever. Lost touch as we all moved away, the lose is mine. God Speed, Mike.

Posted by Doug Parsons - Gloucester, MA   April 06, 2015


Posted by CHARLES LOGUE - Palm Bay, FL   April 01, 2015

God bless Ernie. A good hearted gentle giant of a man. Thoughts and prayers for everyone.

Posted by John Lukegord - Magnolia, MA   March 31, 2015

i always used to see "big ernie" when i would ride my bike to chucks. he was always smiling and waving. i delivered to him from magnolia house of pizza when i grew up. he was always very kind and loved by many.

Posted by kell ahlers - beverly, MA   March 31, 2015

Sadly missed he's truly a free bird now and will not be forgotten!

Posted by sam scola - magnolia, MA   March 31, 2015

Such a gentle friend, many happy memories of you. RIP Big Ernie.

Posted by Kim Howlett-Phillips - Gloucester, MA   March 31, 2015

I have many fond memories of Ernie growing up in Magnolia. Rest in peace Big Ernie.

Posted by Warren Brown - Cooper City, FL   March 31, 2015

My thoughts are with you all at this most difficult time. Be at peace, Ernie. You will be remembered by many.

Posted by Patricia Ambrose - Manchester, MA   March 31, 2015