In Loving Memory: Clyde Standish Gill, of Sandwich, 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 25, 2021. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Barbara L Gill. Family was very important to Clyde, who worked hard his whole life to make sure that they were taken care of. He is survived by his brother Alan Gill and his wife Eva, his son Charles Gill and his wife Michelle, his son John Gill and his wife Patricia, his grandchildren Melissa Frye and her husband Scott, Nicole Perullo and her husband Jarel, Connor Gill, Ryan Gill and Megan Gill, and his great-grandchildren Lorelei Frye and Robert Frye.
Clyde was born in Lowell, MA on September 15, 1930, to the late H. Franklin and Nolia (Hopkins) Gill. He was a member of the Lowell High School graduating class of 1948 and went on to receive degrees from The Stockbridge School of Agriculture, Northeastern University, and Anna Maria College. Clyde came to Sandwich in 1951 to work on Roberti’s Dairy Farm. His milk delivery route brought him to the Dan’l Webster Inn where he met Barbara, who worked as a waitress. They married in 1953. From 1953 to 1955 Clyde served his country in the US Army at Fort Eustis in Virginia. At the completion of his service, he and Barbara returned to Sandwich to start their family. Clyde and Barbara opened their hearts and their home to many over the years and he will be remembered for his generous compassion and duty to service.
For more than 30 years Clyde was a member of the Sandwich Police Department, beginning his career on Halloween night 1958 as a special police officer. He joined the force on a permanent basis in June of 1962. His positions within the department included dog officer, safety and juvenile officer, and court prosecutor. During this time he was also president of the Massachusetts Juvenile Officers Association. When he retired in May of 1989, Clyde had attained the distinguished privilege of being the town’s first Police Lieutenant. Never one to shy away from working hard, Clyde proudly held many other jobs throughout his lifetime. In addition to his work at Roberti’s Dairy Farm, he also worked for AF German Auto Parts, RF Morse, Orleans Auto Parts, Edible Arrangements, and as a school bus driver, driver’s ed instructor, and plowing snow. Lt. Gill enjoyed serving his town and its people and spoke fondly of his years as a member of the police department. He could be found every September at the SPD Clambake lending a hand and swapping stories with his fellow officers. Clyde’s duty to his town extended into his role as Town Constable which he held from 1969 to 2020.
Lt. Gill was a man of service and he spent many of his off work hours volunteering in his community. As a member of the Sandwich Bourne Lion’s Club, Clyde could be found at town band concerts, town fairs, Easter egg hunts and pancake breakfasts sharing his gregarious nature and infectious laugh. He was the recipient of the Melvin Jones fellowship award. As a member of the First Church Sandwich UCC, he served as a youth minister during his early years in Sandwich and as a friendly face at their weekly soup lunches more recently. As a volunteer for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he helped support other veterans by giving them rides to medical appointments at the VA hospital in Providence RI. He dedicated over 3500 hours and 11 years of service to the DVA.
Readily sharing his warmth, kindness, and humor, Clyde never met a stranger. A celebration of his full and wonderful life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his honor to The Sandwich Bourne Lion’s Club P.O. Box 197 Sandwich, MA or First Church Sandwich UCC P.O. Box 810 Sandwich, MA. Arrangements were made by the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home.