- September 24, 1947 - November 9, 2012
- Indianapolis, Indiana
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I first met Big John when I was a guest on the morning show with Pidge and Terri. I had mentioned that I wanted to go into broadcasting and he really gave me great advice. I didn't know him personally, but the few times we did see each other, he was very down to earth and love striking up conversations with people he never met. I still take his advice no matter where I go in my broadcasting career-whether it be back home in Indiana or some 2,000 miles away in Louisiana.
Posted by: Renee Larson - New Orleans , LA Jan 15, 2013
I never had the opportunity to meet John, or listen to his show, but I have met many people who had that opportunity and they spoke very highly of him. My condolences to the family.
Posted by: John W Gillis - None Nov 20, 2012
To the family,
I remember Big John well, and was saddened to learn of his passing. We were at IU and he was someone I always liked and looked up to. May you be comforted thinking of the good times you had. He 's flying higher than any traffic copter ever could!
Posted by: Doug Rafferty - Yarmouth, , ME - friend Nov 19, 2012
Big John Gillis- Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for being you. Thank you for sharing your family with my family. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your example. Thank you for always helping others. Thank you for being fun. Thank you for all the connections you gave me freely without reservation or expectation of compensation.Thank you for sharing your ideals of Love, community,character building,optimism, patriotism and charity. Thank you for your voice but most of
Posted by: Ken Loudenback - Indianapolis, IN - Friend Nov 18, 2012
We'd like to send our heartfelt sympathy to John's wife and family.
Posted by: David & Ann Guldin - Adrian, MI - high school classmate Nov 18, 2012
I had the honor to meet Big John just before he took off to the east coast in the 70's. We met over at Stouffers in the Grog Shop, behind IBC/NAP when I came over with Cris Conner for lunch. John was already eating and asked us to join him. He finished before we did and all I remember was when he stood up, he looked like a GIANT from my perspective. Over the years as I worked in Indianapolis
Posted by: Johnny George - Fishers, IN - friend & co-worker Nov 17, 2012
I knew John in high school, through the MYF (church youth group), if you can believe that! Our paths crossed sporadically through the years and I always was glad to see him. My husband, Charlie, knew John through Sherry, when she was at Ritter, and we always wanted to get together. Sadly, that will have to wait now. The world will be a less wonderful place without John's voice, personality, and presence.
Posted by: Kate Lehman Walker - West Lafayette, IN - Friend Nov 17, 2012
I had the pleasure of working briefly with John when he returned to Indianapolis after programming our sister station in Boston, WVBF. John returned as a production manager for a while before moving on to various other parts of the Fairbanks Broadcasting empire. He was there a lot of evenings and we got to talk on many occasions. The makers of denim jumpsuits the world over mourn your passing, John, as do I. John was a kind and generous man. He will be missed.
Posted by: Steven "Majik Mitchell" Shields - Atlanta, GA - Co-worker Nov 17, 2012
Big John and I worked together and were friends throughout the heydey of WIBC Radio, when it was at its zenith. He was a major factor in allowing all of us to enjoy the success of one of America's great stations. Always upbeat, always a little bit crazy, but always entertaining and informative in his own special way. Wherever he is at this moment, if there is a traffic problem he is reporting on it and doing his best to get it straightend away. We'll miss you Big John.
Posted by: Jerry Baker - Indianapolis, IN - friend Nov 17, 2012
This is Tom's wife writing to tell you how sorry we are at Big John's passing. Tom had over a 30 year friendship with John and one of his favorite memories was John taking him up in the copter with him. Tom introduced us several years ago and one of my favorite photos is one Tom took of John and I several years ago. We were unable to attend the service due to work, but wanted to let us know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by: Tom Jena - Indianapolis, IN - Long time friend Nov 17, 2012