Barbara Gillespie

Obituary of Barbara Kennedy Gillespie

Barbara Kennedy Gillespie, 91, entered eternal rest on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Born on November 30, 1932, in New York, Barbara was the beloved daughter of the late Matthew and Florence (Campbell) Kennedy.

Beloved wife of the late George E. Gillespie. Loving mother of Michael Gillespie (Rose), Hugh Gillespie (Siobhan), Paul Gillespie (Loretta), the late Annmarie Kulaka (Stephen Kulaka), James Gillespie (Linda) and Maureen Gillespie-McEvoy (the late Patrick McEvoy). Barbara's legacy also includes being a cherished grandmother to Saudia (Peter Cardo), Sierra (Eddie Manson), Patrice, Patrick (Ashley), Christopher, Kathleen, Grace, Paul Jr., Thomas, Robert, Matthew, Jacqueline, James, Meaghan, Elizabeth, Florence, Isabella, Brendan and Colin, as well as a dear great-grandmother to Liam and Catalina. She was the beloved sister of the late Ann McInerney (late William), the late Matthew Kennedy (late Julia Kennedy) and Paul Kennedy (late Carol Kennedy), and a loving aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Barbara took great pride in her accomplishments, particularly her master's degree in education. She was not only intellectually accomplished but also artistically gifted, excelling in Art including woodworking, painting, and stained glass. Her creativity knew no bounds, and her work reflected her passion and talent.

Beyond her achievements, Barbara was a force of nature. Sh possessed a daring spirit and a great sense of humor, bringing joy and laughter to those around her. Her adventurous side was evident in her love for cannonballing into the pool at Breezy Point, a pastime she enjoyed until just seven years ago.

Barbara's faith was central to her life. A devout Catholic, she found solace and strength in her beliefs. Her commitment to her church was unwavering, and she dedicated her time to volunteering, both within her parish and for the Right to Life.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday, February 26, from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Marine Park Funeral Home, 3024 Quentin Road, Brooklyn.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, February 27, at St. Vincent Ferrer R.C. Church, 925 East 37 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11210, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn.

Barbara Kennedy Gillespie's memory will forever be cherished by those whose lives she touched with her love, kindness, and unwavering spirit.





4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday, February 26, 2024
Marine Park Funeral Home, Inc.
3024 Quentin Road
Brooklyn, New York, United States


10:30 am
Tuesday, February 27, 2024
St. Vincent Ferrer R.C. Church
925 East 37 Street
Brooklyn, New York, United States
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