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Claire Gill

Claire Lynn "GiGi" Gill

Monday, June 14th, 2021
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Claire Lynn “GiGi” Gill, 75 of Coventry, formally of Clinton, passed away at Hartford Hospital on June 14, 2021, after a long illness of Cerebral Amyloid Angioplasty (CAA), surrounded by her family. Born on February 4, 1946, in Manchester, Connecticut, daughter of the late Claire (Mathieu) and Victor Darr. She leaves behind her beloved husband of 53 years Mal, her daughter Heather and her husband Jonathan their children Gavin and Bowen from Clinton. She also leaves behind her son Matthew, his wife Jen and their children Madison, Jackson and Carly from Barrington, RI. She is also survived by her brother and several nieces and nephews as well as her cousins Jimmy and Mark.

Claire was a proficient acrobat student for years before she turned to teaching it in Norwich and Clinton. She was also a secretary at the Jared Elliot Middle School for 25 years.

Since she was a baby she spent her summers on Coventry Lake at her grandmother’s cottage, swimming in the lake with her cousins and becoming an excellent water skier. Claire and Mal bought the cottage in 1978 and spent summers there until 2012 when, after they both retired, built their dream house overlooking the lake and moved there full time. Since then, she’s enjoyed watching and teaching her grandchildren how to swim, kayak, paddle board and water ski.

Claire loved to sew, especially making Halloween costumes for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time in her yard and her gardens where she’d spend hours planting and weeding. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren: watching the boys fish, taking the girls shopping and watching them all play sports.

Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family from 4-7 PM on Thursday, June 17th at the Coventry-Pietras Funeral Home, 2665 Boston Tpke. (Rte. 44) Coventry. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, June 18th at St. Mary’s Church, 1600 Main St., Coventry. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Coventry.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you support the CAA Research Center to help them come up with a cure for this brain disease by making a donation via check to the "Massachusetts General Hospital - Fund 028184" at: Massachusetts General Hospital, Development Office, Attn: Elizabeth Barberio, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114-1101. For online condolences please visit:
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 17th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, June 17th, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Coventry - Pietras Funeral Home
    2665 Boston Turnpike
    Coventry 06238
  • Service

    Friday, June 18th, 2021 | 10:30am
    Friday, June 18th, 2021 10:30am
    St. Mary Church, Coventry
    1600 Main St.
    Coventry 06238
  • Interment

    St. Mary Cemetery (Coventry)
    Plains Rd
    Coventry 060238


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Ted Doucette

Posted at 10:43pm
To the family of Claire Gill:

My name is Theodore "Ted" Doucette from Louisville, Kentucky, formally of Clinton, and me and my sister Bridget along with my Mom Kathleen all knew Claire from our days at the Jared Eliot Middle School. We will always remember her as a warm, energetic, kind, sweet, beautiful lady and beautiful soul who was a wonderful friend to all she came in contact with and always greeted everyone with a smile and was well-liked and well respected by all. I'll also especially remember how, back in the 7th grade, I was worried about my Mom (I forget what the circumstances were) and bottom line is, I was worried something bad had happened to her. Claire went out of her way to give my Mom a call while I was in school to be sure everything was OK and thank God it was and she even came over to Mrs. Passante's (god rest her soul as well) 7th grade class and told me she was fine and I felt so much better and I'll always remember that. Our sincerest thoughts, prayers, and sympathies to all of you from afar on the passing of your beloved wife and mother. Heaven has gained an angel and beautiful soul and we have a lot to celebrate on a wonderful life well lived.

Ruth W. Rose

Posted at 08:45pm
Heather and Family,
Sending our sincerest condelences, love and prayers to you and your family.
Your mother was an amazing, loving woman and I'm sure she knew how well-loved she was by your entire family.
Wishing you strength to get through the days and weeks ahead. May wonderful memories help to sustain you and to keep your mother's spirit alive in your hearts.
In deepest sympathy,
Ruth Rose and family

Candace & Rick Way

Posted at 12:54pm
Sweet and witty, kind and loving!! We have wonderful memories of times spent at the cottage when our children were young!!! And we were just talking recently how Claire’s technique in teaching my kids to swim was outstanding!!! And the times spent together with our girls on the Audrey Ward Dance Team are just the best memories!!! Rick and I send out sincerest sympathies to you all. May our Lord’s loving arms give you comfort and peace.

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