Gillian Grey

Born: Wed., May 27, 1931
Died: Mon., Jan. 9, 2017

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Sat., Feb. 04, 2017
Location: St. Benedict's Episcopal Church

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Singer, Entertainer Gillian Grey’s physical body died January 9, 2017.  Born, May 27, 1931 in Inglewood California to show business parents, Gillian began singing publicly at age 7, graduated from Hollywood High School and sang in Edwin Tester’s Light Opera. She appeared on numerous TV Shows including Danny Thomas, Sid Caesar, Arthur Godfrey and the Bell Telephone Hour. Gillian’s career took her to Las Vegas,  NY’s Latin Quarter. New England Summer Stock Theaters and hotels and supper clubs across Canada and the US.  She especially enjoyed being in the 1952-1953 tour of John Brown’s Body staring Judith Anderson, Raymond Massey and Tyrone Power.  Gillian touched the lives of many with her talent, joy, humor and warmth while entertaining on world cruises for the Norwegian American and Cunard Cruise Lines. Back on land. she continued singing in South Florida adding to her repertoire amazing imitations of a range of female stars, including Patsy Cline, Doris Day, Marlena Dietrich, Norma Desmond, Judy Garland, Hermione Gingold, Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, Edith Piaf, Barbara Streisand, and a hilarious rendition of Julia Childs cooking a chicken.  While Gillian’s passion was singing, she enjoyed horseback riding, scuba diving, caving, entertaining at home and painting.

Throughout her life, Gillian had a spiritual thirst for a deepening relationship with her Lord which overflowed in singing for churches, ministries including that of Katherine Kuhlman, and conferences. At her home Church, Saint Benedict’s Episcopal, she sang in the choir where she was a cantor, participated in Healing and Centering Prayer Ministries and initiated the Labyrinth Ministry.  She also treasured being part of the Cenacle Companions of the former Lantana Cenacle.  At Covenant Village, where she lived the last two years, she enjoyed being a part of the Chorus and singing for events.  Fighting illness but inspired by the Holy Spirit, Gillian’s radiance and joy always shone through when she sang.   At her passing, it was as if the door of the caged songbird flew open and she soared into the arms of her Heavenly Father.

Gillian was predeceased by her mother, Irma Josephine Haffner, her father, Mack Bissette and brother, Edward Van Bergan.  She is survived by her many friends from all walks of life who were uplifted by her joy, her song and her love, and by her beloved cat, Peaches.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 4th at 11 AM in Saint Benedict’s Episcopal Church of Plantation, followed by lunch in Fellowship Hall with the opportunity to share memories. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Saint Benedict’s Episcopal Church (7801 NW 5th Street, Plantation FL 33324) for the Labyrinth Ministry or charity of choice.



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