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GILLIES, Paul Clark 56 of Lancaster, passed away on August 17, 2011. He was married to Marie Hersch Gillies. Born in the city of Manila in the Philippines to the late Earl and Milagros Gillies, a large portion of his youth was spent in the island nation; however Paul graduated from Bell High School in the City of Bell, California. After high school he returned to the Philippines to work with his father Earl. Paul worked closely with his father as chief mechanic in his father's business from 1974 through 1980, an innovator and problem solver who often developed and built better equipment from hauling sugarcane to building barges. Paul returned to the states with his family and spent his career as a Maintenance Engineer with large commercial bakeries. The last five years was spent in a supervisorial position at the Vons Bakery in Commerce, Calif. While Paul was very mechanically inclined in his career, his personal love of all things technological was prevalent in his daily life. Paul enjoyed all things associated with computers, gadgets and hi-tech toys. In addition to his hobbies and love of technology, he was a loving, kind and gregarious husband, father, brother and son. He is survived by his wife Marie; his daughters Michelle (John) Lynch and Caroll Gillies; his stepsons; Paul (Carrie) Sparkman, Shane (Toni) Sparkman and Thomas (Kristin) Sparkman. Paul is survived by his mother, Mila Gillies Bernethy and three siblings, John Gillies, Lorena Gillies and Robert Gillies. He will also be fondly remembered by his 8 grandchildren and nephew, Ryan Gerber. He is predeceased by his father Earl Gillies. A Celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 3, 2011, at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, 808 East Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, Calif.

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