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George J. Gillig, 87, of South Buffalo, died Friday (Dec. 17, 1999) in Father Baker Manor, Orchard Park, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Cheektowaga, he earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Detroit. Gillig worked for the Bell Aircraft Co. during World War II and then the Wurlitzer and Adema Heating companies, each for a short time.

In the early 1950s, Gillig returned to Bell and remained there until his retirement as assistant plant engineer in 1974. During his career, he saw the company go from Bell Aircraft to Bell Aerospace to Textron Industries.

After his retirement, Gillig and his wife, the former Geraldine Gallery, bought a trailer and traveled the United States for several years. She died in 1994.

He and his wife were founding members of the Buffalo Squares Dance Club in the early 1950s. He became an accomplished square-dance caller, calling dances even in his 80s.

Survivors include a son, David of Buffalo; a daughter, Judith Switzer of Buffalo; a brother, Franklin of Buffalo; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Martin of Toures Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road. Prayers will be said at 9 in McMahon Funeral Home, 982 Abbott Road. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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