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Jonathan P. Gilfillan, 46, founder of Texas-based commercial real estate company

Jan. 29, 1973 - Sept. 25, 2019

A celebration of the life ceremony for Buffalo native Jonathan Peter Gilfillan – founder of a Houston, Texas- based commercial real estate company – is scheduled to be held on Nov. 8 at the Park Country Club in Williamsville.

Mr. Gilfillan died Sept. 25 in Houston after a nearly yearlong battle with cancer. He was 46.

Born in Buffalo, he excelled at many sports and was named All-Western New York Lacrosse Star Athlete at Williamsville East High School, from which he graduated in 1991. The "Jon Gilfillan Heart Award" was recently established in his honor at the school, where he will be posthumously inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.

Mr. Gilfillan graduated with honors from St. Lawrence University in St. Lawrence County in 1995. He began his professional career the same year in Buffalo. His success in the commercial real estate industry ultimately led Mr. Gilfillan to Texas, where he was a founding member and senior managing director of the Houston office for Berkadia, a commercial real estate company.

Despite settling in Houston, Mr. Gilfillan remained loyal to his hometown National Football League team, the Buffalo Bills, and displayed his pride for the team wherever he traveled. Last October, just a few weeks before his cancer diagnosis, Mr. Gilfillan hosted friends from Buffalo who traveled to Houston for a Bills-Texans matchup.

He is survived by his wife, Stacy Harris; a son, Ethan J.; his mother, Caroline; and a sister, Sarah E. O'Toole.

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