Brian Neil Gillespie passed peacefully at the age of 42, on April 1st, 2022, after a long and difficult battle with cancer, surrounded by family and friends. Brian is survived by wife Suzie, sons Abram and Eli, parents Robin and Kenny, brother David, his wife Michelle, and their children, Tyler and Addy.
Brian was born in Kansas City, Missouri on June 25th, 1979. He grew up in Liberty, Missouri and attended Liberty High School. While attending Missouri State, he met his wife Suzie. They moved back to Kansas City, where Brian took a job at Cerner. His love for computer technology transformed into his passion and career. He moved on from Cerner to Bardavon then followed by Google where his passion really started to take off. He loved making a difference in healthcare.
Many would say that Brian was an avid cyclist. To those who really knew the truth, a devoted cyclist may be more accurate when you think about him on one of his many bikes. If it was warm and dry outside, he hit the trails or roads. Even in less-than-ideal weather, he was out there somewhere. Soon, his keen interest translated into racing (cycling and running). Brian’s noted race accomplishments include the New York City Marathon, Disney World Marathon, Ironman Canada, Triple and Double Bypass, and a run at Leadville 100 MTB.
Brian loved to fish. His favorite time to be on the lake was any weekend, at sunrise. Although he sometimes came up empty, he always made the best of the day. Many times, Brian and the boys would picnic on the boat. A few hours of some “dad and me time”, the three of them were always laughing and having fun. Brian’s giggle and smile always lit up a room
When someone asks about Brian’s most memorable attributes, Abram learned them in his dad’s final days after listening to the myriad of stories:
- Be wicked smart.
- Be a Badass at whatever you do.
- Be the nicest and kindest you can be to anyone and everyone you meet.
To Abe’s list, I will also add that his giggle and smile always lit up a room.
Please join us in a Celebration of his Life at:
The Legacy at Green Hills
On May 12th, 2022 From 4:30pm to 8:30pm
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the following:
Abram and Eli’s college funds (checks payable to College America, account # will be added in memo line)
or to First Descents: