Douglas Gillespie

Obituary of Douglas E. Gillespie

The services that were scheduled have been postponed until a date and time to be announced.

Douglas E. Gillespie, 66, of Brielle passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 12, 2020.  He was born in Neptune and raised in Adelphia before settling in Brielle. Doug had worked at Y.A.C.C. in Highbridge, where he met his wife, Valerie.  He then went on to become a woodshop teacher at Collier High School prior to becoming the Vice Principal. Doug was a member of the Olive Branch Masonic Lodge #16 in Freehold and could always be found working on his house which he proudly built from the ground up with his wife.  He loved to spend time walking on the beach and riding his bike in Manasquan. Doug also enjoyed working on his cars, stargazing, and playing music. He was a true animal lover and above all else, Doug loved spending time with his family.

Doug was predeceased by his wife, Valerie in 2020; mother, Virginia Gillespie in 2019; and father, Douglas Gillespie in 2007.  He is survived by his loving children, Kathleen Goldberg and her husband, Thomas of Toms River and Margaret Gillespie of New York City; granddaughter, Riley Goldberg; and siblings, Christine Sague and her husband, Garrett of Beachwood, Thomas Gillespie and his wife, Alison of Bethlehem, PA, and Laurie Anne Patterson and her husband, Carl of Howell; and many loving family and friends.

The services that were scheduled have been postponed until a date and time to be announced.  For those who desire, memorial contributions in Doug’s name may be made to Collier Youth Services, 160 Conover Road, Wickatunk, New Jersey, 07765. For information, directions, or condolence messages to the family, visit