It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Captain James Gillard. James is survived by his loving wife, Michelle; daughter, Olivia; son, Benton, and his extended family and friends.
James died on November 2, 2020 as a result of traumatic injuries he sustained while off-duty. He began his career with Martin County Fire Rescue in 1996 and then joined Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in 1999. His current assignment was Station 16/A.
James had many friends and was always ready to make another one. He was a funny guy and loved making people laugh even at their expense. He never let an opportunity to help someone pass by him. He had a heart that was full of kindness and generosity.
He loved his family and was dedicated to them. He cherished the love of his life, Michelle and did his best to give her all of his love. He had a special father-daughter relationship with Olivia who was the apple of his eye. He loved every moment they spent together. His son, Benton was his little buddy. He loved to spend time with him, and they shared many hobbies together. He was definitely a one-of-a-kind husband and father. He will truly be missed by all.
Funeral arrangements are being made and details will be announced when finalized. Your generous donation will help this family with expenses during this difficult time.