Virginia Gill, 92, longtime Globe ad-taker for classified section

Mrs. Gill, according to her family, was hired by the Globe in the mid-1940s and her family’s connection to the paper spanned 70 years.
Mrs. Gill, according to her family, was hired by the Globe in the mid-1940s and her family’s connection to the paper spanned 70 years.

On Friday evenings, when their work week at The Boston Globe ended, Owen and Ginny Gill spent what they called “date night,’’ dining out at a favorite South Shore restaurant before returning home to Scituate, sometimes for a game of bridge with friends.

Mrs. Gill, according to her family, was hired by the Globe in the mid-1940s as an ad-taker for its classifieds section. After taking time off to raise seven children, she continued in the same role in 1967, retiring as a part-time employee in 1988.

Her husband worked in outside sales for the Globe from 1953 to1988 and the couple made the transition from the Globe building on Newspaper Row in Boston to its recently quitted headquarters on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester.


“They loved the Globe and the friends they made there,’’ said the couple’s daughter, Maureen Long, who noted that her mother was a frequent winner of the monthly award for processing the most ads in the classifieds department.

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Mrs. Gill, who cherished her Irish heritage and whose favorite song was “When Irish Eyes are Smiling,’’ died June 23 from complications of congestive heart failure at the Pat Roche Hospice Home in Hingham. She was 92 and a longtime Scituate resident.

Her family’s connection to the Globe spanned 70 years.

Maureen, a Scituate resident, worked at the Globe from 1989 to 2015 as an Ask the Globe researcher and transcriber, payroll administrator, and contest coordinator.

She has fond memories of special summer vacations when her parents and siblings would “pile into the station wagon with each of us allowed one paper bag of luggage and either head north to New Hampshire or Vermont and south towards the Cape.’’


Other more distant family destinations as the children grew older included Niagara Falls , the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., and Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Born in Somerville, Virginia M. Gill was a daughter of Thomas J. O’Leary and the former Mary Ellen Neylon who were married on St. Patrick’s Day 1912 in County Clare, Ireland.

Her parents, because of a train that was late getting to the docks at Queensland, Ireland, were unable to board the ship that would take them on what would have been their honeymoon voyage to New York City.

The liner was RMS Titanic, which sank on its first voyage, and Mrs. Gill often told her family that if not for the tardy train, “you probably wouldn’t be here today.’’

Mrs. Gill’s son and family historian, Steve, of Sandwich, said the newlyweds sailed on another White Star liner, the SS Arabic, directly to Boston in June 1912, where Thomas eventually worked for the Boston Elevated Railway and was a trolley conductor.


The youngest of their eight children, Mrs. Gill graduated from the former St. John High School in Cambridge in 1943 then enrolled at the former Burdett College of Business and Shorthand in Boston.

She met Owen D. Gill, who grew up in Lowell and had served with the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II, while on a summer excursion to Hampton Beach. They married in 1951 and resided in Watertown and Randolph before moving to Scituate in 1962.

The couple, in retirement, spent winters in Marco Island, Fla., and also visited her relatives in Lahinch and Kilshanny, Ireland.

Mr. and Mrs. Gill were lifetime members of the Knights of Columbus and went on golfing weekends and their first cruise to Bermuda with friends from that organization. They also bowled in a candlepin league in Scituate. Owen Gill died in 2008.

When she was 86, Mrs. Gill fell down the basement stairs and broke her hip. “After a few weeks in rehab, she was back walking and within weeks she had started bowling again, said Maureen, now projects coordinator with ATI Systems in East Boston. “There was no way a little broken hip would keep her down.’’

In addition to Maureen and Steve, Mrs. Gill leaves her daughters Paula Weaver of Boulder, Colo., and Terry Garon of Scituate; her sons, Mike and Tom of Marshfield and Kevin of Lakeville; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. on June 29 in St. Mary of the Nativity Church in Scituate. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Scituate.

Mrs. Gill is remembered by her children as a best friend to them. She loved telling a joke, valued friendships, stressed honesty, and had a strong work ethic.

“She would do anything for anyone in our family,’’ Maureen said.

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