Sunday, February 04, 2024

Dr. Patricia Louise Gill, Ed. D., R.I.P.

Dr. Pat Gill passed away on January 6, 2024, the Feast of Epiphany, Three Kings Day and Theophany in the Roman Catholic calendar    Pat died twelve years to the day after the death our mutual friend Robin Nadeau, whose annual Twelfth Night Party was a joyous occasion, with good folks, good food and good fellowship.   Dr.  Gill was a well-respected stickler for enforcement of St. Augustine Beach's zoning and planning code.  She was a welcome voice for the people in city and county overdevelopment issues.  She persuaded the City of St. Augustine Beach to acquire parkland. When land speculators/developers came to town, they feared her honest and accuracy.  She was my friend and mentor, who often raised the quality of debate when she spoke out for environmental and historic preservation in "our village," as  we call it.  We miss her already.  Her funeral is Friday, February 9, 2024:

Dr. Patricia Louise Gill obituary, St. Augustine, FL

Patricia Louise "Pat" Gill, age 88, of St. Augustine, passed away on January 6, 2024 at Bailey Center for Caring in St. Augustine, FL. Patricia was born on February 20, 1935 in New York City, NY to parents Samuel and Kathaleen (Dorman) Gill. She moved to St. Augustine Beach in 1944 and graduated from the Cathedral Parish Elementary School and attended St. Joseph Academy for 1 1/2 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, received her Master’s Degree from Columbia University in NYC and her Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Her mother said she was part gypsy and she lived to prove her correct by teaching in Connecticut, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Indies, and Africa. She was a Dean of Instruction in Tennessee, South Carolina and Florida.  

Her love of Africa and the children she taught in the schools in the United States and East Africa are what moved her the most since the beginning of her teaching career in 1956. She taught four years in Africa in the early 1960's. After retiring she went back to Africa to work with the children and teachers a number of times.  

Pat is probably best known locally for her work with the League of Women Voters to educate the voting public in her community of St. Johns County, and for her work with St. Augustine Beach politics while serving on the Planning and Zoning Board, and the Code Enforcement Board and her continued involvement in commissioner candidate’s campaigns. 

She is survived by two brothers: Samuel E. Gill III of New York and Robert E. Dolan of Orlando; 4 nieces, one nephew, 6 grandnieces, 2 grandnephews and 2 goddaughters. 

A memorial mass will be held at 9 am on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024 at St. Anastasia Catholic Church. Interment in the Cloisters columbarium follow the service and reception will be held in the Sister Enda of Eran Formation Center at the church. Those unable to attend can view the service live streamed at

St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

In lieu of flowers, Pat preferred to have donations sent to The League of Woman Voters Jacksonville/First Coast Education Fund by mailing a check payable to LWVJFC Education Fund. The mailing address is  
LWVJFC, P.O.Box 330353, Atlantic Beach, FL. 32233

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Memorial Mass

FEB 99:00 AM (ET)

St. Anastasia Catholic Church

5205 A1A South

St. Augustine, FL 32080

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