Gill was Bobcat player 74 on the 1968 state finalist football team. He was also a champion bowler and served in the U.S. Air Force.
Building on 25 years of volunteer fire fighting experience which began with the Refugio VFD at age 14, Gill began a lifetime career as an independent business man and contract sales representative for fire apparatus and fire protection and rescue products.
He has the distinction of selling more fire trucks than any single individual in the country. Over the years, he represented Fire Fox, FMC, Becker Fire, E-One, Rosenbauer, Emergency Vehicles of Texas, and Smeal, and was always the lead salesman.
John has been a guest instructor at Texas Engineering Extension Services’ fire training for municipal and industrial schools. He was a guest speaker at fire service conferences across the nation.
Over the past four years, John helped bring to the forefront Compressed Air Foam Systems as an innovation for the fire service. The Fourth Annual John Gill Compressed Air Symposium will be held in Gill’s honor Feb. 26 - March 1 in Beaumont at the Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza.
He was born in Refugio on Aug. 29, 1951, to James B. and Mona Lisa Gill. He is preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Jimmy.
Survivors include his wife Angela; two daughters, Jennifer and Jessica, all of Cypress.
Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, from 6-8 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Refugio. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the John B. Gill Benefit Memorial through any Wells Fargo Bank. For more information go to www.firefighterstoolco.com.