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Gary Gill
01-07-2015, 03:19 AM
My uncle, David S. Gill passed away early this morning. He was 73 years old. He had been in poor health for a few years. He built approximately two hundred ukuleles. In his life he did much for many people and made a positive impact on those who knew him.

I personally have to thank him for teaching me woodworking skills at an early age and ukulele building skills over the last four years. He was my uncle, my friend and my mentor.

Thanks Unk for all you were to me.

If you happen to have a DS Gill ukulele, please play a song today in his memory.

Telperion
01-07-2015, 03:26 AM
Sorry for your loss, Gary. It sounds like you had a great relationship, and it's super cool that he was able to pass on so much of his experience and knowledge in woodworking and lutherie.

-Steve

wayfarer75
01-07-2015, 03:44 AM
Oh, that's really sad. I'm so sorry for your loss, Gary.

Ukulele Eddie
01-07-2015, 03:53 AM
Very sorry to hear about your loss, Gary. Hopefully those who own DG Gill uke's will give them extra attention now.

cb56
01-07-2015, 04:24 AM
Sorry for your loss Gary.
Playing my DS Gill uke now.
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hoosierhiver
01-07-2015, 04:31 AM
David was one of a kind. I won't forget him. For folks that didn't know him, David was a real individual, he used to get around Columbus with an electric car (before their were electric cars) because he was opposed to buying gasoline.

Here's Tim's article on him.
http://ukeeku.com/2010/07/19/david-s-gill-ukuleles/

Debby
01-07-2015, 04:31 AM
Sorry for your loss, Gary. You have awesome memories to cherish. I'll remember your family in my prayers.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
01-07-2015, 05:30 AM
I'm sorry Gary. I'm glad you remember him fondly and that you carry his presence within you.

mds725
01-07-2015, 07:59 AM
Sorry for your loss, Gary. I'm glad that you have fond memories of your dad to cherish. And that was a very cool article about him (link posted by Mainland Mike). I love his "accounting system."

thistle3585
01-07-2015, 09:32 AM
Wow, so sad. I really enjoyed spending time with Dave. He really went out of his way to share his knowledge, time and resources on instrument building. I am so grateful that I was able to call him a friend. I'll miss popping in and chatting instruments. Truly is a great loss. My thoughts are with you Gary. If there is anything I can do please don't hesitate to call.

Andrew

Doc_J
01-07-2015, 10:05 AM
Gary, so sorry to hear of your Uncle David's passing. While I never had the pleasure of meeting him, I did have the privilege to play one of his ukuleles.
He built a great sounding ukulele by any standard. Glad he was able to pass his passion for building ukuleles on to you.

Hodge

RPA_Ukuleles
01-07-2015, 10:24 AM
My condolences Gary. May some of your uncle David's ukulele mojo live on through your uke builds!

mm stan
01-07-2015, 11:00 AM
My sincere condolences for your and your families loss, may we all play a song and dedicate it to our fallen luthier
Today

PereBourik
01-07-2015, 11:36 AM
My sympathies too. I don't have one of his ukes. I'll play a song for him today.

Camsuke
01-07-2015, 11:44 AM
Best wishes to you and the family Gary.

iDavid
01-07-2015, 11:53 AM
Sad to see people pass and I feel for you Gary. It is wonderful that you uncle gave you a skill that you use daily. His memory lives on in each uke you build.

fabioponta
01-07-2015, 05:14 PM
He almost make a soprano for me in 2012. He talk about Woods, and he explain all that I need to know about top Woods, sides, backs, paciently. Really great person. Sad to know he pass... Condolences from Brazil.

bonesigh
01-07-2015, 05:40 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss. I don't happen to have one of his ukes but I'll surely play a lovely tune just for him tonight (: I'll even make it up just for him!

Icelander53
01-08-2015, 08:15 AM
Sorry for your loss, Gary. It sounds like you had a great relationship, and it's super cool that he was able to pass on so much of his experience and knowledge in woodworking and lutherie.

-Steve

Well loss is inevitable so I'll not lament that. Hopefully he was ready. So instead I'm grateful for your gains in having such a man in your life. You were very fortunate.

Gary Gill
01-08-2015, 12:35 PM
Thank you for the kind words. I will do my best to build as he did.

chenx2
01-09-2015, 07:37 AM
Sorry to hear that. Saw an interview of him (http://www.indiana.edu/~tradarts/craftingsound/index.html) and love the nice pineapples and flukes your uncle made.

billten
01-11-2015, 12:22 PM
My first ever 'real' uke was a cedar David S Gill concert fluke and the lovely tone combined with the unbelievable smell of that uke is what made me fall in love with playing the ukulule. Since then i have owned several 'high end' custom ukes but i always unpack 'David' when i am in the mood and he never fails to delight. The world is a little less bright today with the passing of an individual and interesting man who made me personally a happier man having a lovely instrument to fall in love with.

Thanks David, i know that wherever you are, you are doing things your way...

portlandia_me
01-15-2015, 07:52 AM
I'm sorry to hear this. I just bought a spalted hackberry concert ukelele made by him a few weeks ago. I appreciate his workmanship.

Gary Gill
01-15-2015, 08:05 AM
I'm sorry to hear this. I just bought a spalted hackberry concert ukelele made by him a few weeks ago. I appreciate his workmanship.

Thanks for the kind words. Your ukulele is beautiful. David gave me some of the same spalted hackberry log. I was able to make a couple of rosettes and headstock veneers with it.