The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 11, 2013

Joel Stephen Gillin

MINERAL POINT — GILLIN – Joel Stephen, 63, Mineral Point, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at the Palliative Care Unit of Windber Hospice. Joel endured a 16-month-long battle with brain cancer. Born Sept. 12, 1950, in Johnstown, and was the only child of Andrew Carlyle and Doris Katherine (Hoover) Gillin. Joel grew up in Summerhill and was a 1968 graduate of Forest Hills High School. Joel was passionate about cars and worked at Ron Davidson Chevrolet for 40 years as the parts department manager. In his spare time, he enjoyed repairing and rebuilding cars. Many knew Joel because of his custom yellow 1940 Chevy Coupe, which he proudly drove only when the sun was shining. He also was known to diagnose a malfunctioning car by the sound of the engine. He enjoyed NASCAR races, classic car shows, oldies music, shooting guns and being outdoors. Member of National Rifle Association and National Street Rodders Association and attended Emmanuel Baptist Church. Joel was a loving family man who worked very hard to provide a wonderful life for them. He was married to his wife, Beverly Kay (Miller) for 40 happy years. Survived by his wife and their children, son, Jason Carlyle (Jennifer) Gillin; daughter, Stacy Lynn Gillin; daughter, Ashley Marie (Nick) Mastrine; and grandchildren, Matthew James Gillin (12), Ethan Carlyle Gillin (9) and Sofia Joeline Mastrine (3 months). Also survived by his mother, Doris Katherine Previte; and godmother, Violette McCall; as well as many dear friends and extended family. Joel was loving and proud husband, father, grandfather, son and friend. Preceded in death by his father, Andrew Carlyle Gillin. The family would like to extend sincere gratitude to the numerous doctors and nurses who collaborated in Joel’s care, the Palliative Care Unit of Windber Hospice, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Ron Davidson family and many dear family and friends who visited and prayed for Joel. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork. Viewing also from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 425 Luther Road, Johnstown, the Rev. David Streets. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Joel to First National Bank, 274 Jamesway Road, Ebensburg, Pa. 15931, to help with numerous medical expenses. (

Text Only | Photo Reprints

What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results