Obituary for Erik Gilleland

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Erik Gilleland

March 1, 1969 - April 5, 2019

Erik Gilleland, born March 1st, passed away peacefully April 5th, surrounded by family and supported by his many friends. He recently retired as a detective from the Dublin Police Department and the FBI – Columbus Child Exploitation Task Force; ending 28 distinguished years in law enforcement. He was a graduate of St Charles Preparatory School, member of The Shamrock Club of Columbus, The Emerald Society and president of the Columbus Currach Club. He was an active member in the Grandview Heights School District where he always supported students to achieve the goals set before them. An avid bagpipe player, his heartfelt playing will be missed at family events.Above all, Erik most loved his family and lived a life full of laughter and was respected by all who knew him.  He leaves behind his mother Bobbi, step-mother Nancy, brother Steven (Kara), step sisters JuLynn and LaRonda, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and the loves of his life, his wife of 30 years Paula, daughter Molly, and son Bryan. To the end, he stood true to his motto to have no regrets.

A memorial service will be held at the New Hope Church, 4739 W. Powell Road, Powell, 43065at 10am on April 15th, followed by an Irish wake at the Shamrock Club of Columbus. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Get Behind the Badge


A memorial service will be held at the New Hope Church, 4739 W. Powell Road, Powell, 43065at 10am on April 15th, followed by an Irish wake at the Shamrock Club of Columbus.

Christine Moore posted on April 9, 2019

The Moore’s send heartfelt prayers. May Erik’s soul Rest In Peace.

Monica Bolton posted on April 9, 2019

Paula, please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of your husband. May God bless you and your children in this time of sorrow. Love, Monica

Patrick Clark posted on April 9, 2019

Incredibly saddened to hear of Erik's passing. I'll always remember the fun times we had racing curraghs and enjoying the post-game socials! His grit and dedication to his loved ones were incredible, and he will be missed.

Sheila Brex posted on April 9, 2019

Oh, Paula, I am so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to you, Molly, and Bryan. ❤️

Dick Adair posted on April 9, 2019

So sorry to hear of Erik’s passing, a great rower in his day. Dick Adair Albany

Bill Best posted on April 9, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Eric in the county down at Jackson Pike and again on operations when Eric was a Dublin Detective. Eric was a good cop and a great guy. May Eric be at peace and God watch over his family.

Duke and LaTonya Hobson posted on April 9, 2019

I sincerely believe that before one can be a good anything, one must first be a good human being. Erik stands very tall on goodness. Our heartfelt prayers and God’s Blessings go out to his family.

Lora Vichich Ramsey posted on April 9, 2019

Oh Paula, we are so very sorry to hear about Erik’s passing. I still remember him having such a great sense of humor and how proud you were of him when he became a police officer all those years ago. My prayers and love go out to your entire family and especially you and Molly and Bryan.

Katie Reed posted on April 9, 2019

Paula, so sorry for the loss of Erik. Hope memories of your life together brings you comfort.

Paula Parrish posted on April 9, 2019

Paula Gilleland & Family, So sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Paula Parrish

Andy & Wendi Beauseau posted on April 8, 2019

Forty years is a long time to know a friend and yet not near long enough. My wife and I will miss Erik tremendously. We have the benefit of knowing the great family and love that Erik grew in the time since he met Paula. We saw the love with Molly, Bryan, and Paula and recognize the special gift his outgoing joy had on them and everyone he met. With love.....

Patrick Clark posted on April 8, 2019

Erik was always a good friend whose toughness and dedication to his family were truly amazing. We had a lot of great times on and off the water and he will be truly missed. Condolences to Paula and the family during this difficult time.

Tammy Vigh posted on April 8, 2019

Erik, thank you for everything. The talks, the learing experiences and the stories. I will never forget you. I am so sorry you had to deal with this terrible disease but you put up a great fight. Sending love to you and your family. #161 gone but NEVER forgotten.

Jeffrey Simmons posted on April 8, 2019

My deepest condolences and prayers to the Gilleland family...Erik was a super guy and was most importantly a super husband and father...Love and Prayers through this time of grief...I hope in all the sadness we can remember all the smiles he created and goodwill he spread through all he knew...Love Jeff and Judi Simmons


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