Johnathan J. Gilligan, 32, video store clerk, veteran

October 07, 2003

Johnathan J. Gilligan, a Navy veteran who was a video store clerk, died of lung disease Thursday at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in downtown Baltimore. The Mount Vernon resident was 32.

Born in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, he was a graduate of Glen Este High School in Cincinnati. He enlisted in the Navy, where he was an electrical repairman. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the Persian Gulf war.

He moved to Baltimore in 1997. For the past four years, he was a clerk at Mount Vernon Video on West Read Street.

"He was a terrific worker. He could handle tough situations," said store manager Charles Norwaish. "Our customers were crying at the counter when they heard he had died."

Services will be held at noon today at Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Survivors include his father, David C. Gilligan of Cincinnati; his mother, Sandra L. Gilligan of Georgetown, Ohio; a brother, James Gilligan of San Diego; and a sister, Kim Brothers of Cincinnati.

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