John Hamilton Gillespie Biography – First Mayor of Sarasota, Florida. Summary: John Hamilton Gillespie. The son of Sir John Gillespie, John Hamilton was sent here by his father to make good on the promises of the Florida Mortgage and Investment Co., which sold the concept of a Sarasota paradise to a group of 60 Scottish families. Most of them left, as the place was primitive at best, a dump at worst. But young Gillespie set about to building Sarasota, became the first mayor and built the first golf course.
2nd Biography – Sarasota History & Marker
Robert Gillespie SUFFOLK, VA- Robert Gillespie, 67, formerly of Orlando, died June 18, 2018. A native of New Jersey, he was the widower of Kathryn Carver Gillespie. Robert was a retired financial advisor with Raymond James and a Harley Davidson Motorcycle enthusiast. Robert is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth White and husband Stephen, Kathryn Simmons and husband Bo, and Rebecca Bahadar; seven grandchildren, Isabel Erdman, Sam Erdman, Gabby Erdman, Zoe Simmons, Ashton Simmons, Liam White and Kathryn Claire White; three sisters; and one brother.Services will be private.